The Meaning of Tragedy

The quote comes from Rev. Stan Duncan’s article in the Huffington Post, “What God’s Role in Tragedy Really Is.” [Read more...]

The Dark Knight of Faith

From Existential Comics (who will explain the joke to you, if you don’t get it). [Read more...]

God as Levitating Turtle

A bit of interaction on the blog between two commenters produced a helpful analogy to explain why some thinkers find the concept of God a useful one, and preferable to alternatives. One commenter mentioned the famous image of infinite regress: “it’s turtles all the way down.” Another suggested that, when positing a single God as [Read More...]

Why Do Unsexy Things Happen to Sexy People?

SMBC has tackled the problem of evil. What do you make of its response? I have this discussion (about the problem of evil – not about fetishes) in my First Year Seminar class regularly. Does anyone actually want to live in a universe in which you get a cookie every time you do something good, and as a [Read More...]

Anecdotal Evidence

Via The Skeptic’s Guide to the Internet on Facebook.   [Read more...]

The Ultimate Call for Abstracts: The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy

There’s a call for abstracts for chapters for a multi-author volume, which I know I’m interested in offering a proposal for, if I think I can find the time to write it by the deadline. It is for The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. The “X and Philosophy” books are delightful. I love the subtitles many [Read More...]

When Abraham Met Socrates

In my first year seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” students read part of Genesis and the Euthyphro dialogue before being asked in an assignment to retell the Abraham story, putting themselves in Abraham’s shoes and wrestling with the question of what makes actions morals. This semester, I had a student start the dialogue this way: Socrates: [Read More...]

I’m Just Sayin’

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Foolproof Theodicy?

Jonathan Bernier wrote this in a comment here on this blog, and I thought it deserved wider circulation. It seems to me that a foolproof theodicy would have to be one in which the innocent never suffer. Therefore it would have to argue that those who suffer are not innocent. Such a theodicy should be [Read More...]

I. Kant Even…

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How Could God Let This Happen?

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. You can insert many other remakes and make the same point. Although the fact that some of us have the luxury of asking why a benevolent God would allow bad movies, rather than why we have not had any food for a week, itself raises the problem of evil. Be [Read More...]


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