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Edward Feser (1968–) is a Catholic / Christian apologist writer of books such as Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Sciences, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Five Proofs of the Existence of God, and the co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.[1]

A critic of New Atheists, Feser accuses his opponents of misreading pre-modern philosophers like Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, and Leibniz, promoting a reversion to Aristotelian metaphysics.[2][3][4]

His book The Last Superstition claims to be a refutation of the New Atheism, which he accuses of "intellectual dishonesty, philosophical shallowness, and historical, theological, and scientific ignorance"; he tries to prove the existence of God starting with Aristotle's teleological metaphysics, in contrast to mechanical Newtonian metaphysics which he rejects.[5] So gravity is explained not by curvature of spacetime but the fact that stones naturally seek the centre of the Earth, and forming water via reaction is the final end of oxygen and hydrogen.[6] To most people this may appear monumentally nonsensical in comparison with Newtonian or Einsteinian physics, but maybe we should ask the stone what it's doing. If you believe that stones have a final purpose, it's not that far a step in terms of credulity to claim that God exists, but that's not really a strong argument for the existence of God.

In contrast to some modern theologians, he also claims that dogs don't go to Heaven.[7] His opinion about unicorns is unrecorded.

References[edit]

  1. See the Wikipedia article on Edward Feser.
  2. Edward Fesser, Aristotle's Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of the Physical and Biological Sciences edwardfeser.blogspot.com. 4 March 2019.
  3. Edward Fesser, Taking Aquinas Seriously. firstthings.com, 30 June 2017.
  4. Edward Feser godsplains why atheists don’t understand religion, and why there is absolutely, positively a God (the Catholic one), Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True
  5. The Last Superstition, Edward Feser, Montreal Review
  6. God’s more than a watchmaker, Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph
  7. Edward Feser: No dogs go to Heaven, Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True