Breaking News: WLC Disses Aquinas

During the Q&A period of tonight’s Craig-Carroll debate on God and cosmology, WLC said this (or something very close to it): “Aquinas’ metaphysical principles are just dubious.”

Shhhhh… Don’t tell Ed Feser.

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • being itself

    Anyone with rudimentary understanding of science realizes that Aquinas’ metaphysical principles are either false or unsupported. Of course Feser, by his own admission, will cling to those principles come what may.

    • Walter Van den Acker

      Metaphysical principles don’t have to be supported by science, being itself. Aquinas’ metaphysical principles do have some support in Aquinas and Aristotle’s philosophical arguments.
      I am not convinced by those arguments and I do think there is plenty of room for alternatives, but we should argue against Aquinas’ position, not just dismiss it out of hand.

      BTW, Mr Lowder, I don’t think it will come as a surprise to Feser that Craig doesn’t agree with Aquinas. They have had discussions before and Craig’s idea of a god who is timeless sans the universe and becomes temporal with the universe is a dircect contradiction to Aquinas’ idea of god as actus purus.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1al-RuUEVxHk3ldQQC8o0U5ES3T7MfnmxdaKjVAl0Zzc/pub Angra Mainyu

    Yes, Craig rejects some of Aquinas’s doctrines and/or arguments, for example (in addition to the one already mentioned by Walter Van der Acker), Aquinas’s doctrine of simplicity (e.g., http://www.reasonablefaith.org/proof-of-divine-simplicity ); Craig accepts a weaker form of simplicity ( http://www.reasonablefaith.org/attributes-of-god )

    Incidentally, in the first link Craig also rejects metaphysical proper parts, a matter related to the discussion in the thread about the “New Atheists” and their arguments (though Craig holds that God is simple because (among other things), he has no physical parts).


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