So ( please critique this:cool: and correct me if Im wrong );
- Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead. So most theological God-talk is today meaningless. A new way to speak of God must be found.
- Since God can no longer be conceived in theistic terms, it becomes nonsensical to seek to understand Jesus as the incarnation of the theistic deity. So the Christology of the ages is bankrupt.
The truth value of 2) is tied to the truth value of statement 1), obviously.
- -> 2).
So logically speaking, if 1) is false, statement 2) will lose its truth value.
Now, 1) cannot obviously, be true.
Like all of you, I agree that if 1) is true then that would mean that 90% of the world are not theists because theism is dead. But considering that there are like 2 billion Christians and 1 billion Muslims who are theists, then theism is still alive. The Bible is STILL the world’s best selling book. “Passion of the Christ” is in the top 100 highest earning movies ever. And the Church continues to gain many converts every day because people still believe in a God. Of course, there are others that leave, but the Church population continues to grow and grow. The Church is alive and well. Other than that, there are apologeticians and priests , etc, who continue to write books and pass out other Christian material into the public. The Church continues to build more churches to respond to the growing number of Catholics. If you visited another country for example, the Philippines, look at the churches. They are jampacked (!!!) and people even have to stay outside the Church because it gets crowded. Now, how could theism be possibly dead if so many people, billions in fact, still believe or adhere to some form of God?
I also find the 1) very odd because, like what the rest of you said, it’s like saying the belief in Mt. Everest’s existence, for example, no longer explains Mt. Everest’s existence.
Also, statement 1) lacks basis & evidence. It immediately jumps to the conclusion that theism is dead without giving any proof, facts, etc at all. Therefore, this makes it an opinion.
It lacks a valid argument. It needs to be argued for as it has no basis.
I looked up the meaning of theism in other dictionaries and it is “the belief in the existence in a god”. I really have to disagree with the first sentence because theism is NOT a way of defining God but belief that God exists. So what ground does that first sentence of 1) stand on if it contradicts itself ???
Again, only about 5 - 10% of the world population are not theists while the other 90+% believe in some sort of a God. Theism is just so MUCH more alive than non theism.
If so, how could theism be dead???
- is false.
Because 2)'s statement is tied to 1)'s truth value then 2) is false.
Correct me If Im wrong.