Murphy, "Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning," 68. Note that without careful attention to
Murphys modification, the notion of prediction might seem to undercut
superficially the applicability of Lakatos to theology. See for example Polkinghorne, The faith
of a physicist, 49. and Niels Henrik Gregersen, "A Contextual-Coherence
Theory for the Theology-Science Dialogue," in Retinking Theology
and Science: Six Models for the Current Dialogue, ed. Niels Henrik and J.
Wentzel van Huyssteen Gregersen (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing
Company, 1998), 205-12, esp. 208-09. For a substantive critique of the claim that discernment can
yield novel facts see Drees, Religion, Science and Naturalism, 143-44.
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