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FRIDAY, MAR 2, 2012  |  29 comments
William Hamilton, who said 'God is Dead,' dies at 87
William Hamilton, the retired theologian who declared in the 1960s that God was dead, died Tuesday in his downtown Portland apartment. He was 87.

Hamilton said he'd been haunted by questions about God since he was a teenager. Years later, when his conclusion was published in the April 8, 1966, edition of Time Magazine, he found himself at the center of a theological storm.

For his part, Hamilton saw himself as a Christian who no longer went to church.


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News Item3/7/12 3:35 PM
Cezar | Midwest  Find all comments by Cezar
God is alive and this guy now knows this.

However, he is dead now.

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News Item3/6/12 11:50 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
You're welcome.
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News Item3/6/12 11:46 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Very well then, that makes sense. Thank you for your repsonse.
Neil wrote:
Which is what I already said in my last post of 3 Mar. Proofs for the existence of God, which have obsessed philosophers & theologians for millenia now, are fallacious (Hume, Kant, et al.) & thus a waste of time. And at best, they do not prove the God of Scripture, merely *some* god or other. So much for Evidentialism.
In order to recognize a sensory experience as being God (as you require), one has to know God's attributes first; otherwise, you may as well hunt for Snarks. These in turn must be learned from Scripture, so one must first admit Scripture as the axiom for truth. This is not circular reasoning, for if axioms are OK for mathematics, surely they're acceptable for theology. We must have a starting point; otherwise, we could never *start* (Gordon Clark).
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News Item3/6/12 11:38 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
I understand you to be saying that no he cannot be proven.
Which is what I already said in my last post of 3 Mar. Proofs for the existence of God, which have obsessed philosophers & theologians for millenia now, are fallacious (Hume, Kant, et al.) & thus a waste of time. And at best, they do not prove the God of Scripture, merely *some* god or other. So much for Evidentialism.

In order to recognize a sensory experience as being God (as you require), one has to know God's attributes first; otherwise, you may as well hunt for Snarks. These in turn must be learned from Scripture, so one must first admit Scripture as the axiom for truth. This is not circular reasoning, for if axioms are OK for mathematics, surely they're acceptable for theology. We must have a starting point [presuppositions]; otherwise, we could never *start* (Gordon Clark).

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News Item3/6/12 11:29 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
"God must be proved." Here is where it is written.
I understand you to be saying that no he cannot be proven.
Neil wrote:
You're begging a question, that God has to be proved. Why does He have to be proved? Where is it written this must be so?
And can you prove *anything else* in your world of sensations? We can formulate proofs in geometry or mathematics perhaps, but this is no help since these aren't sensory, but ideas.
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News Item3/6/12 11:23 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
I didn't say, or imply, that man is incapable of knowing for certain, so that's not my answer.

You're begging a question, that God has to be proved. Why does He have to be proved? Where did you learn this must be so? From your fallible sensations?

And come to think of it, can you prove *anything else* to your satisfaction in your world of fallible sensations? We can formulate proofs in geometry or mathematics perhaps, but this is no help since these aren't sensory, but ideas.

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News Item3/6/12 11:17 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Once again god cannot be proved, so why believe? Since man is incapable of knowing for certain.Is this you answer?
Neil wrote:
If nothing is infallible, then why should I believe your argument that a God who cannot be sensed, cannot exist? Seems like you just sank your own ship.
And why should your flawed senses reach the correct conclusion if God *did* choose to appear before you? How would you decide the manifestation is God (of the Bible, mind you) & not something else?
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News Item3/6/12 11:07 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
Nothing is infallible. It seems that everything leads back to making a leap of faith in order to believe, trusting someone/something else.My question is how can you prove a god when he cannot be seen,heard,smelled,tasted,felt? Do you have an answer for this?
If nothing is infallible, then why should I believe your argument that a God who cannot be sensed, cannot exist? Seems like you just sank your own ship.

And why should your flawed senses reach the correct conclusion if God *did* choose to appear before you? How would you decide the manifestation is God (of the Bible, mind you) & not something else like a devil, a space alien, or your own mental delusions?

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News Item3/6/12 11:00 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Nothing is infallible. It seems that everything leads back to making a leap of faith in order to believe, trusting someone/something else.My question is how can you prove a god when he cannot be seen,heard,smelled,tasted,felt? Do you have an answer for this?
Neil wrote:
Are your sensations infallible? If not, then how do you tell which are true? And how do you determine whether other believers' experiences, or words, are true?
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News Item3/6/12 10:49 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
Sources like books, sermons, testimony of other believers.Experience meaning the five senses.
Are your sensations infallible? If not, then how do you tell which are true? And how do you determine whether other believers' experiences, or words, are true?
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News Item3/6/12 9:49 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Sources like books, sermons, testimony of other believers.Experience meaning the five senses.
Neil wrote:
OK, but what are these sources? And how do you verify them? You mention experience, but what sort of experience? The 5 senses, your mind, or what?
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News Item3/6/12 12:55 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
I can have a strong belief in something due to the influence of many sources of information.
OK, but what are these sources? And how do you verify them? You mention experience, but what sort of experience? The 5 senses, your mind, or what?
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News Item3/6/12 12:05 AM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
I can have a strong belief in something due to the influence of many sources of information. As with the argument for god. It has been told to me, I have read about him, the teleological argument, or any other "proof" offered in the apologetics books at the library. However a belief held in my head is not necessarily " knowledge" without a verifiable proof. If god does not show himself to me (if he can not be experienced)how then can you offer proof of his existence? And since god tells us we must believe in order to be saved then the question is a big one.
Neil wrote:
Before I try to answer that, what is your epistemology, your theory of knowledge? I can't discuss proof w/o knowing this.
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News Item3/3/12 7:39 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
I might ask a non-believer why he would suppose the existence of God depended on whether he believed it or not.
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News Item3/3/12 6:32 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
Sorry I don't think I have a clear answer for that yet Neil.
That's OK. It's a big issue.
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News Item3/3/12 5:48 PM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Sorry I don't think I have a clear answer for that yet Neil.
Neil wrote:
Before I try to answer that, what is your epistemology, your theory of knowledge? I can't discuss proof w/o knowing this.
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News Item3/3/12 5:37 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Before I try to answer that, what is your epistemology, your theory of knowledge? I can't discuss proof w/o knowing this.
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News Item3/3/12 5:23 PM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
If all philosophies must take something for granted/take a leap of faith/ then none are verifiable. Is it then just an idea that I expect others to believe just because I do.If it all must boil down to taking it on faith at some point this really is not satisfactory. How can you hold onto something as absolute truth that cannot be proven. If God does not show himself then how else would you propose that one should believe since there does not appear to be any other way to prove his existence? If something is not provable then how is it sensible to believe it? just wondering...
Neil wrote:
Unsatisfying? Do you mean subjectively, or objectively? If the former, that sounds like a purely emotional & thus useless reply. I'd be *satisfied* thus if God spoke to me every day and showed signs & wonders, but since He doesn't, is that a sufficient reason to deny Him, especially in light of Christ's warnings that even a resurrection will not convince doubters to believe? And if objectively, please elaborate. How is it sensible? Or what proof would be adequate to persuade a doubter?
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News Item3/3/12 5:08 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Thomas the Doubter wrote:
Yes,that sounds correct, but it is very unsatisfying.It does seem easier for a non-believer to say that since you cannot prove God exists that he does not indeed exist , therefore his position as a non/anti-believer is the only sensical one.
Unsatisfying? Do you mean subjectively, or objectively? If the former, that sounds like a purely emotional & thus useless reply. I'd be *satisfied* thus if God spoke to me every day and showed signs & wonders, but since He doesn't, is that a sufficient reason to deny Him, especially in light of Christ's warnings that even a resurrection will not convince doubters to believe? And if objectively, please elaborate. How is it sensible? Or what proof would be adequate to persuade a doubter?
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News Item3/3/12 5:02 PM
Thomas the Doubter  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Yes,that sounds correct, but it is very unsatisfying.It does seem easier for a non-believer to say that since you cannot prove God exists that he does not indeed exist , therefore his position as a non/anti-believer is the only sensical one.

Neil wrote:
Just name a philosophy that does *not* take some idea for granted (an axiom). All must do it.
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