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Theism and Explanation 3: What are Theistic Explanations?


3.1 Theoretical Explanations
3.2 Intentional Explanations
3.3 The Coherence of Theism
3.4 Causal Explanations

Dawes first points out what theoretical explanations and theistic explanations have in common. Both look at facts we can observe to argue that facts we cannot observe are true. He says that objecting to theistic arguments due to their unobservability is misguided.

He also defends intentional causation in general, and then tries to flesh out the idea of theistic explanations, defending his claim that the only valid objection is de facto, not in principle. He looks at how theistic explanations, even if seemingly self contradictory, can still be proposed, since our understanding may be flawed. If we have strong enough reason to accept a contradictory explanation, then we have reason to investigate and correct the contradiction.

This is an area he continues to criticize Dawkins for, pointing out that one not need explain the explanation for the explanation to be valid.

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