Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

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St. Thomas Aquinas and the Inadequacy of Intelligent Design

My friends Edward Feser and Jay Wesley Richards, both fellow Catholics, are engaged in an online dispute about whether contemporary Intelligent Design theory (ID) runs counter to classical Thomistic understandings of nature and final causality. On this matter, I am with Ed. For I believe that ID, as defended by Michael Behe and William A. Dembski, is a view that in the long run serves to undermine rather than advance the cause of Christian theism. Of course, I see why some of my fellow … [Read more...]

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The Doctor Meets the Bioethicist

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Alvin Plantinga: What is a Properly Basic Belief?

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Intelligent Design, Thomas Aquinas, and the Ubiquity of Final Causes: Why I Reject ID

Last year, on May 22, 2010, the BioLogos Foundation published a paper of mine on its website, “Intelligent Design, Thomas Aquinas, and the Ubiquity of Final Causes.” It is excerpted and adapted from my article, “How to Be An Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy 4.1 (2010): 35-65.This BioLogos paper should be read in conjunction with the four blog posts I published in 2010 on "Science & the Sacred," the BioLogos Blog:Intelligent Desi … [Read more...]

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Come, Let Us Reason

That is the title of my latest entry on The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The God of Christian theism is the Source of Reason. St. John calls the Second Person of the Trinity, the Logos, a Greek term from which we get the word “logic.” Within the greatest commandment is the instruction to “love the Lord your God with all your. . .mind” (Matt 22:37-JB). St. Peter commands believers to “always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. But give it w … [Read more...]

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My letter to UNLV President Neal Smatresk in support of the UNLV philosophy department

As many of you may know, the state of Nevada is feeling the brunt of the current economic downturn. For this reason, the state's institutions of higher education are being forced to make deep budget cuts. Among the cuts proposed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)  is the elimination of its philosophy department. Below is the letter I sent last night to UNLV President Neal Smatresk. I cc'd it to the chancellor of the university system (Daniel Klatch) as well as each of the members of th … [Read more...]

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Chris Castaldo on Purgatory and Rob Bell’s Love Wins

Evangelical Pastor and former Catholic, Chris Castaldo, nicely corrects those who have opined that Rob Bell's recent musings on hell are not unlike the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. You can read Pastor Castaldo's comments here. … [Read more...]

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Today would have been my father-in-law’s 91st birthday

Joseph A. Dickerson, Jr. died in May 2006 at the age of 86. Today would have been his 91st birthday. My wife, Frankie, still misses him, as she misses her mother, Peggy, who passed away in January 2010. At 5:30 pm today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waco, Mass will be said for the repose of Joe's soul. What follows is the eulogy I delivered at his memorial service: … [Read more...]

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I just made Satan’s blog

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