Flew: God dies the death of a thousand qualificaitons- explain pleaseWatch
any help would be greatly appreciated
religious statements in particular cause problem because believers have a prior commitment to their faith, and often come up with excuses... remember the parable of the gardener
any statement made "dies the death of 1000 qualifications" if the person who says it does not say something to contradict what they believe, because they're just like excuses...
if that makes sense?
Flew is saying that the more qualities added, the more likely it is that the atheist is right i.e. for a statement to have meaning, it must stand firm without further justification.
Does that help?????
makes it loads clearer
What Flew means is religion never allows you to falsify religion i.e. prove it false and so religion keeps changing or 'qualifiying' our answers. ]]
There is a parable that makes it clearler Flew uses by John Wisdom- 2 guys are going through a dense jungle and they come to a patch of land so neatrly kept with flowers on it etc, so that it points to there being a gardener. So one guy says to the other, "Look at the way this is kept, there must be a gardener".
The other guy then says this is ridiculous, saying they are in the middle of nowhere, why would there be a gardener etc, there is no gardener. The first guy keeps saying there is so they both sit there and wait for a while.
After a few hours the second guy is even more confident the gardener doesn't exist but the first guy says 'well, he must only come at night'. Every time the second guy says there isn't a gardener the second guy changes or qualifies his answer, saying 'he must be on holiday', 'he must be sick' and eventually says that the gardener is invisible.
Therefore, what Flew is saying is that religion does not let itself be proven false, because believers say stuff like 'we can't know what God has planned for us' 'God is transcendent i.e. beyond this universe so we can't know what he wants us to do' etc- therefore religion dies the death of a thousand qualifications because it never allows anything to counter it.
Hope this helps, let me know if you're stuck with anything else and I'll try and help, unless you think this doesn't make sense in which case I apologise