Feser’s Case for God – Part 2: Chunking Up the Aristotelian Argument

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARISTOTELIAN ARGUMENT In Chapter 1 of Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG),  Edward Feser presents his Aristotelian argument for the existence of God.  This is the most important argument in the book, because the other four arguments presented by Feser in later chapters all have a significant dependency on this first argument. Specifically, the other four arguments rely on the assumption that a purely actual being must have various divine attributes (e.g. omnipotence,… Read more

Feser’s Case for God – Part 1: What Feser Gets Right

In his book Five Proofs of the Existence of God (hereafter: FPEG),  Edward Feser lays out what he takes to be the five best arguments for the claim that “God exists”.  Based on a quick glance through this book, it seems to me that Feser does a much more reasonable job of making a case for God than either Norman Geisler (in When Skeptics Ask) or Peter Kreeft (in Handbook of Christian Apologetics).  In my view, based on careful reading… Read more

How to “Deal” with Skepticism

Through most of the history of Western philosophy, skepticism has been the specter haunting epistemology. I am teaching an introductory course in epistemology, and every introductory textbook has a chapter, usually near the beginning of the book, on how to “deal” with skepticism. The assumption seems to be that skepticism is not so much a specter as a bothersome insect that has to be swatted before you can get down to the proper business of epistemology, like specifying conditions of… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 8: Are Believers in God DELUSIONAL?

WHERE WE ARE AT I am in the process of evaluating Argument #19 (the Argument from Common Consent) from Peter Kreeft’s case for the existence of God (in Chapter 3 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics, hereafter: HCA): 1. Almost all people of every era have believed in God. A.  Either God DOES exist or God does NOT exist. THEREFORE: 2. EITHER almost all people of every era have believed in God and God DOES exist, OR almost all people of every era have believed in God but God… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 7: The Natural Capacity Argument

WHERE WE ARE AT I have been analyzing and evaluating Peter Kreeft’s Argument #19 (the Argument from Common Consent): 1. Almost all people of every era have believed in God. A.  Either God DOES exist or God does NOT exist. THEREFORE: 2. EITHER almost all people of every era have believed in God and God DOES exist, OR almost all people of every era have believed in God but God does NOT exist. 3.  It is FAR MORE LIKELY that almost all people of every… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 6: More on Premise (1)

  WHERE WE ARE AT I am in the process of evaluating Argument #19 (The Argument from Common Consent) from Peter Kreeft’s case for the existence of God (in Chapter 3 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics, hereafter: HCA). One key premise of Argument #19, is this: 1. Belief in God…is common to almost all people of every era. In Part 5, I argued that Argument #19  is UNSOUND, because premise (1) of that argument is FALSE. In this post, I was planning… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 5: The Argument from Common Consent

WHERE WE ARE AS OF PART 4 In Part 1 and Part 2 I argued that eight out of ten (80%) of the last ten arguments in Peter Kreeft’s collection of twenty arguments (from Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Chapter 3) are AWFUL arguments that are not worthy of serious consideration, that we should thus toss them aside, and ignore those eight arguments. In Part 3, I analyzed the logical structure of Argument #12 (The Argument from the Origin of the… Read more

Roy Moore and the Tide of Irrationality

As you may have noticed, it looks like the next U.S. Senator from Alabama, taking the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, will be former judge Roy Moore. Moore won the Republican primary, defeating the appointed incumbent, Luther Strange. Strange, an obsequiously loyal Trump supporter, was apparently not conservative enough for Alabama voters. Moore was twice elected as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and twice removed from office because of his disrespect for the law. On the first occasion,… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 4: Evaluation of Argument #12

WHERE WE ARE AT WITH EXAMINATION OF ARGUMENT #12 In Part 3 of this series I analyzed the logical structure of Argument #12 in Peter Kreeft’s case for the existence of God from Chapter 3 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA). My initial criticism of this argument is that much of it is devoted to support for premise (14), but premise (14) is irrelevant to the argument; it plays no role in the deductive reasoning that is the… Read more

Kreeft’s Case for God – Part 3: The Origin of the Idea of God

MY DIVIDE-AND-CONQUER STRATEGY I have argued that Peter Kreeft puts forward what he takes to be his strongest and best arguments for the existence of God in the first half of his list of twenty arguments (Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft  and Ronald Tacelli, Chapter 3), and then puts forward his weakest and most flawed arguments in the second half (the last ten arguments in his list).   Furthermore, in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I… Read more

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