Unfortunately, I get stuck at the point of "Who cares?" The humanities are not real sciences and can do nothing but contaminate any hard sciences to which they're applied.
Ah, I think my eyes must have glazed over, before I got to that part. I'll have to read it again, after having a mug of tea.
I was thinking that theology could fit into the humanities, as he described it, but I didn't see that. So, I nixed that part of my post.
Edit: yeah, I see some of what you're talking about, in a few of the sections ... about New Age groups grabbing onto Quantum Mechanics and such.
That's where my first statement in my initial post was going, before I changed the direction of my post:
Unfortunately, I get stuck at the point of "Who cares?" Until someone can demonstrate that theology is anything more than Bronze Age superstition carried into the modern era by a hierarchy that loves its power over human minds, I see no reason to hobble physics by tying it to something completely unfounded.
The language issue you mention seems to pop up in a situation I'm currently dealing with. I've mentioned in other threads about this guy I've got trying to argue Thomas Aquinas's five proofs (http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1002.htm). The guy is trying to layer on even more obfuscation in the form of additional definitions of God, which he somehow thinks will bridge the gap and prevent the last line of each of the first three proofs from being a bald assertion/Argument from Ignorance.
No, that's not the way you improve an argument. Thomas Aquinas was already too wordy and bullshit-heavy. You've got to strip away the useless stuff to the core philosophical arguments that expose it as the bad first-cause argument that it is, not layer additional bullshit on top of the existing stuff.
The main reason I'm trying to deal with his nonsense is for a friend of mine, who's listening along. She was unable to make any coherent apologetic arguments for the existence of any kind of God, and she introduced me to him as a proxy. She seems to be questioning her beliefs a little, since she's gotten out from under her parents' influence and off to college. I thought perhaps that I could help with the process.
Yes, she's cute. Why do you ask?