Western Culture and the "Hypothesis of God"
Tyson, Paul G. (2005) Western Culture and the "Hypothesis of God". Appraisal - The Journal of the Society for Post-Critical and Personalist Studies, 5(4), pp. 169-176.
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Does God exist? Does it make sense to believe in a God who is the creator and "Grand Organizing Director" of the physical cosmos? Does cultural relativism and religious pluralism discount the supposed truths that religious believers claim to know? Are the speculations of theoretical physicists about the apparent intelligence underlying the structure of physical reality more likely to be true than the claims of religious believers?
These are the kinds of hypothetical questions that rise naturally from the assumed philosophy of religion underpinning modern Western culture. In our culture, it is natural for us to play with "God" as an abstract hypothetical idea tied back to scientific theories about the origin and order of the physical cosmos. Further, if we do not find this tie back to a physical cosmology rationally or empirically convincing, then naturally enough, we tend to not find it reasonable to believe in God. But, if we did not have the assumed philosophy of religion that we do, the very questions that we typically ask about "God" and the type of approaches we naturally take to answering those questions may well make no sense at all.
Western culture has not always had the assumed philosophy of religion that we now have.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||philosophy of religion, Personalism, Augustine, Polanyi|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2005 SPCPS|
|Deposited On:||19 Oct 2005|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:27|
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