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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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Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Who does good? God does good, because it is his nature and his way to do good. Today with appreciation to Timothy Keller from whose outstanding book Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just I compiled these references, I draw your attention to the heart of God for the poor, burdened, and vulnerable. I encourage you to reflect on these passages and give thanks to God with me for his heart of compassion. Psalm 146:7-9 Deuteronomy 10:17-18 Psalm 33:5…

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The Domestication of Transcendence by William Placher

The Domestication of Transcendence by William Placher

Book Review My friend Holopupenko urged me—no, implored me—to read William C. Placher’s book The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking About God Went Wrong. It’s excellent. I want to give you a taste of it from Placher’s own summary starting on page 181. A basic lesson: theologians get in trouble when they think they can clearly and distinctly understand the language they use about God. In Cajetan’s and Suarez’s reinterpretations of Aquinas on analogy, in Protestant scholasticism’s restatements of…

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Sophisticated Biology™

Sophisticated Biology™

Jerry Coyne has been running a series of posts on “Sophisticated Theologians™.” Here’s how they all go (check it out if you don’t believe me): Pick any difficult topic in theology, find someone who presents a non-obvious answer, call it “Sophisticated Theology™,” and laugh at it. Coyne never bothers to consider whether the non-obvious answer actually makes sense within a theistic framework. If a theologian says it, and if it’s not obvious, it’s Sophisticated Theology™, an object of pure mockery….

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More New Blogs (Christian Blogs in 2011)

More New Blogs (Christian Blogs in 2011)

At the end of last year (that was a long time ago!) I put out a call for information on new blogs in 2011. I’m on the verge of not keeping my word to feature some of them (though I’ve at least mentioned them). It has been a very busy year so far, and I got distracted from the promise I made. Better late than never, I hope. Here are five more for you know about: We’re great C.S. Lewis…

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Lessons from MLK

Lessons from MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s debt to theology and natural law: Those who praise the modern civil rights movement, but who also want to keep morality and theology absent from public discourse, seldom mention King’s reliance on natural law in his justly famous letter. Scholars such as the late John Rawls were at great pains to show how their thoroughly secularized theories of justice and public reason could make room for King, but in fact they could do so only at…

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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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Why Science Doesn’t Need Methodological Naturalism (2)

Why Science Doesn’t Need Methodological Naturalism (2)

(Update 3/29: Please regard this series as a first draft with important revisions yet to come.) Two days ago I wrote about the theology implicit in one justification of Methodological Naturalism’s (MN’s) being a requirement for science. I was responding then to the second of the three Justifications for MN I had listed in the first post in this series: The supernatural is not testable. Admitting the supernatural into science would undermine scientific rationality. MN works. (I am still open to…

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