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The Credibility Barrier

DAVID J. BARTHOLOMEW

in Uncertain Belief

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270140
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.003.0003
The Credibility Barrier

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In attaining certainty, it is essential to establish that the proposition in question is not incredible. Though it is difficult to achieve certainty, hypotheses can be falsified, and these cases are simply deemed false. Given that the supernatural aspect of any hypothesis is based on speculation, we have to judge which hypotheses are more acceptable than those that are more far-fetched. This chapter points out one of science's weaknesses — the supposed incompleteness of the scientific account of reality. Chance, what seemed to replace the notion of God, is seen to work at all levels and stages of evolution. This takes us back to the notion of probability as a measure of degree of belief; there is, then, no means of knowing the causal mechanism and no means of predicting with certainty.

Keywords: certainty; chance; cause; speculation; hypotheses; proposition; reality

Chapter.  9776 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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