On “Slippery Slopes”: A Response to Richard Mouw

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That's the title of my latest essay over at The Catholic Thing. It is a response to a First Things blog post by Richard Mouw. Here's how my piece begins: My friend, Richard Mouw, a philosopher and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has raised an important challenge about the use of counterexamples when making one’s case on certain controversial moral and political questions.He shares one of the arguments he employs to explain to his friends why he opposes the legal recognition … [Read more...]

Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here are some excerpts: Within hours of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would resign the papacy, confirmation of the truth of those  theological insights [from his Regensberg address] came rushing through cyberspace in a variety of comments issued by the Holy Father’s most hostile critics. It would be a mistake to say that the irony was lost on these pundits, since the irony was never within their grasp to begin with … [Read more...]

Sandy Hook, Huckabee, and the Inscrutability of Evil

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That's the title of my recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: “How could God let this happen?” That was the question asked of the former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, by Fox News host Neil Cavuto in an interview following the horrific slaughter of innocent school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, replied:"We ask why there’s violence in the schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from … [Read more...]

A Fireside Chat with Alvin Plantinga at Baylor

This took place last April when Alvin Plantinga was visiting Baylor as part of our department's philosophy of religion lecture series. In the video, along with Plantinga, are my colleagues Michael Beaty (department char), C. Stephen Evans, and Trent Dougherty … [Read more...]

Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff On the Conduct of the Christian Philosopher

Very wise words by two giants in Christian philosophy:(HT: Evangelical Philosophical Society blog). The interviewer is the remarkably talented philosopher, Tom Crisp, of Biola University … [Read more...]

Ever Wonder Why Secular Elites Are So Ignorant of Faith and Reason Issues?

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Short answer: they don't think there are any issues.  The longer answer is found in my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Entitled, "Faith, Reason, and Secular Hegemony," here's how it begins: About a year ago I was invited to contribute to a book on the topic of political philosophy and religious beliefs, set to be published next year by a university press. My chapter, tentatively titled, “Fides, Ratio et Juris: How Some Courts and Some Legal Theorists Misrepresent the Rational Status of … [Read more...]

“Potential Persons” in the “After-Birth Abortion” Article

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This is my latest over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: As readers of The Catholic Thing are well aware, the Journal of Medical Ethics, a periodical to which I have contributed, recently published the controversial article, “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”, written by the philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.Throughout the article, the authors refer to fetuses and newborns as “potential persons,” which, I am sure, sounds like an odd neologism for … [Read more...]

HBU starting M.A. in philosophy program

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Houston Baptist University is starting an M.A. program in philosophy.  Given the quality of its faculty, and the recent hiring of philosopher John Mark Reynolds as the new HBU provost, this is an exciting development.  Here's what the HBU website says:Program Description The mission of the Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAPhil) is to develop students who are capable of serving their community and the Church successfully in a variety of vocations, including academic, parachurch, and e … [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...]

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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