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July 25, 2008


Occam’s Razor: If only it were that simple…

by quaesitor

Rather a fallow blogging week (LOTS of talks to write at the moment). But couldn’t help noticing yet another gag from Libby Purves’ Faith Central (though one wonders slightly whether or not she and her colleague Bess are more concerned with unfaith?) taken from the provocative but sometimes amusing It looks great, doesn’t it? A nice clinching argument to make everyone feel happy and watertight – however, Occam’s Razor doesn’t always quite fit with the realities of life. For as we should ALL know by now, human reason is flawed, limited and partial…

That said, while there are all kinds of (sometimes good, sometimes bad) reasons for these splits, schisms and disagreements (proof as if ever were needed that what makes Christians different from the world is not usually their behaviour but their forgiveness), they are a blight on the gospel. Just proves the point that Jesus made:

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:22-23)

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Todd
    Jul 28 2008

    Although I wonder if with a little probing around the question, ‘what kind of atheist are you?’ we might find there are some less that simple answers given by a variety of people.

  2. Jul 28 2008

    Too true, Mr Todd, too true

  3. Aug 2 2008

    It’s also a ridiculous image – nice for a laugh but totally contrived.

    If anything it would just serve to show what a minority position atheism has been.

    “atheism” as a term has varied massively in what it means. As Messers Dawkins and co often point out, “atheism” takes its meanings from whichever god they dont believe in.

    For instance, the Romans called christians atheists, because they rejected the theoi (gods), because the creator theos had made himself known in Jesus.

    “Atheism” only enters modern literature around the 17th century, and initially means “deist”.

    Ironically, the God many atheists reject nowadays is not the God of Jesus, but the God of the philosophers, the silent Monad, of Voltaire’s candide – ie, adeism – which if things hadnt changed and the belief really was unchanged, would really be an appeal for a God who talks and acts: the Jesus of John 1!


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