Roy Clouser: “A Blueprint for a Non-Reductionist Theory of Reality”
This paper examines the nature of religious beliefs, and then the relation between them and reduction claims. It finds that reduction claims either contain or presuppose the belief that whatever all else reduces to is divine, and are therefore examples of religious faith rather than theories. An argument is given to show that: 1) no such reduction claim is justifiable, and that 2) all such reduction claims are utterly devoid of explanatory power.
14 July 2008