Theism and explanation dawes gregory w. Gregory W. Dawes (Author of Theism and Explanation) 2019-02-17

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Gregory W. Dawes (Author of Theism and Explanation)

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

Greg is currently working on a new book entitled After : Religion, Science, and Magic in Early Modern Europe. This book also argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our standards of explanatory virtue. It also sets up the distinction between in principle and de facto objections to religious explanations that is key for the conclusion 11—17. Dawes shows his fair minded nature by avoiding any of the easy criticisms of God that many atheists take. Haecceitas Haecceitas My previous reply was to Lorkas. Dawes argues that theistic explanations can in principle be good explanations, but he also argues that they have to meet a high bar to count as good explanations. Even if no natural explanation were available, she will assume that one exists.

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Theism and Explanation : Gregory W. Dawes : 9780415997386

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

In both history and the natural and social sciences, no proposed explanation that appealed to a divine action would be taken seriously. My recent PhD examined and rejected this claim, arguing that the methodological naturalism of the sciences is well founded. How is it that theism is dependent on there being instant creation? The existence of God would not, by itself, predict the origination of sentient beings any more than the existence of an indifferent universe would. Even if appeal to a divine agent could be shown to have explanatory force, there would still be reason to prefer a natural as opposed to supernatural explanation. The result is an interesting and insightful look at what it takes to be a successful theistic explanation.

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Review of Gregory W. Dawes, Theism and Explanation

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

I never meant to imply that. So the point remains that theism the existence of a personal, all-powerful, all-knowing and perfectly good God predicts at least a moderate probability for the existence of created sentient beings, whereas the existence of an indifferent universe would not by itself in any way predict that there should with any probability be sentient creatures. Dawes argues that theistic explanations can in principle be good explanations, but he also argues that they have to meet a high bar to count as good explanations. For more than 30 years, historians have rejected what they call the 'warfare thesis' - the idea that there is an inevitable conflict between religion and science - insisting that scientists and believers can live in harmony. Instead, Dawes argues, if we take it that God will act rationally to create an optimally good world, we have a hypothesis that is testable and falsifiable in principle, well within the scope of science, and thus worthy of consideration as a possible explanation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

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Theism and Explanation: 1st Edition (Paperback)

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

Dawes argues that theistic explanations can in principle be good explanations, but he also argues that they have to meet a high bar to count as good explanations. In this timely study, Dawes defends the methodological naturalism of the sciences. If there exist various kinds of created beings with various finite quantities of intelligence and other properties , this might be better than just having such creatures of one kind. On the other hand, he argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our usual standards of explanatory virtue. Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? Inference to the Best Explanation 7. In both history and the nat Greg gained his first graduate degree at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome before returning to New Zealand to complete a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Otago. Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? No, I would never stoop so low as to just call my beliefs properly basic and therefore avoid giving justification for them.

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Gregory W. Dawes (Author of Theism and Explanation)

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

He is the author of The Historical Jesus Question: The Challenge of History to Religious Authority. But that will take time. I have a particular interest in the methodological naturalism or more precisely the methodological atheism of the modern sciences. The existence of God would not, by itself, predict the origination of sentient beings any more than the existence of an indifferent universe would. Greg is currently working on a new book entitled After : Religion, Science, and Magic in Early Modern Europe. On the one hand, Dawes concedes the bare possibility that talk of divine action could constitute a potential explanation of some state of affairs, while noting that the conditions under which this would be true are unlikely ever to be fulfilled.

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Gregory W. Dawes, Theism and Explanation

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

Why would the existence of a good, conscious-and-rational being imply that consciousness and rationality in themselves are good? But my impression was that you made similar comments with regard to why you reject theism in general. Obviously, this line of reasoning presupposes that we have some insight as to what is good, but the same is presupposed in the argument from evil which was part of the context of this discussion. Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? The creationist and intelligent design movements of today question this stance, arguing that it arises from nothing more than atheist prejudice. More precisely, what happens to religious belief when the phenomenon of religion itself can be explained without reference to a god? On the other hand, he argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our usual standards of explanatory virtue. Natural evolution works against theism the same way a natural explanation for lightning does.

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Theism and Explanation : Gregory W. Dawes : 9780415997386

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

The usual constraint put on God's intentions and desires, his goodness, is severely undercut by arguments from evil. On the other hand, he argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our usual standards of explanatory virtue. Though religions offer what appear to be explanations of various facts about the world, the scientist, as scientist, will not take such proposed explanations seriously. The comparison is to the hypothesis of a universe of indifference without assuming things like evolution-permitting natural laws a priori. He has more recently completed a second PhD, in the Philosophy of Religion, and now teaches in both Religion and Philosophy. The standard is just too high for such fundamental philosophical questions.

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Gregory W. Dawes (Author of Theism and Explanation)

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

I have a particular interest in the methodological naturalism or more precisely the methodological atheism of the modern sciences. The result is an interesting and insightful look at what it takes to be a successful theistic explanation. Dawes deals directly especially with Swinburne's arguments and seems to me to have the upper hand. More precisely, what happens to religious belief when the phenomenon of religion itself can be explained without reference to a god? Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2006. . He has more recently completed a second PhD, in the Philosophy of Religion, and now teaches in both Religion and Philosophy. This prediction is not borne out by the evidence, though.

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Review of Gregory W. Dawes, Theism and Explanation

theism and explanation dawes gregory w

Having two young daughters, Anna and Kathryn, he is continually reminded of the truth of Quine's remark that the major questions of philosophy are asked by age five. The theistic hypothesis similarly fails in light of explanatory virtues like simplicity, ontological economy, and informativeness. My argument is much more modest than that. Having two young daughters, Anna and Kathryn, he is continually reminded of the truth of Quine's remark that the major questions of philosophy are asked by age five. Today I interview Biblical scholar and philosopher Gregory Dawes about his book Theism and Explanation.

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