Transworld Irony (new term)

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Transworld Irony (or TWI): It is possible that in every possible world there exists at a college named after John Calvin a philosophy professor who offers a free will defense for the problem of evil.  … [Read more...]

Marilynne Robinson: What Literature Owes the Bible

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This wonderful piece was published last week in the New York Times. Authored by the writer and novelist Marilynne Robinson, it begins this way: The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know.Literatures are self-referential by nature, and even when references to Scripture in contemporary fiction and poetry are no more than ornamental or rhetorical — indeed, even when they are u … [Read more...]

The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

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That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like Bertrand Russ … [Read more...]

Some reference work contributions now accessible online

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For those who may be interested, the following is a list of reference work contributions of mine that are now accessible online.  Just click the name and you will arrive at the entry.“Agnosticism.” (co-authored with  Maurice Redmond Holloway SJ). The New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2009. 2 volumes. Robert L. Fastiggi, Editor in Chief. Detroit: Gale, 2009. volume 1, 5-10. (an update and revision of the original entry authored by M. R. Holloway, SJ) “Alliance Defense Fund.” The Praege … [Read more...]

Dear President Obama….

A new video at CatholicVote.org:For more on religious liberty and conscience, read the outstanding work of George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare.  … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich, Redemption, and the Presidency

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's are some excerpts: In 2009, Gingrich was received into the Catholic Church, the faith of his third wife, Callista Bisek. Because Catholic conversion requires the sacrament of confession, Gingrich has been absolved of his sins. This, of course, suggests to many, including me, that one cannot evaluate Gingrich’s candidacy and character without taking his conversion seriously. It is a mistake for Christians to emulate the world … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins carrier of bu!!sh-t meme

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(HT: Ed Feser)This is just hilarious. Apparently, the great atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, who recently made quite a public fuss in his refusal to ever debate philosopher William Lane Craig, now claims that he in fact has debated Craig, and according to Dawkins, Craig was deeply unimpressive when they sparred. That's a pretty amazing feat: Dawkins is claiming that while he would never be caught dead debating Bill Craig he has in fact defeated him in debate at least once. I'm not sure … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Catholic Church

Today, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Sometimes my Evangelical Protestant friends, knowing that I am a Thomist, will point out that St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe in the Immaculate Conception, suggesting that the Church should have stuck with St. Thomas and not declared the Immaculate Conception a dogma. For example, my friend Norm Geisler writes: "Many of the Catholic beliefs that concern Protestants most were not declared dogma until long after Aquinas. For example, … [Read more...]

2011 Synthese article may be downloaded for free through December 31, 2011

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I just found out this afternoon that my 2011 Synthese article, "Or We Can Be Philosophers: A Response to Barbara Forrest," may be downloaded for free until December 31, 2011. Many people, because they did not have a subscription or an academic appointment at an institution that does have a subscription, were not able to download the article without paying a hefty fee.  For those folks still interested in reading the piece, they can do so free of charge until the last day of the year.For … [Read more...]


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