Thomas Nagel empfiehlt Plantingas neuestes Buch

418zJ1QUx-L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU03_.jpgDer Philosoph Thomas Nagel (New York) hat Alvin Plantingas neustes Buch Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism gelesen:

The interest of this book, especially for secular readers, is its presentation from the inside of the point of view of a philosophically subtle and scientifically informed theist—an outlook with which many of them will not be familiar. Plantinga writes clearly and accessibly, and sometimes acidly—in response to aggressive critics of religion like Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. His comprehensive stand is a valuable contribution to this debate.

I say this as someone who cannot imagine believing what he believes. But even those who cannot accept the theist alternative should admit that Plantinga’s criticisms of naturalism are directed at the deepest problem with that view—how it can account for the appearance, through the operation of the laws of physics and chemistry, of conscious beings like ourselves, capable of discovering those laws and understanding the universe that they govern. Defenders of naturalism have not ignored this problem, but I believe that so far, even with the aid of evolutionary theory, they have not proposed a credible solution. Perhaps theism and materialist naturalism are not the only alternatives.

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  1. Schandor meint:

    „I say this as someone who cannot imagine believing what he believes.“

    It is just incredible how fitting the words of St. Paul are:

    „That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

    Although Nagel admits that naturalists have not formulated yet a credible solution for the obvious problems of the „laws of physics and chemistry, of conscious beings like ourselves“, he insists in explaining that he „cannot imagine believing“!

    The existence of a god putting in order all this laws is not only credible, but — in the words of St. Paul – can be „clearly seen„! Why is a sophisticated and learned Scholar like Thomas Nagel not willing to see?

    I guess he is. But if he admits it, he will loose his face in the sight of his colleagues and excited readers. Maybe this would be the price he must pay for the acceptance of the truth?

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