God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason is a book by the Dutch philosopher Herman Philipse, written in English and published in the. Given, however, that we are living in the age of science, Philipse argues that the natural theologian is faced with a dilemma he calls “The. God in the Age of Science?: A Critique Of Religious Reason. by. Herman Philipse . Philipse tackles religion from an epistemilogical point of view whereas most.

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He has written numerous articles on modern philosophy and epistemology, and his most recent books are Atheistisch manifest Prometheus,; new edition Bert Bakker,Heidegger’s Philosophy of Being: University Press Scholarship Online.

The beginning of this part is devoted to an attack on the “coherence of theism” after Swinburne’s book of the same titlea major theme being that “theists implicitly annul the very conditions for meaningfully applying psychological predicates to God by claiming that God is an incorporeal being” An example is when Philipse raises the possibility of an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally indifferent god MIG as a rival hypothesis to theism and makes the odd point that the necessity of God would raise a problem for theism as a “theory” Some of the errors are quite technical, such as whether some of Swinburne’s arguments are successful C-inductive arguments, but there’s a lot of food for thought at each stage.

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Either religious believers have not succeeded in providing a meaningful characterization of their god sor the existence of this god or these gods is improbable given our scientific and scholarly background knowledge.


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God in the Age of Science?

For dthere are a couple of chapters devoted to exploring the merits of Plantinga’s argument for reformed epistemology. Herman Philipse born 13 May is a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. But for those who find the question interesting, and for those who seek a modern understanding of how to address the question, this book is well worth reading.

Such phenomena include the cause of the Big Bang, the fundamental laws of nature being what they are and the fact that the universe appears ‘fine-tuned’ Jan 19, Dennis rated it it was amazing Shelves: This conclusion sets up Part II, which considers the question of “whether theism really is an explanatory theory or hypothesis, which can be confirmed by empirical evidence” ; Michael Martin – – Religious Studies 22 1: Reginald Le rated it it was amazing Dec 20, The Rationality of Natural Theology 6.

Yujin Nagasawa – – Philosophy Compass 6 8: And for those who see believing in God as an act of faith, there will be nothing in this book to change their minds. Third, this book is written, at least in part, “for colleagues and students in university departments of philosophy and theology,” xi with a stated aim of avoiding the accusation of chasing “paper tigers” by failing to engage with sophisticated arguments for theism xii.

Mark rated it really liked it Jul 20, This is absolutely the best book on this subject. Subscriber Login Email Address.

David marked it as to-read Mar 28, Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www. So although Philipse’s arguments may help to purify the proper domain of natural theology from unwarranted claims influenced by revelation, his conclusions on these points are not precisely new.


That being said, he does pose some interesting difficulties for folks who are big into natural theology. Using a ‘strategy of subsidiary arguments’, Philipse concludes that theism cannot be stated meaningfully; that if theism were meaningful, it would have no predictive power concerning existing evidence, so that Bayesian arguments cannot get started; and that if the Bayesian cumulative case strategy did work, one should conclude that atheism is more probable than theism.

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It’s not that God is a nonsense notion, it’s that atheists have some psychological hatred of theism as it is practised that leads to the denial of God altogether. Sdience natural theology inadequate to regard God as personal? Nevertheless, it should also be pointed out sciience many theists would actually agree with Philipse’s criticisms. God in the Age of Science?: Philipse scidnce the four options a believer has by explaining the strongest arguments made by theologians who adhere to these various positions.

Michael Ashton rated it it was amazing Dec 02, If it is a factual claim, they can either be warranted to endorse it without evidence, etc. Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 22, To give an example, he asserts that in his first letter to the Corinthians George rated it really liked it Mar 28,