where / how do you draw the line between empirical observation and ad hoc explanations based on God's attribute of 'personality'

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where / how do you draw the line between empirical observation and ad hoc explanations based on God's attribute of 'personality'

The attribute of personality allows things to take place (through human agency) that would otherwise require a complicated causal chain (how did this cave come about? Was it ultimately formed because of natural causes, or did someone decide to dig it out, install fake stalagmites, etc.)

But once we observe a causal chain, we can exclude an explanation by the direct action of a personal agency. My question - what grounds do theists have to short circuit observed natural mechanisms by appealing to God's attribute of personality? For example: light reaches us from stars that would have taken billions of years to reach us (not thousands as YECs would have it). Al Mohler explained this by saying the universe could have been created (like Adam) with the appearance of age (IOW, God being personal could have just decided to do it that way).

Or that God could have created initial proportions of C-14 in rocks that gives the appearance of billions of years of age.

What are the limits (are there any boundaries or limits) to applying this sort of ad hoc explanation to an observed phenomena?


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In accordance with

In accordance with Crabtree's Bludgeon, there are no limitations on just how ad hoc you can go with an argument.


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Quote: My question - what

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My question - what grounds do theists have to short circuit observed natural mechanisms by appealing to God's attribute of personality?

 

 

None. Nothing indicates that you even have to.


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But cpt_pineapple, if the

But cpt_pineapple, if the 'days' in genesis are literal, then the phenomenon of light seemingly billions of years old reaching us does require an appeal to 'God just did it that way, as he can since he's omnipotent'. I've heard it argued that the Genesis days MUST be literal since the association of a number with the word 'day' means it's literal.


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Crockoduck_Dembski wrote:
But cpt_pineapple, if the 'days' in genesis are literal, then the phenomenon of light seemingly billions of years old reaching us does require an appeal to 'God just did it that way, as he can since he's omnipotent'. I've heard it argued that the Genesis days MUST be literal since the association of a number with the word 'day' means it's literal.

 

You should have labeled the question 'creationists' insted of 'Theists'. Creationists must make this argument, but not all Theists do. 


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LosingStreak06,  You can

LosingStreak06,

 You can go that far, but what would be your justification? If it is axiomatic that distance = rate x time and that light reaching us is therefore billions of years old, why would you say, "I can synchronize this by introducing the following distinctions...". ?


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"You should have labeled

"You should have labeled the question 'creationists' insted of 'Theists'. Creationists must make this argument, but not all Theists do. "

sorry, I'm new here - I was sloppy with my terms.


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Crockoduck_Dembski wrote:

LosingStreak06,

You can go that far, but what would be your justification? If it is axiomatic that distance = rate x time and that light reaching us is therefore billions of years old, why would you say, "I can synchronize this by introducing the following distinctions...". ?

Were I a creationist making that argument, my justification would be that the Bible is correct, thuse requiring a rethinking of reality. That's the whole point of ad hoc. Its justification is irrelevant.


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LosingStreak06

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Crockoduck_Dembski wrote:

LosingStreak06,

You can go that far, but what would be your justification? If it is axiomatic that distance = rate x time and that light reaching us is therefore billions of years old, why would you say, "I can synchronize this by introducing the following distinctions...". ?

Were I a creationist making that argument, my justification would be that the Bible is correct, thuse requiring a rethinking of reality. That's the whole point of ad hoc. Its justification is irrelevant.

 

Well said. Rational thought requires abandoning a conclusion and clinging to reality. Ad hoc thinking requires abandonging reality and clinging to the conclusion. 

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