Tuesday, November 20, 2012


The discussion of Plantinga's attitude to the way in which God knows what he knows led us to see here a little negative theology. In the December post we illustrate this tendency at work more widely in Christian theology, in the Chalecdonian statement on the Incarnation,  and at various other points. All these are junctures or intersections of the divine nature with human nature, or of divine action with humaan actions. The language of negativity is resorted to because these relations of the divine and the human are unparalleled in our experience. The finite cannot encompass the infinite.

Incidentally, those interested in matters Plantingian may like to take a look at his review of Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False in The New Republic, as well as Nagel's earlier review of Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism in The New York Review of Books.