A Critique of Wolfhart Pannenberg's Scientific Theology

  title={A Critique of Wolfhart Pannenberg's Scientific Theology},
  author={Daniel R. Alvarez},
  journal={Theology and Science},
  pages={224 - 250}
Abstract In Theology and the Philosophy of Science, Wolfhart Pannenberg argues that theology is on a par with the natural sciences, insofar as theological statements are hypotheses subject to confirmation or disconfirmation by experience. He defends his thesis by claiming that theology makes truth-claims about reality; and, second, that these are verifiable in the same sense that scientific statements are. I will argue that this thesis is wrong; and that the first claim could be right in a… 



The two dogmas of empiricism

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    463; and 421, 422, in connection with Christ's expiatory death, where P. writes

    • Cf. Systematic Theology

    332, emphasis mine. Cf. also 314, 315, 299, and 300; and Systematic Theology

    • TAPOS

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    TAPOS, 336, emphasis mine

    • Systematic Theology