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  Theistic realism - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Theistic realism is a philosophy based on the idea that God is real, acts in the universe, and is knowable through the senses and reason.
Theistic realism has also been described by Gerald L. Gutek as the synthesis of the Greek rational philosophy of Aristotle and Christian theology that was systematized in Thomism.
According to Gutek, theistic realism draws from Christianity a belief in divine revelation, a divine creation of the world and humanity by God, and divine grace, while also drawing from the aristotelian ideas of teleology, empiricism, and rationality.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Theistic_realism   (1925 words)

 Pantheism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Thus, although Hegel conceived of Reality as unified and rational in terms of the Absolute (Geist), and in a manner that I take it would qualify Geist as divine, he denies he was a pantheist.
However, the pantheist, like the theist, is not troubled by the fact that her moral realism is based on metaphysical assumptions that some regard as otiose.
In theistic traditions, prayer — which is a type of worship — and sometimes meditation, are the principle forms of religious practice.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/pantheism   (15247 words)

  Theistic realism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theistic realism, therefore, relies on a God that is real, personal, and acting in the world, through mechanistic creationism.
Theistic realism was developed by Johnson to be a counter to methodological naturalism.
Theistic realism as Johnson describes it is an attempt to redefine science outside of naturalistic constraints.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theistic_realism   (1121 words)

 Dr. John Mark Reynolds
I believe that this distinction between the theistic idealist and at least some form of theistic realism entails a difficulty for the theistic idealist.
The God of the theistic idealist is directly responsible for the state of affairs that leads Johnson to be absurd at the very moment that he chooses to be absurd.
The second traditional theistic response to such problematic states of affairs is to argue that God only passively allows them for higher purposes framed "from the foundation of the world." We saw a form of this theodicy in the story of the woman and her terrible party guest.
www.johnmarkreynolds.com /kicking.html   (3402 words)

Thus, although Hegel conceived of Reality as unified and rational in terms of the Absolute (Geist), and in a manner that I take it would qualify Geist as divine, he denies he was a pantheist.
However, the pantheist, like the theist, is not troubled by the fact that her moral realism is based on metaphysical assumptions that some regard as otiose.
In theistic traditions, prayer-which is a type of worship-and sometimes meditation, are the principle forms of religious practice.
www.seop.leeds.ac.uk /archives/win2002/entries/pantheism   (13363 words)

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Therefor, "theistic realism" (as he calls it), another unproven philosophical position, deserves to be taken just as seriously by the scientific community.
He points to open questions in evolutionary theory, and argues that if scientists were willing to give theistic realism its fair due, it would be obvious to them that the answer to those questions is "God did it".
By asking for Divine influence to be seriously considered by scientists, Johnson is in effect asking scientists to rely on their church leaders to tell them what to conclude from their experiments.
www.io.com /unigames/commentary/041598.html   (700 words)

 But is it True?
Moore’s realism is fideistic: he begins with the reality of the Christian God, denying the use of external criteria to prove and justify his existence and then proceeds to explore the semantic, epistemic and ontological consequences of his commitment.
I have tried to gesture at a conception of realism, which is not construed on an analogy between religious narratives and historical or scientific ones and which is intended to shed light on the nature of the ‘non-fundamentalist’s’ concern for truth.
Such a realism differs from Moore’s realism in various respects, the most salient of which is its lack of commitment to the existence of God.
www.arsdisputandi.org /publish/articles/000204/article.htm   (3634 words)

This question, given metaphysical realism, is substantial, and, I think, impossible to answer; and it is this gulf between truth and our ways of attempting to recognize it which constitutes the respect in which the facts are autonomous.
Thus metaphysical realism involves to an unacceptable, indeed fatal, degree the autonomy of fact: there is from that perspective no reason to suppose that scientific practice provides even the slightest clue to what is true.
There is real and genuine evil in the world: evil such that it isn't just a matter of personal opinion that the thing in question is abhorrent, and furthermore it doesn't matter if those who perpetrate it think it is good, and could not be convinced by anything we said.
www.homestead.com /philofreligion/files/Theisticarguments.html   (7253 words)

 Pantheism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Pantheism clearly does not claim that God in the theistic sense is immanent in the world since it denies such a God — transcendent or immanent — exists.
In theistic traditions, prayer — which is a type of worship — and sometimes meditation, are the principle forms of religious practice.
Buddhism is properly regarded as non-theistic because of its basic philosophical, religious tenets — it fundamental understanding of reality — and various theistically oriented religious practices need not betaken as undermining Buddhism's non-theistic (atheistic) stance.
www.seop.leeds.ac.uk /entries/pantheism   (15177 words)

 20th WCP: A Taxonomy of Moral Realism
Given that the ideas surrounding moral realism involve inherently complicated issues like objectivity, cognitivism, realism, and truth, we do well to have a systematic strategy in approaching the characterisation of the theory.
At this stage, the idea is to seek a keener insight of the general contours of moral realism in the light of the contrast with its main opponents on various substantive issues.
I will explicate what is involved with each relation and use this distinction to map out two modern versions of moral realism — supervenient moral realism which relies on truth-conditional semantics and the philosophy of the later Wittgenstein, and reductive moral realism which relies on reductive naturalism and scientific realism.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/TEth/TEthChew.htm   (1475 words)

 Theistic realism - CreationWiki, the encyclopedia of creation science
These ideas have recently been labeled "Theistic Realism" by a number of academics, including Phillip Johnson, Gerald L. Gutek, and professors at Baylor College of Medicine.
Real science, as opposed to philosophical scientific materialism, cannot be and does not claim to be a comprehensive or exclusive source of knowledge about reality.
In describing theistic realism in his book Reason in the Balance, Phillip Johnson grounded his argument in several verses in the New Testament of the Bible.
creationwiki.org /Theistic_Realism   (1505 words)

 Solid Rock Ministries
Finally, I object to theistic activism on the grounds that one who holds to it is committed to the claim that God causes himself to exist and causes himself to have such properties as omnipotence and omniscience.
The difficulty consists in finding a middle way between the claim that reality is unconceptualised reality and the claim that there is no difference between what is real and what we experience as real.
Second, in contrast to the notion of realism in the pragmatic tradition he sketches the presuppositions of what is labelled religious or theological realism in present analytic philosophy of religion.
home.infostations.com /srm/phil.htm   (4337 words)

 The Berkeley boat-rocker
This latest book cannot really be called a sequel; rather, says Johnson, his frontal assault on Darwinism was an essential 'prequel' to this one.
He lays bare the awkward fact that TE scientists have aided and abetted the decline of the Christian ethic by accepting, for all practical purposes, the assumptions of naturalism (nature is all there is) so far as their science is concerned.
Naturalism is now so firmly entrenched that even a slight whiff of what he calls 'theistic realism' in academia generates instant ridicule to try to marginalize proponents.
www.answersingenesis.org /docs/1322.asp   (1386 words)

 Pharyngula::My new hero, Pat Shipman
This essay is powerful, well-presented and effective in presenting exigency of stopping ID and so-called "theistic realism".
Theistic realism,"assumes that the universe and all its creatures were brought into existence for a purpose by God.".
Theistic realism exchanges the "god of the gaps" for the "god of the guess".
pharyngula.org /index/weblog/comments/my_new_hero_pat_shipman   (1450 words)

To claim to be a theistic realist is to communicate that you not only believe in God, but that you believe that he is objectively real.
The result of this abandonment of realism does not produce the tolerant society which is promoted in the name of subjectivism, relativism, and pragmatism.
If there is no independent reality out there, or if that reality is unknowable, we have no reason to trust our rationality and have no basis upon which to resolve conflict other than the forceful imposition of our opinions on others.
withallyourmind.net   (2968 words)

 Human Persons as a Test Case for Integrative Methodologies: Complementarity vs. Theistic Realism
Reality consists in a hierarchy of different levels of systems or things that are parts of and give rise to wholes (systems or things) at higher levels of organization due to the complex interaction of the parts at lower levels.
Theistic Realism is an alternative approach to interdisciplinary study and to the integration of theology and other disciplines such as the hard sciences.
To reiterate, this complex spatial extension is the body of the organism and it is an external realization of a non–extended internal structure of capacities within the soul’s essence.
www.leaderu.com /aip/docs/moreland1b.html   (7018 words)

 Robert T. Pennock - Supernaturalist Explanations...
He recommends that scientific naturalism be replaced by a theistic science that embraces the absolute truth of divine interventions in the world and incorporates supernatural explanations.
My argument is that in the first case "theistic science" is not science, and that in the second case it is not theistic in the Creationists' own sense of the term.
Rather, science eschews theistic explanations for the same reasons that it eschews other supernatural explanations, and it is to a discussion of these that that we now turn.
www.msu.edu /~pennock5/research/papers/Pennock_SupNatExpl.html   (15559 words)

 Perceiving God and Realism
For SP, realism would claim, more precisely, that physical objects (that is, objects existing in three-dimensional space and enduring in time) exist as instances of most of the concepts we read into sense-perceptual experience.
In the case of SP, realism is the thesis that the existence of spatio-temporal objects provides a causally necessary condition for the experiences interpreted via the concepts associated with SP.
However, the critic of Alston may argue that sense-perceptual realism is not undermined by the marking of perceptual illusions in which nothing in physical space is perceived.
www.philoonline.org /library/byrne_3_2.htm   (6788 words)

 Robert C. Koons: Phl 327 Lecture #13
According to objective moral realism, moral facts do not depend upon corresponding human judgments, choices or attitudes, whether of individuals or whole cultures.
A homeostatic cluster of properties is a set of properties that tend to occur together, because of a self-reinforcing network of cause-and-effect relationships.
As in the case of his divine command theory, this is a theory of the real essence of goodness, not a theory of the meaning of the word 'good' or of our concept of goodness.
www.leaderu.com /offices/koons/docs/chrphlec13.html   (1673 words)

 o01-02-07b   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There are many theories of creation: fiat creationism; gap theories with big, medium and multiple small gaps; theistic evolution; progressive creationism; flood theories; age-day theories; ideal-time theories; apparent age theories; and pictorial-literary-framework theories.
This was accomplished subsequently by inherited variability, mutations, natural selection, and other mechanisms of microevolution acting together with environmental changes over long periods of time (millions of years), giving rise to trans-species macroevolution (single-celled organisms evolved into invertebrates, then vertebrate fish, then amphibians, then reptiles, then birds and lower animals, then primates, then human beings).
It is a challenge to the conservative theistic evolutionists who accept the Fall as real but disregard all its detailed consequences: punishment for Satan, Adam and Eve; painful childbearing for women, men’s having to struggle in order to survive; alienation from God, and death.
www.religionbookreviews.com /o01-02-07b.htm   (3276 words)

 Evolution News & Views: Response to Barbara Forrest's Kitzmiller Account, Part II: Assessing Dr. Forrest's Usage of ...
Under direct examination by Eric Rothschild, I related Johnson’s definition of ID as “theistic realism” or “mere creation,” by which he means “that we affirm that God is objectively real as Creator, and that the reality of God is tangibly recorded in evidence accessible to science, particularly in biology.
Christian theistic evolutionist Keith Miller wrote "Seeing the history of life unfolding with each new discovery is exciting to me. How incredible to be able to look back through eons of time and see the panorama of God’s evolving creation!” (Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, pg.
These quotes simply demonstrate that theistic evolutionists can interpret the scientific theory of evolution in the context of their Christian faith--something these two theistic evolutionist scientists have every right to do.
www.evolutionnews.org /2006/09/response_to_barbara_forrests_k_1.html   (1799 words)

 Triablogue: Machiavellian atheology
Or perhaps the atheist realizes his own ability to respond to a IDNA is predicated upon that which he is committed to, and how familiar he is with the metaphysics thereof.
I have attempted to show (elsewhere, in the "Faking It" thread) that conceptual intensional/natural realism is not inconsistent with physicalism to "account for" the laws of logic, and universals in particular.
As I was reading them (sections 6 and 7, respectively), I found he had put into words what I tried to describe long ago on this blog, when you brought up "pure" conceptualism, in which these abstractions don't exist apart from our minds at all.
triablogue.blogspot.com /2006/10/machiavellian-atheology.html   (5048 words)

 Church of Reality
It is often stated by theistic religions that good and bad are defined by the deity.
Our world view is that our morals are superior to theistic moral systems because our values are reality based and they are evolving.
The Church of Reality is a non-prophet organization.
www.churchofreality.org /wisdom/realist_culture/lifestyle/we_live_our_values.html   (619 words)

 Americans United: Intelligent Design: Creationism's Trojan Horse
The intelligent design creationists who are executing this strategy collectively refer to themselves as “the Wedge.” Phillip Johnson, the architect of the strategy and the group’s de facto leader, invokes the metaphor of a wood-splitting wedge to illustrate his goal of splitting apart the concepts of science and naturalism.
In short, since the ID movement cannot really influence the way science is actually done (even the scientists among them do not use the concept of ID in their professional scientific work), they want to influence the way science is understood by the American public and by policymakers.
In his role as an ID proponent, he claims that biological structures such as bacterial flagella are “irreducibly complex,” meaning that their parts could not have been assembled over time by natural selection and that the absence of one part would by definition make the entire structure nonfunctional.
www.au.org /site/PageServer?pagename=cs_2005_02_special   (5221 words)

 Amazon.com: The Triumph of Evolution...And the Failure of Creationism: Books: Niles Eldredge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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This book really explained some things to me that I didn't understand before, like how the Linnaean classification system fit within evolution and how punctuated equilibrium was explained.
It is not that the book is really badly written, but that it falls somewhat short of the best.
www.amazon.com /Triumph-Evolution-Failure-Creationism/dp/0716736381   (3058 words)

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