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The Challenge of Naturalism

Phillip Wiebe

in God and Other Spirits

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195140125
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835492 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140125.003.0005
 The Challenge of Naturalism

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This chapter examines several challenges coming from naturalistic perspectives to the thesis of this book, including: (a) the view of J. J. C. Smart, who claims that naturalism (or physicalism) is capable of providing explanations for all significant events to date, and that whatever is not now successfully explained, in a short time will be; (b) the view of Donald Wiebe and others who claim that the language of religion is mythopoeic and consequently not suitable for description and explanation in ways that resemble the language of cognitive discourse, including science; and (c) the claim of Kai Nielsen and others that the claims of Judaeo-Christian faith are inconsistent with one another and consequently are not capable of rational assessment. The reconstructed theory of religion advanced in earlier chapters is shown to be capable of overcoming these difficulties.

Keywords: Physicalism; Mythopoeic; Inconsistent; Reconstruct; J. J. C. Smart; Donald Wiebe; Kai Nielsen

Chapter.  17553 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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