Problems With John Earman's Attempt To Reconcile Theism With General Relativity

Author: Smith, Q.

Source: Erkenntnis, Volume 52, Number 1, January 2000 , pp. 1-27(27)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

Discussions of the intersection of general relativity and the philosophy of religion rarely take place on the technical level that involves the details of the mathematical physics of general relativity. John Earman's discussion of theism and general relativity in his recent book on spacetime singularities is an exception to this tendency. By virtue of his technical expertise, Earman is able to introduce novel arguments into the debate between theists and atheists. In this paper, I state and examine Earman's arguments that it is rationally acceptable to believe that theism and general relativity form a mutually consistent or even mutually supportive pair. I conclude that each of his arguments is unsound.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Western Michigan University College of Arts & Sciences Department of Phlosophy Kalamazoo MI 49008-5022 U.S.A.

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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