Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Is God a precondition for knowledge

Yes, according to this blogger.

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At 9/06/2007 01:12:00 PM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

I see little value in a discussion confined to two people

This is the silliest things I've read in a while.

Given that sentence would you predict it was written by:
a) an evangelical christian
b) some guy on the street you were talking to
c) an atheist

At 9/07/2007 07:16:00 AM , Blogger Jason Pratt said...

{shrug} Could have been written by anyone I guess. I've seen silly (indeed sillier) things written by all three categories you mentioned, B. {s}

I think there's a difference (incidentally) between identifying God (by conclusion, even if only abductively) as a precondition for knowledge; and formally presuming God's existence as a precondition for knowledge (which seems to me to be utterly false to the reality of thinking). Theological Presups tend to conflate the two notions, for various reasons; but if they only proceed abductively they can do okay with what I call a system-check duel. Their main problem is that they aren't usually content to proceed abductively, and keep trying to make an unassailable conclusion out of treating the worldview-set as a hypothesis. _That's_ when things get squirrely, and even contemptable (in my experience, and opinion.)



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