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Modern Philosophical Clarification

by mj1492, May 01, 2013

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"No "proof" of the existence of God is widely accepted today, and the search for such a proof is no longer a hot philosophical topic. While there is still disagreement over whether or not God exists and what God's nature is, it is generally agreed that God's existence cannot be proved through a feat of the intellect."

This is just a false statement. It is true that there is no widely accepted proof of God's existence, but it is not true to say that it's no longer a relevant philosophical topic. It's actually increasingly relevant. Some of the most influential philosophers today speak extensively on this topic (Alvin Plantinga, for example, Alasidair MacIntyre as another). Also an entire branch of philosophy, Metaphysics, deals with questions surrounding the existence of God (both arguments for and against). To say it's no longer a 'hot philosophical topic' is to ignore a huge body of contemporary philosophical work. It's also false to say that it is generally agreed that God's existence can't be proved rationally. Many, many philosophers think that it can. There are many who don't, but it's by no means a closed philosophical discussion.


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