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Determinism: talking about God’s world without God

October 28, 2010

Even though God is dead, as pronounced by Nietzsche, we still cannot avoid speaking about the world as though God exists. Modern Determinism does not believe in a God, but still talks about the world as though it is “caused” and “caused deterministically.” Of course, the cause(s) in this theory is/are not God, but ‘nature’. ‘nature’ should be referred to as “Nature”, because the language used is unavoidably metaphysical. Scientists, such as Richard Dawkins, have no issue with being ‘spirtual’ about Nature. God and Nature are on par metaphysically.

Determinism, like all causal theories, presume a God or metaphysical essence, even though they may not refer to one.

What’s the alternative?Like Terry Pratchett paraphrasing Heraclitus says, “Things just happen, what the hell!”