Thursday, March 1, 2012

For Your Consideration

Notorious angry atheist Jerry Coyne opines on Alvin Plantiga...

In a post at his Why Evolution Is True blog Professor Coyne is discussing the theology proposed by notorious Christian theologian, philosopher, and apologist Alvin Plantiga.  Coyne is called out by detractors in his comments section and elsewhere for lack of philosophical rigor, but in the course of his post a statement rung a few bell for me.

"Theology is not an honest attempt to find the truth, but a post facto rationalization of what the theologian already believes."

I've long pondered the question of where the dividing line between faith and the lack of it occurs.  It appears to me the binary bit is an emotional commitment to a faith.  If you have the emotional spark then religious faith, your preferred brand of theology, comfort with the utterances of those in your chosen faith community all make sense.  Without the spark all the traditions, bible stories, theologizing, and apologetics fail to resonate; the traditional arguments for God simply are not compelling.  (I lack experience with faith's that value orthopraxy over orthodoxy so this may or may not apply to those as well.)

What say you?