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06/18/2014

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S G Sterrett

I'm a little surprised to read

"With the revival of Christian thought within analytical philosophy this cannot be taken for granted anymore. Recently I noticed an announcement of a grant award from the Templeton foundation to Oxford that mixes philosophy of science (questions of entanglement) with "the metaphysics of the incarnation and of the Trinity in philosophy of religion." That's the kind of thing that would have been met with public derision not so long ago; I have not seen a single public criticism of the project. The quiet is not just due to Templeton buying influence now and later; rather, philosophy is disengaging from a reflexive secularism."

I didn't think that the Templeton organization or its founder were associated with exclusively, or even mainly, Christian thought; cross-cultural studies in ideas he referred to as spiritual, yes. Nor did I think the Trinity was uniquely associated with Christianity, but imported into (only some) versions of it from elsewhere, perhaps ideas from the ancient Greeks. (Didn't Newton have some views on this?)

David Jacobs

Dawkins is a biologist, I believe.

Eric Schliesser

Thanks for catching that! Mea Culpa!

Eric Schliesser

I think the combination of incarnation and Trinity is distinctly Christian, but I welcome correction if I am wrong about that. Newton was, I think, an anti-Trinitarian and (I suspect) closer to Arianism.

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