Gibberish passes as theology

September 29, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More

How do you tell the difference between gibberish and theology?  The experts apparently can’t. This brings to mind Daniel Dennet’s quote:

The philosopher Ronaldo de Souza once memorably described philosophical theology as “intellectual tennis without a net,” and I readily allow that I have indeed been assuming without comment or question up to now that the net of rational judgement was up. But we can lower it if you really want to.


You’ll have some fun reading this Sokal-style abstract for the fake article that passed muster.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Tige Gibson says:

    Since I follow Jerry Coyne, I didn’t realize that I had gotten there from here. “Sophisticated” (this is redundant) theology is one of the emperor’s new outfits.

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