The question of whether there is a god or not is a scientific question.

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3 Comments

  1. November 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    hmm…
    what makes a question scientific, then, and are there any questions that are non-scientific?

  2. a thomist said,

    November 27, 2008 at 12:39 am

    A god, by most accounts I read, is the sort of thing that is confirmed to exist by sensation. One does not need any elaborate metaphysical proofs to know it. Just walk up Olympus and look, or wait for them to fly down into a battle. It is a matter of observation and, in the broad sense, data collection. This is why a thomist would place the question of their existence in natural science among things existing with sensible matter and defined with it. They would have a special kind of matter, no doubt, like we impute to atoms and the ancients imputed to the celestial bodies, but it would have some direct relation to the sense powers.

  3. November 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I’m probably just too philosophically challenged, so grasp your points. :) But I’m keenly interested… Care to travel to New Zealand for a long lunch? :D

    Defining things like ‘sensation’, ‘existence’, ‘sensible matter’, ‘bodies’ and ‘sense powers’ are things I’m not too good at, it seems!?

    -d-


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