Re: William James

Christoph Lameter (
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 19:20:38 -0700 (PDT)

I think these discussion groups are talking about the basic nature of
the Universe and not about concrete encounters with God. Generalities
count and a logical argument is by necessity based on abstract notions of
reality. Logic does carry critical weight in the discussion about God
here and should proceed from the best known science today.

On Mon, 1 Sep 1997, John W. Burgeson wrote:

>For some reason, those who are not Christians on this, and other LISTSERVs,
>seem to believe that logical arguments carry the critical weight in
>discussions of God.
>They need to heed the words of William James, who once commented that
>encounters with God
>are transcendent, noetic and ineffable.
>Thanks to Jack Anderson for pointing this out recently in the letters
>column in the Atlantic Monthly.
>One Christian who also seems to believe this MAY BE (I am not sure) Phil
>Johnson. Another group who appear to believe it are my friends at ICR,
>particularly Dr. Gish (who IS my friend).

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