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

Paperback | February 6, 2014

byHerman Philipse

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God in the Age of Science? is a critical examination of strategies for the philosophical defence of religious belief. The main options may be presented as the end nodes of a decision tree for religious believers. The faithful can interpret a creedal statement (e.g. "God exists") either as atruth claim, or otherwise. If it is a truth claim, they can either be warranted to endorse it without evidence, or not. 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? Each of these optionshas been defended by prominent analytic philosophers of religion.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. Parts II and III are devoted to an in-depth analysis ofthis case for theism. Using a "strategy of subsidiary arguments", Philipse concludes (1) that theism cannot be stated meaningfully; (2) that if theism were meaningful, it would have no predictive power concerning existing evidence, so that Bayesian arguments cannot get started; and (3) that if theBayesian cumulative case strategy did work, one should conclude that atheism is more probable than theism. Philipse provides a careful, rigorous, and original critique of atheism in the world today.

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God in the Age of Science? is a critical examination of strategies for the philosophical defence of religious belief. The main options may be presented as the end nodes of a decision tree for religious believers. The faithful can interpret a creedal statement (e.g. "God exists") either as atruth claim, or otherwise. If it is a truth cl...

Professor Herman Philipse is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has held positions at the University of Louvain and the University of Leyden, and studied philosophy at the University of Leyden, University of Oxford, University of Paris IV, and University of Cologne. He has written numerous articl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I. Natural Theology1. The Priority of Natural Theology2. The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Natural Theology3. The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology4. Refutation of the Reformed Objection5. The Rationality of Natural Theology6. A Grand StrategyPart II. Theism as a Theory7. Analogy, Metaphor, and Coherence8. God's Necessity9. The Predictive Power of Theism10. The Immunization of TheismPart III. The Probability of Theism11. Ultimate Explanation and Prior Probability12. Cosmological Arguments13. Arguments from Order to Design14. Other Inductive Arguments15. Religious Experience and the Burden of ProofConclusionReferencesIndex

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"a rigorous but fair critique of the central problems of natural theology that forces readers to take atheism seriously." --CHOICE