I’ve Joined the Faculty of the Envoy Institute’s Catholic Apologetics Academy

I am pleased to announce that yesterday I accepted an invitation to be on the faculty of the Catholic Apologetics Academy of the Envoy Institute. Included among my colleagues are Patrick Madrid (Envoy's president) and philosophers Edward Feser and Peter Kreeft. You can read more about CAA here. I anticipate that my lectures will focus on what I've been doing for most of my career as both a Protestant and a Catholic: discussing philosophical, social, and cultural issues in which once … [Read more...]

Paul Copan on the Mike Licona-Norm Geisler Controversy

For background, go to the Christianity Today article on the matter here. For Mike Licona's 2011 ETS paper in which he addresses this controversy, go here. (An mp3 of his November 17, 2011 presentation of his paper can be found here.)  Best blog post on the controversy can be found here. … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Crean’s Argument for God’s Existence from Necessary Truths

In his book, God is No Delusion: A Refutation of Richard Dawkins (Ignatius Press, 2007), Thomas Crean, O. P., offers several arguments for God's existence, the most intriguing of which is the following. Fr. Crean begins with the question, “What is ultimate, mind or matter?” First, he asks us to consider necessary truths. What are those? He writes: “Something that is not dependent on chance or human choice, but which has to be the case,” such as “the proposition that the … [Read more...]

John O’Callaghan on the Harris-Craig Debate

(HT: Thomas Hibbs and Ronny Fritz). My friend, John O'Callaghan, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, offers in the Notre Dame Magazine a thoughtful analysis of the question posed to the participants in the Craig-Harris debate: "Is Good From God?" Writes O'Callaghan: On April 7, a sold-out audience in Notre Dame’s Leighton Concert Hall watched this year’s edition of “The God Debate.”Before a packed house, “New Atheist” Sam Harris and philosopher of … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig v. Sam Harris – Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?

Here's a video of the entire debate that took place on April 7, 2011 at the University of Notre Dame … [Read more...]

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...]

Upcoming conference: Reasonable Faith In an Uncertain World (Turlock, California – April 15-16, 2011)

On April 15 and 16 I will be participating in a conference at Monte Vista Chapel, an Evangelical church in Turlock, California. My talk is entitled, “No God, No Good: Why the Moral Law Requires a Moral Lawgiver." The other participants include my friends William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Jay Richards, and Craig Hazen. Here is a list of all the sessions, including the speakers and their talk titles: April 15, 2011: Kick Off with Hazen, Moreland, Beckwith & Koukl (7:00 … [Read more...]

To Everyone An Answer now available on Kindle

The 2004 book I co-edited with William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland, To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press) is now available on Amazon's Kindle. You can find it here. … [Read more...]

Don’t know much about theology

That is the title of my latest essay published on The Catholic Thing. Here is how it begins: A few weeks ago, my wife and I were watching an episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” in which the host, Bill O’Reilly, was interviewing Bill Maher, a comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time.” They were discussing religion, with the focus on Christianity. Neither one seemed to know much about the topic, though Mr. O’Reilly seemed slightly better informed. And this on the Fox News channel, which … [Read more...]

Is Catholicism Rational?: Reflections on the Catholic-Protestant Divide

Suppose someone, like me, a life-long Christian, after considering the arguments for and against Catholicism, decides that the case for Catholicism makes more sense to me than does the case for Protestantism, even though I believe that one can become and/or remain a Protestant without being unreasonable in doing so. I raise this query because there are some--on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide--who think that if you don't see the obvious truth of either position (depending on which … [Read more...]


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