God and reason--my last word!
Robert Peter Burns
rburns at chaph.usc.edu
Mon Nov 13 14:06:40 MST 1995
In reply to MacKay:
1. There's more to be explained than just the square root
of 2--there's rationality, mind, and freedom, as
well as the experience of ethical and aesthetic value,
plus religious experience, plus the marvellous mathematical
intelligibility of the physical universe. All these things
are not just abstractions, but deeply rooted in our experience
of ourselves and the world.
2. My conclusion was not "Therefore, God exists", but
"Therefore, God is a *reasonable* choice for being
the explanatory ultimate reality."
I've also asked Jim J off-list what he means by rejecting
that "reason" is "out there", while accepting that the world
has a "built-in logic". But since I never claimed that
atheism is *unreasonable*, on reflection I must concede
that Christopher Gunn perhaps chooses too strong a form
of words in warning Jim of becoming "dead meat". We Jesuits
may be stubborn bastards and noxious casuists, but we are not
butchers. This is my last word on this subject on this list.
<OK--I'll say it for you--Hallelujah!>
Peace to all,
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