Alfredo, our very own blogger, has recently received a reply from William Lane Craig on the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS) here! He has literally become a thomistic rock star overnight. Next meal is on him guys! Really though, I think he provided a death blow argument for DDS that could not be avoided unless you wanted to embrace intellectual suicide. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what WLC did in his response here. He may be closer to a view of DDS, but metaphysically, his rejection of proper parts is radically problematic. A denial of proper parts entails the denial of the essence/existence distinction, therefore giving us the proposal that everything is God (i.e, pantheism). How in the world could we linguistically refer to parts if no parts could be observed? According to him, it’s really just a “figment of our imagination”. Philosophy can be such a despairing discipline if we pit the intellect against reality like this. This is no different than Parmenides who denied the existence of change, but we all know how that was historically crushed by none other than Aristotle.
I just do not understand how philosophers can be forced to accept such ridiculous notions. If anything, I would much rather concede to agnosticism than be anywhere near such views. Fortunately, this is what makes A-T stick out from the rest. It attempts to provide rational defenses for common sense positions, but it goes beyond this and gives us powerful tools for understanding complex issues. I think it’s interesting that WLC is readily able to accept extremely counter-intuitive propositions, yet his very own arguments for the existence of God make direct appeals to intuition. Does anyone else not find this selectively ad hoc? And his concession that philosophy is at its deepest level counter-intuitive dribble is a very sad conclusion. What’s to stop the atheist from making this same claim about all of his arguments for theism? The universe needed a cause? Well, philosophy has counter-intuitive consequences so maybe it just popped into existence out of nothing!
Well that’s enough of my rant. Go read it.