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THE LOGIC OF RELIGION: BEYOND ATHEISM VERSUS THEISM

4:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday 7 April

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Faculty of Divinity, Sidgwick Site, West Road, CB3 9BS

Is God logical? Does God create the laws of logic? Ryan Haecker, Faculty of Divinity, explores the recent debates between theists and atheists arguing for and against the logical credibility of belief in God.

Recent debates between theists and atheists have argued for and against the logical credibility of belief in God. Atheists have argued that belief in God is unreasonable, while theists have argued that disbelief in God is immoral. What, however, both sides share in common is a belief that the questions of religion can only be settled by the correct use of reason, that is, by the use of logic.

Although belief in God has been contested, belief in logic is shared by all. How can logic be used to address the questions of religion? Since God is invisible, the existence of God cannot be proven by any observable experiment of natural science. Rather, the Ontological Proof of the existence of God argues that God is a necessary being of which nothing greater can be thought to be.

The existence of God is argued to follow as a consequence of logic from the definition of the essence of God. Hence, the principal question of religion concerns, not the existence, but the essence of God, that is, of an idea of God that is logically coherent. To ask this question is already to ask the core questions of theology: what is God? Since a more coherent idea of God is more credible, the debate between theists and atheists must shift from one of a sheer affirmation or denial of the existence of God to one of the public credibility of diverse conceptions of divinity.

We should, from this higher theological perspective, begin to ask, not only logical questions of theology, but also theological questions of logic: is God logical?; does God create the laws of logic?; and can we think of anything that is not logical, or not theological? By asking these questions of the logic of religion, we can begin to move beyond recent controversies between theism and atheism. This event will explore recent theological interventions in the philosophical foundations of logic for the philosophy of religion.

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Age: Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 60
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Lift
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