Theism and Explanation (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) (Paperback)

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Theism and Explanation (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) (Paperback)

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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 prejudice, as some critics suggest? Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? 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. 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.

Gregory W. Dawes is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Otago. He is the author of The Historical Jesus Question: The Challenge of History to Religious Authority.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138884335
ISBN-10: 1138884332
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2015
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion