The Empty Tomb: Reply to Josh and Sean McDowell

A friend informed me that Josh and Sean McDowell, in the new (revised?) edition of More Than a Carpenter (MTAC) on page 134, have offered a critique of the relocation hypothesis, which I defended in The Empty Tomb (TET). I have reviewed what they wrote. Here is a rough sketch of how I would respond.First, I could not help but notice similarities between the wording of their comments and the wording of Stephen Davis's review in Philosophia Christi. The similarities make me wonder if the McDowells … [Read more...]

Guy Kahane: Value and Philosophical Possibility

Abstract: Much seems to be at stake in metaphysical questions about God, free will or morality. One thing that could be at stake is the value of the universe we inhabit—how good or bad it is. We can think of competing philosophical positions as describing possibilities, ways the world might turn out to be, and to which value can be assigned. When, for example, people hope that God exists, or fear that we do not possess free will, they express attitudes towards these possibilities, attitudes that … [Read more...]

Matt McCormick’s NPR Interview

A great interview from NPR. … [Read more...]

Keith Burgess-Jackson: Alvin Plantinga on the New Atheists

As an atheist philosopher, Keith Burgess-Jackson is not impressed by Richard Dawkins's use of contempt to attempt to win "converts" from theism to atheism.LINK … [Read more...]

J. Brian Pitts: Why the Big Bang Singularity Does Not Help the Kalam Cosmological Argument for Theism

Abstract: The cosmic singularity provides negligible evidence for creation in the finite past, and hence theism. A physical theory might have no metric or multiple metrics, so a ‘beginning’ must involve a first moment, not just finite age. Whether one dismisses singularities or takes them seriously, physics licenses no first moment. The analogy between the Big Bang and stellar gravitational collapse indicates that a Creator is re … [Read more...]

Paul Draper’s Chapter, “Christian Theism and Life on Earth”

Keywords:Christian theism and life on earth; arguments against Christian theism, CT and IN; comparing Christian theism (“CT”) to “indifference naturalism”; IN, a form of naturalism and CT, supernaturalism; evolution, on special creationism as false; implication of God's “rationality,” creating a universe; theistic objections to special creationism; methodological naturalism, in the physical sciences; IN and CT, and accuracy, to the condition of life on earth; evolution, theists the belief, of God … [Read more...]

Interesting Reference to The Empty Tomb

Since the resurrection is the central event of Christian history, Plantinga at the very least should make the effort to weigh the evidence for and against this event. Swinburne believes the evidence is quite high that the biblical accounts of the resurrection are literally true; others who have investigated the matter sharply disagree.[35]-----------------------[35] See, for instance, Robert M. Price and Jeffrey J. Lowder eds., The Empty Tomb:Jesus Beyond the Grave (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, … [Read more...]

Paul Draper’s Essay, “Darwin’s Argument from Evil”

The entire chapter is available for free courtesy of Google Books. You may need to be logged into a Google account in order to view this.LINK … [Read more...]