A paper on Positive Mysterianism


#1

A downloadable pdf file from Dale Tuggy; a paper to be included in a prestigious religion/philosophy journal soon - but it is readable and understandable if you stick with it.
Link at end of this post.

From the paper:
Abstract :Religious believers react in one of four ways to apparent contradictions among
their beliefs: Redirection, Resistance, Restraint, or Resolution. This paper evaluates positive
mysterian Resistance, the view that believers may rationally believe and know apparently
contradictory religious doctrines. After locating this theory by comparing and contrasting it withothers, I explore the best developed version of it, that of James Anderson’s Paradox in ChristianTheology. I argue that it faces steep epistemic problems, and is at best a temporarily reasonablebut ultimately unsustainable stance.


#2

Just this acronym makes it worthwhile to read :slight_smile:
MACRUE

Merely Apparent Contradiction as a
Result of Unarticulated Equivocation.

Wunnerful!


#3

Well, Dave, you have outdone yourself this time, forcing me to actually use my brain and think seriously about what I believe and why I believe it. Not easy for a guy well beyond his allotted threescore and ten!

There were quite a few MACRAEs living in and around my hometown Inverness but I don’t remember there being any MACRUEs. I promise not to react with Resistance to the idea that there may well have been some by that name (MacRue). Rather, I will try to Resolve the question via Rational Reinterpretation so that I might end up with an appropriate Reformed Revision I can live with. (My use of the word “Reformed” does not necessarily imply that I hope to find the correct answer within Calvin’s Institutes). I realise this process may require more than one Revision.

The author’s use of capital letters, A, B, C, L etc. is a tad confusing. I always used to think that ‘M’ was a mysterious character who appeared in a James Bond novel.

I’ll get back to you after I sleep on it…


#4

Somebody READ it???
I’m so glad!! These more technical things can sometimes ‘stretch’ us in good ways. That was my hope when posting it.
Sleep well. And…wake up! :wink: