Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beckwith on Thomism and ID

Over at his Return to Rome blog, my friend and occasional co-blogger Frank Beckwith weighs in on the Thomism vs. Intelligent Design controversy. While you’re there, take a look around the rest of Frank’s blog – lots of interesting stuff, especially for readers interested in Catholic/Protestant issues.

5 comments:

Bem said...

It's off topic, but I'm curious if you (doc Feser) agree with Graham Oppy's recent book "Arguing about Gods", where he argue that no philosophical argument for theism or atheism is good enough to change the minds of reasonable participants in the God debate.

He examines Aquinas' arguments too, and the arguments of atheists like Dawkins and others.

Bem said...

It's off topic, but I'm curious if you (doc Feser) agree with Graham Oppy's recent book "Arguing about Gods", where he argue that no philosophical argument for theism or atheism is good enough to change the minds of reasonable participants in the God debate.

He examines Aquinas' arguments too, and the arguments of atheists like Dawkins and others.

thomism said...

Bem,

Alex Pruss reviewed that book for the Notre Dame press. I'm pretty sure Feser would agree with the critique. I remember loving the review.

As far as I remember, Oppy makes some usual freshman mistakes about the (so called) cosmological argument ("It doesn't prove that God is eternal!"...snore...) and he scores some points with arguments that have a long history of being doubted not only by atheists, but by theists as well.

James Chastek

Brandon said...

The link for Pruss's review of Oppy.

BenYachov said...

Of course Oppy did write a very interesting rebuttal to Quentin Smith's Atheistic argument from Hartle-Hawking cosmology.

Found here.
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/graham_oppy/smith1.html

Philosophers are funny animals. Not like Apologists at all. Atheist like Oppy take issue with Atheists like Quentin Smith on certain arguments or Theists like Wes Morrison take issue with other Theists like Craig on specific theistic arguments.

Interesting....:-)