Monthly Archives: November 2011

RETORIKA “TERORA” i “DŽIHADA”: FILOZOFSKI i TEOLOŠKI OSVRT

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RETORIKA “TERORA” i “DŽIHADA”: FILOZOFSKI i TEOLOŠKI OSVRT1

Cilj ovog teksta jeste ukazivanje na probleme koji su nastali usljed retoričkog korištenja termina ”teror” i ”džihad”, te ukazivanje na činjenicu kako je ta retorika onemogućila uspostavljanje komunikacionog procesa među civilizacijama. Ono na što se u ovom tekstu odnosi riječ ”retorika” jeste korištenje dojmljivog jezika radi ostvarenja određenih interesa, a osobito radi postizanja političkih ciljeva.
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THE RHETORIC OF “TERROR’’ AND THE RHETORIC OF “JIHAD”

In this article, I will try to demonstrate the misuse of the rhetoric of “terror” and “jihad” and the fact that this rhetoric avoids the formation of a” communicative process.” With the word “rhetoric” I mean the persuasive use of language especially for political means. READ MORE…

ENTROPY and GOD

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The second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of entropy, is considered one of the most fundamental laws of the universe. This law states that the disorder in the universe is constantly increasing in a single direction. This law has great importance, especially in terms of the debate of whether the universe has a beginning and an end, a debate that has been raging between theists and atheists throughout history. In addition to this, entropy also has to be considered in discussions of the “argument from design” and the “miracles,” both of which are important subjects in philosophy of religion. In this paper, after defining entropy and presenting some of its important physical and philosophical points, the results of this law will be analyzed under four headings from the point of philosophy of religion. The first of these headings concerns the end of the universe, the second its beginning, the third the argument from design, and the fourth the miracles. READ MORE…

DETERMINISM, INDETERMINISM, QUANTUM THEORY AND DIVINE ACTION

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ABSTRACT

While the theory of relativity is the most important theory of modern physics at the macro level, quantum theory is the most important theory at the micro level (subatomic). In this article, we shall attempt to analyze how quantum theory was the first to shake the foundations of the deterministic interpretation of the universe that had previously dominated the natural sciences, and how its “ontological indeterministic” interpretation enabled new points of view related to the questions about divine action, miracles and free will. In this article, we do not claim that quantum theory proves the existence of divine intervention, miracles and free will; in other words we are not engaging in natural theology. What we are trying to do is to demonstrate the error of the assertion according to which, from the point of view of positivism, divine intervention and miracles are impossible, since they would be violations of natural laws. In other words we are claiming that the formulation of a theology of nature is ‘possible’ within the framework of the laws of modern science (but not claiming that this view is scientifically correct). We would like to stress in particular that as we do this, our attempt to show what the ‘possible’ is does not include a claim related to what the ‘actuality’ is. READ MORE…

DIE RHETORIK VON “TERROR” & “CIHAD”

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Eine Philosophische und Theologische Bewertung[1]

von Dr. Caner Taslaman
übersetzt aus dem Türkischen von Kerem A.

Der Zweck dieser Abhandlung ist, die durch die rhetorische Verwendung der Begriffe “Terror” und “Cihad” entstandenen Probleme aufzuzeigen und ebenso, dass diese Rhetoriken die Entstehung des kommunikativen Prozesses zwischen den Kulturen verhindern. In dieser Untersuchung wird mit dem Wort “Rhetorik” seine Verwendung angesprochen, bei der die Sprache auf eine überzeugende Art und Weise gebraucht wird, um bestimmte Interessen, besonders auch politische Ziele zu verwirklichen. READ MORE…