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Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Edward Feser recently posted a “Note on Falsification,” beginning, Antony Flew’s famous 1950 article “Theology and Falsification” posed what came to be known as the ‘falsificationist challenge’ to theology.  A claim is falsifiable when it is empirically testable — that is to say, when it makes predictions about what will be observed under such-and-such circumstances such that, if the predictions don’t pan out, the claim is thereby shown to be false.  The idea that a genuinely scientific claim must be falsifiable…

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I Was Not Named Thomas Gilson For Nothing! ;-)

I Was Not Named Thomas Gilson For Nothing! ;-)

I am not Catholic. I cannot assent to the view of the Reformation presented in the blog post I’m about to direct you to. I am not Catholic. I see the Pope as a spiritual leader of a Church to which I do not belong and with which I have significant differences, but whose interests and fate are inextricably wrapped up in the fate of the entire world, in many ways even gloriously so. It is a Church within which…

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Something Different About This Philosopher

Something Different About This Philosopher

A philosopher came through the university, explaining the purpose of life, the way to happiness, the answer to the question of immortality, and the truth about right and wrong, good and evil. He spoke plainly. He avoided argument except over his right he speak; for he spoke on his own authority, and as if speaking for God himself: “It is true because because God says so, and I speak for God. My words are attested by the power of my…

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Is Faith An Unreliable Epistemology?

Is Faith An Unreliable Epistemology?

Though he has yet to respond to mine, which came first in the sequence of our discussions, I’m going to devote some time now to James Lindsay’s “central question, ” which is whether the epistemology of faith is unreliable. The answer is no, because the question is wrong in its premises. I’ll have to apologize for the length of this post. It takes time to answer a question, when the first step is to explain how the question is built…

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Do We Need To Prove All Other Religions False?

Do We Need To Prove All Other Religions False?

Comment conversations here lately have brought up the question, “Sure, you think Christianity is true. Muslims think Islam is true. Hindus think Hinduism is true. What makes you think you’re any more right than they are? Not only that, but if you applied the same standard to Christianity that you do to those other religions, you would reject Christianity just like you do all of them.” That’s not so, actually. I’ve looked at the world’s major religions. Here briefly are…

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SSM, Reason, and the Religious Divide: The Essential Meaning of “Marriage”

SSM, Reason, and the Religious Divide: The Essential Meaning of “Marriage”

President Obama declared his affirmation of same-sex “marriage” yesterday. His opinion changes nothing except the legal and political environment. More specifically, it has no effect on what marriage actually is, because the meaning of marriage is not up to anyone to decide—not even the President. What I mean is that marriage has its own enduring nature or essence. I know many would disagree with me on that. Where you stand on that one question, though, will largely determine where you…

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More New Christian Blogs in 2011

More New Christian Blogs in 2011

Today I am at last finishing my series on new Christian blogs in 2011, with another six excellent blogs. Randy Everist is a frequent co-participant in the Christian Apologetics Alliance. His blog at Possible Worlds expresses his deep interest in theology and philosophy, as witnessed by his current critique of skeptic Michael Shermer (very effective), two recent posts on the Resurrection, a Brief Objection with respect to the Problem of Evil, and an offering on Beliefs, Free Will, and God….

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“Science Says The Universe Has No Purpose” — Lawrence Krauss

“Science Says The Universe Has No Purpose” — Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss’s book A Universe From Nothing was panned about as effectively as any publication I’ve seen, when David Albert published his review in the NY Times Sunday Book Review. That was on March 22. A Google search on “Krauss nothing” returns dozens of other negative reviews. Just to show that even great criticism has its limits, the LA Times published an opinion piece by Krauss on April 1. (The date is fitting.) I don’t think it’s too late now…

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Sam Harris and Lawrence Krauss Talk About Nothing, and Make About That Much Sense

Sam Harris and Lawrence Krauss Talk About Nothing, and Make About That Much Sense

Lawrence Krauss says to Sam Harris, Indeed, the question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” which forms the subtitle of the book [his recent A Universe From Nothing], is often used by the faithful as an unassailable argument that requires the existence of God, because of the famous claim, “out of nothing, nothing comes.” … Modern science has made the something-from-nothing debate irrelevant. It has changed completely our conception of the very words “something” and “nothing”. Empirical discoveries continue…

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