Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Simulation Hypothesis and Christianity

Philosopher David Kyle Johnson at King's College asks whether Christian theologians' arguments aren't just a special case of the simulation argument (put forward in this form by Bostrom but really a basic epistemological question throughout history). Indeed I'm surprised that they don't do so explicitly, since I've already seen Christians online making exactly this argument. I imagine the same could be said of any religion that moved its core beliefs out of the realm of scrutiny and into a special rhetoric-only dimension; granting that our life here and now is a simulation, as always, the question remains of how we get information about the nature of the Simulator(s), and how we know what they want us to do.

If you're into this sort of thing, it gets really good in the second post when Johnson brings in Alvin Plantinga (for more on him go here.)

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