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On February 25 our guest was James Peterson, author of The Mind of God and The Philosophy of Explanation. We addressed some of the thorny questions about the taboo subject of religion by exploring its philosophical underpinnings. In looking at the variety of assumptions that underly the conflicts between various religions and between deism, atheism and agnosticism, we uncovered some of the reasons that this is such a divisive topic. Understanding the differences in these assumptions led us to a clearer understanding of why our conclusions differ on this and many other issues. More importantly, in discussing these differences we found areas of common understanding that strengthen our sense of the need to put such differences aside in the interest of assuring that our children may live in a world without war. This is a crucial issue because these differences have hampered the effort to create a unified international front against fascism and war that is the aim of Soldiers For Peace International. The philosophy of explanation is Peterson's attempt to address age-old questions about whether something that we might call God exists and what that might be if one adopts the Objectivist philosophy championed by Ayn Rand. Neither an atheist nor a Deist, Peterson takes the position that if one defines God by objective criteria, its existence must be provable by direct observation and experience. This novel way of looking at the question certainly generated some interesting conversation. SFPI Radio is the international talk show designed to allow those struggling for social justice around the world to talk to each other about how we can support efforts to promote justice, democracy and peace in every nation.
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