The Scientific View Of Man

Howard Darmstadter revisits the philosophy of David Hume after 300 years, ending with his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion:

When we open the Dialogues today, we know how the story of design ends: with Darwin’s Origin of Species, published a hundred years later. With evolutionary theory at hand, it’s easy to see how logically flimsy the argument from design really is; but while Hume was able to demolish the design argument’s logical pretensions, he knew that he had no positive theory to offer in its stead. Indeed, our belief in God seemed to Hume to resemble our belief in the reality of the external world: we cannot adequately answer the skeptical arguments about God or external objects, but we cannot help believing in Him or them.

That is certainly my own experience. If I could disbelieve in God, I would.

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