God of the philosophers

God of philosophers v. God of Abraham.

Rational accounts of God can only conclude to a sort of thing, and one can’t speak or relate to sorts of things.

Or this: rational theology is one way of relating to an object that demands another way of relating to it. A paternity test might declare that you are a father, but the proper response to this is not a continued scientific inquiry into your genetic similarities with your child. Some shift from third to second person is necessary.

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2 Comments

  1. robalspaugh said,

    January 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Second phrasing to be preferred. Isn’t part of the point of I Q3 that God isn’t a sort of thing? That’s the point where rational inquiry hurls us into the personal, much like the paternity test in your example.

  2. Will Farris said,

    January 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Natural theology and rational arguments comprise a very proper start on the path to the God of Abraham. God is the God of all things, of all creation, and of all thought. Our job is to appropriate creation as to reflect is nature and source.


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