Making a case for theology. Anyone?
Theology is the new astrology
14 February 2010.
I have used this blog to vent against theology unashamedly. Following on the “Evolution Opening” of the University of Pretoria’s Dutch Reformed Faculty of Theology (click here) I challenge theologians and believers to make a case for “Theology”.
Wrote Richard Dawkins in Free Inquiry, Spring 1998: “What has theology ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has theology ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? I have listened to theologians, read them, debated against them. I have never heard any of them ever say anything of the smallest use, anything that was not either platitudinously obvious or downright false. If all the achievements of scientists were wiped out tomorrow, there would be no doctors but witch doctors, no transport faster than horses, no computers, no printed books, no agriculture beyond subsistence peasant farming. If all the achievements of theologians were wiped out tomorrow, would anyone notice the smallest difference? Even the bad achievements of scientists, the bombs, and sonar-guided whaling vessels work! The achievements of theologians don’t do anything, don’t affect anything, don’t mean anything. What makes anyone think that ‘theology’ is a subject at all?”
What contribution has theology made? What contribution is it making? What contribution can it make in the future?
Exclusive contribution, that is, not some subsidiary subscription to the glaringly obvious.