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Re: On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, ...

Re: On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, ...

“How do you get outside of your philosophical realist perspective and “look back and determine whether any of the people of that time had a worldview consistent with what is now called philosophical realism”?”

I have already noted that I can accept that I have a paradigm that affects my perspective. You also have a paradigm that affects your perspective. But somehow, from within your paradigm you can read what I write and make a determination as to my philosophical paradigm; you can read what Andrew writes and make a determination as to his philosophical paradigm; you can read what James K. A. Smith writes and make a determination as to his philosophical paradigm; etc. Are you suggesting that when you read John, Luke, Paul, Moses, etc. you lose your inductive reasoning ability and can’t draw any conclusions as to whether they have a view consistent with what is today called realism or non-realism?

So far, instead of looking at those writings and applying the same inductive reasoning you apply to my writings, you have side-stepped the issue by claiming that because Jesus lived before the study of realism/non-realism, He couldn’t have had a perspective consistent with a realist.

You support that by noting: “most people are philosophical realists because they grew up in late modern America or Europe and have been taught and trained to think that the world is divided into objective and subjective realms”

That may be true for people today but even if it is true, that doesn’t exclude the possibility that the Jewish people of Bible times had similar training and perspective (which is what I am suggesting is the case).

You certainly don’t owe me anything and you don’t have to study the Bible with the idea of understanding the paradigm of the writers if you don’t want to. But please don’t suggest that that study is impossible. If one can understand the paradigm of living writers based on their writings, I don’t see how it is intellectually honest to suggest that just because the writers are dead one can’t possibly understand their paradigm based on their writings.

On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, and Relational Possibilities By: Jacob (99 replies) 21 March, 2009 - 03:10