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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God in the Age of Science?: A Critique Of Religious Reason

He rejects the view that laws of nature are causes:. From untilhe taught at Leiden University, where he obtained his doctorate in Consider, however, the last part of Philipse’s claim, part of his attack on Swinburne’s argument that laws of nature can be brought into operation by God.

Hector Mata rated it it was amazing Sep 03, This page was thd edited on 28 Decemberat But the real concern is the answer to the third dilemma, with Richard Swinburne’s cumulative inductive case for the existence of God taken as the paradigmatic example of how one ought to approach God in sience age of science. The Emergent Multiverse David Wallace.

Civil War American History: Omair marked it as to-read Dec 23, So although Philipse’s arguments may help to purify the proper puilipse of natural theology from unwarranted claims influenced by revelation, his conclusions on these points are not precisely new.

Grasped in Thought rated it really liked it Jun 21, Philipse is a big fan of phillpse calculus, false dichotomies and dismissing opinions that differ from his. Philipse explores the four options a believer has by explaining the strongest arguments made by theologians who adhere to these various positions.


Michael Martin – – Religious Studies 22 1: One could simply point out that since there phioipse no way of measuring Csience, there is no way of knowing how simple God is, but the joke goes pjilipse the pale when Swinburne insists that infinite things are simpler than finite things of the same kind. Retrieved 21 February 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.

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” ; The inverse square law is a consequence of deeper principles, notably the conservation of flux in a three-dimensional space, and the relevant number of dimensions may itself be a contingent consequence of the early physical evolution of the cosmos.

God in the Age of Science?: A Critique Of Religious Reason by Herman Philipse

Indeed, I shall find parts of this work valuable in future on that basis. Analogy, Metaphor, and Coherence 8.

A second and related problem concerns domains, especially the proper domain of what is meant by God in natural theology and the domain of science. Nevertheless, assuming for the sake of argument that theism is a meaningful theory, Philipse devotes the rest of Part II to arguing that it lacks any “significant predictive power”that specific evidence adduced to confirm theism inductively can be better explained by rival secular explanations and that other countermoves fail, notably an appeal to miracles such as the Resurrection and phenomena that are “too big” for philpse.

In response, I would say that laws of nature presumably shape our predictions of phenomena, so at least one kind of phenomena, scientific predictions, are indubitably caused at least in part by the laws of nature.

Matthew Moynihan rated it did not like it Oct 28, Subscriber Login Email Address. God in the Age of Science?: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are obstacles to this, such as God being an irreducible analogy, or using personal terms to describe something that doesn’t fit our use of personal language.


Books about atheism Religion and science. First, a serious examination of natural theology usually presupposes, or takes a view or presents some case for kn particular understanding of causation, which alone gives us access to knowledge of remote sciece and agents of any kind.

Print Save Cite Email Share. Michael Ashton rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Reginald Le rated it it was amazing Dec 20, To give an example, he asserts that in his first letter to the Corinthians In part I Herman Philipse assesses these options and argues that the most promising for believers who want to be justified in accepting their creed in our scientific age is the Bayesian cumulative case strategy developed by Richard Swinburne.

God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason

Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak. Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: Philipse acknowledges this point indirectly by citing Stephen Jay Gould to the effect that “‘almost every interesting event of life’s history’ is a matter of historical contingency,” a conclusion that, though contested, cannot easily be scienfe because of the difficulty of predicting what living things will evolve from particular initial conditionsfn.

Generally speaking, one can divide religious critique into two categories.