Sunday, July 19, 2009

Habermas reviews Flew in Philosophia Christi

11 comments:

Joshua said...

I just finished reading Jurgen Habermas, and thought at first glance you were talking about him..

Steven Carr said...

Of course, being a superb philosopher, Flew never mentions the word deism in the text of his book 'There is no God'

After all, he says he converted to deism, so why should he talk about what deism is when he writes a book about what he believes?

That would make no sense. It would be like the Pope mentioning he was a Catholic.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the book was written under the assumption that people would be able to put 2 and 2 together to come up with 4.

Steven Carr said...

Or perhaps Flew simply forgot that he had converted to deism.

Or perhaps he is part of a new breed of philosophers who never discuss in detail the belief system that they have converted to.

Flew's book never mentions the word deism, which is probably why Flew castigated Richard Dawkins for not defining 'deism' in The God Delusion

(Extra credit for finding out why Flew never read the passages where Dawkins discusses deism)

Perhaps Flew just forgot which book was which and thought Dawkins had written the book which never defines deism, when actually Flew had written that book.

Ilíon said...

Oooo! What Bliss it would be to strong enough to able to bask in the glow of that fine intellect: Steven Carr.

Alas, I cannot manage it.

Anonymous said...

Everyone take note: If the Pope writes a book, he'd better mention he's Catholic, or Steven Carr will be left wondering.

Steven Carr said...

'If the Pope writes a book, he'd better mention he's Catholic....'

Well, the Pope is not such a great philosopher as Antony Flew, and might well forget to discuss Catholicism in any detail when talking about his journey to Catholicism.

Joshua said...

@Steven Carr -- I've read at least 7 philosophy-oriented books by the Pope in the last few months, and can think of only one time where he mentioned Catholicism.

Ilíon said...

Steven Carr: "Well, the Pope is not such a great philosopher as Antony Flew ..."

Isn't Mr Flew the poor fellow who came up with that ridiculous (*) "Invisible Gardner" argument?


(*) and so far as I know, still belovéd of and propagated by 'atheists'

Steven Carr said...

'I've read at least 7 philosophy-oriented books by the Pope in the last few months, and can think of only one time where he mentioned Catholicism.'

So none of them were about his journey to Catholicism?

Of course, Varghese has zero interest in deism, which is why no discussion of the word 'deism' appears in Flew's book.

Flew though has a remarkable knowledge of baseball for a Brit....

Joshua said...

So none of them were about his journey to Catholicism?

What "journey to Catholicism"? He's the Pope; he was born Catholic. I cannot think of any Popes in recent memory who "journeyed to Catholicism".

All of them mentioned Christianity often, though. The point being that the Pope considers himself to be the head of the Christian church.