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In this timely study, Dawes defends the methodological naturalism of the sciences. 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. Even if no natural explanation were available, she will assume that one exists. Is this merely a sign of atheistic prejudic ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by Routledge
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Onyango Makagutu
The theist has an uphill task in positing theistic explanations. Even though there are several objections to be raised to such explanations, we should grant that we may have a theistic explanations.
This book is well written and easy to read
In 'Theism and Explanation', Dawes takes a different approach to the theism/atheism debate than is usually seen. Instead of examining arguments, he looks at whether a theistic hypothesis can, either in principle or in practice, be a satisfactory explanation for a phenomena. His writing is fair-minded and interesting, and I recommend this as a great addition to every atheist's bookshelf.
Dawes presents a serious de facto argument against the explanatory power of God as a hypothesis. He argues that in principle arguments are not available to the atheist who much instead focus on what theism does in fact explain, and it seems, not much. God in principle could be to explain any number of facts, but the same hypothesis, God willed it, could also be used to explain any number of *other* states of affairs or events. The usual constraint put on God's intentions and desires, his goodnes ...more
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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. He has more recently completed a second PhD, in the Philosophy of Religion, and now teaches in both Religion and Philosophy. Having two young daughters, Anna and Kathryn, he is continually reminded of the truth of Quine ...more
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