In my opinion, all theology consists of collections of opinion about opinions (Hearsay). Roman Catholic opinion is different from Protestant opinion. Reformed opinion is a form of Protestant opinion that can be sub-divided into a myriad of somewhat related opinions. The same goes for Methodist and Baptist opinion, Pentecostal and Etc. opinion. Philosophy also consists of collections of opinion about opinions (Hearsay). Both Theology and Philosophy come to grief with four questions: How do we know? Who says so? How do we know they know what they are talking about? Why would anyone take anything on faith? (Which would be answered with, "We are at the point of having to do something and we don't know what will happen no matter what we do, so we have to make our best guess about what to do and trust our luck, and see what happens, and we will know more after making the experiment." Science is grounded on making experiments on someone's opinions in order to verify what can be known and separate that from what will have to-- for the time being-- remain unknown/unknowable.) The statement: "The stove is hot," can be verified independently by everyone. Statements of Theology and Philosophy have to be "Taken on faith" by those subscribing to the Theology/Philosophy in question. Why would anybody ever take anything "On faith"? Because they are too lazy or disinterested to think things through for themselves, in an "Okay, if you say so," kind of way. Immanuel Kant has some interesting things to say about the "Transcendent" and the "Transcendental." He says, basically, that we can think/talk about the "Transcendental," but, because the "Transcendent" is Transcendent, we cannot think, and therefore cannot talk, about the "Transcendent." And, in my opinion, that is where it ends-- in knowing what we can talk about, and what we cannot talk about. And not talking about what we cannot talk about, beyond asking the four questions, "How do we know?" "Who says so?" "How do we know they know what they are talking about?" "Why would anyone take anything on faith?"
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FYI. My missive is once again blank. Did I forget to pay my fees? Thanks.
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I don’t know what is going on (On a lot of levels), perhaps this will help:
Now THAT is Philosophy!
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