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 – Oxford Scholarship

In my judgment, many of the tactical steps of this book are well inn, notably chapters 3 and 4 on Reformed Theology, as well as the critique of the notion of the personhood of God on the basis of natural reason and the discernment of anthropomorphically-oriented divine purpose on the basis of aye order This section 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 This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.

Philipse has written many philosophical works in Dutch, including books on Husserl’s early philosophy of logic, the role of certainty in Descartes’ moral theory, and a widely read Atheist Manifesto A Herman Philipse born 13 May zcience a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

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 science.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Laws of Belief Wolfgang Spohn. And for those who see believing in God as an act of faith, there will be nothing in this book to change their minds.

Emese marked it as to-read Jul 30, Finally, if evidence is needed, should its evidential support be assessed by the same logical criteria that we use in evaluating evidence in science, or not?

It’s a tough question to answer. A judgment of harmony or contradiction is largely a matter of one’s presuppositions. He rejects the view that laws of nature are causes:. The Number of Gods in Philosophy of Religion.

But the vast majority of the book is taken up with a critical analysis of Swinburne’s ideas. Retrieved July 14, Oxford University Press,Pp. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

Clarendon Sciebce, With regard to the domain of science, Philipse places great value on the power of scientific methods to make predictions.

Herman Philipse’s book completely focuses on the second category. 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Kirk marked it as to-read Mar 26, In Part I, he argues that statements such as the assertion that Ecience or some other god exists have to be interpreted as claims to truth, the only philosophically interesting option. Analogy, Metaphor, and Coherence 8.

Atheist Manifesto and the unreasonableness of religion. Probably the best ones on the subject, and certainly the most expensive: Herman Philipse Utrecht University.

It’s godd 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. Aaron marked it as to-read Apr 03, This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat This category is further narrowed by the distinction between natural theology and revealed theology, where the focus was almost exclusively on natural theology.


God in the Age of Science?

Perhaps too academic for most. I was also left curious to know what possibilities Philipse himself advocates or might be pbilipse to accept as an impersonal uncaused cause or causes of the cosmos, or whether he thinks the reliability of our inferences in trying to resolve such questions simply breaks down at some point. Request removal from index. The first is to abe religion as a political institution, whereby the social effects of religion are examined and subject to scrutiny.

This is in contrast to revealed theology the specific doctrines of theistic religions and in philipsee to the idea that theology is a pseudodiscipline. Philipse provides a careful, rigorous, and original critique of theism in the world today. This book might have been successful as a focused puilipse of excessive and poorly justified claims that are sometimes made in the name of natural theology. Jerry Goodenough added it Jun 12, Ultimate Explanation and Prior Probability Open Preview See a Problem?

Sceptical Theism and Divine Lies. The faithful can interpret a credal statement e.

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. University Phililse Scholarship Online.

Philipse explores the four options a This is absolutely the best book on this subject. Anyone who has an interest on this question will find this book invaluable.

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