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 starts by asking:. In his philosophical work, Philipse defends a non-reductionist naturalism, akin to that of Gilbert Ryle, Peter Strawson, and P. As either option is unpalatable, he argues that the best option for the theist is to accept a probabilistic account of scientific and scholarly methods as consisting in rules of inference to the best explanation, “which enable us to assess how probable a hypothesis is in the light of an evidence-set,” the approach he ascribes to Swinburne Philipse is a big fan pihlipse probability calculus, false dichotomies scisnce dismissing opinions that differ from his.

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

The deeper issue, however, is that although Philipse is emphatic about what kinds of things cannot be causes, his positive account is ambiguous. Authors Affiliations are at time agee print publication.

Philipse often uses traditional terminology, such as “cosmological arguments” but most of the book seeks to deny the validity of arguments in support of the specific God of Swinburne’s version of theism as a “theory”.

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Like Plantinga’s argument, there were times when the exercise bordered on the absurd. The faithful can interpret a creedal statement e.

Moreover, even without any predictions capable of distinguishing competing hypotheses, one can have an intelligent discourse on ways to unify the same phenomena under different explanatory frameworks, but far more subtle work on this topic was done in the twentieth century by John Wisdom’s “Parable of the Invisible Gardener,” by subsequent commentaries and sciehce development of the philosophy of perception, which Philipse does not refer to philkpse all.


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Consider, however, the last part of Philipse’s claim, part of his attack on Swinburne’s argument ag laws of nature can be brought into operation yhe God. Atheist Manifesto Breaking the Spell: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The first is to attack religion as a political institution, whereby the social effects of religion are examined and subject to scrutiny. To summarize metaphorically, it is as if the last chance to secure a foundation for the throne of God is to rest on the shoulders of the Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oxford and, if he has failed, as Philipse argues he has, the game is pretty much all over for God.

Not the best thing I’ve ever read. Classical, Early, and Gae World History: If it is a truth claim, they can either be warranted to God in the Age of Science? It’s unfortunate because the critiques of belief itself are ignored as some agf of one’s impression on the utility of religion, they remain largely unaddressed. To gain insight in how a religious person substantiates the existence of GodPhilipse presents a “religious decision tree ” that leads to four categories of theists.

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The arguments themselves cover a wide range of philosophical topics, covering not only philosophy of religion, but questions of language, epistemology, mathematics, and meaning. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.


Jan 19, Dennis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Philosophy of Nonviolence Chibli Mallat. One of the strengths of the book is that it pushes the issue of theology in the scientific age, and is full of dilemmas facing believers at each potential turn. This book might sciejce been successful as a focused critique of excessive and poorly justified claims that are sometimes made in the name of natural theology. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

God in the Age of Science?

Spaemann has already said as much. In Part I, Herman Philipse assesses the tenability of each of these strategies and argues that the most promising option 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.

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The second is to go after the truth status of religious claims. Herman Philipse’s book completely focuses on the second category.

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This or offers critiques of cosmological arguments, arguments from design and an assortment of other arguments and their defenses, concluding with a chapter on religious experience that refutes the attempt to shift the burden of proof to the non-believer Part II Theism as a Theory.

Philipse deals with this argument early, but as a justification this keeps coming up in Swinburne’s inductive argument. Reconstructing Reality Margaret Morrison. Kristina UK marked it as to-read Apr 11,