Indeed, it may be the concept of “genuine explanation” that assumes the explanation has to be reductive, which means religion shouldn’t be in the business of explanation. Theism should be intuitive, pragmatic, or fictional (for aesthetic purposes), without competing with philosophy or science. By positing God as an explanation that’s meant to be plausible, God becomes a thing, after all, something that therefore requires explanation. God is supposed to be Being itself or the ground of being, not any particular being. Alas, the claim that God exists, then, would be next to vacuous.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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