Theology on Tap and Faith vs. Doubt

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"Theology on Tap". It has a nice ring to it. I'm still not sold on the title, "Faith vs. Doubt" as I feel that term encapsulates the sentiments of any believer. All of the faithful, at one point or another, face doubt. With that, "versus" sets the stage for the typical debate, of which Adam and mine are nothing like! I consider "my opponent" as a friend, one that I disagree with on many things, but a friend first and foremost. True, we definitely get down philosophically and challenge each … [Read more...]

Aristotle on the Nature of the First Mover


It's unsurprising that Aquinas drew from Aristotle to synthesize natural theology with Christianity (Aquinas frequently labeled Aristotle "The Philosopher"). Looking at Aquinas' Five Ways, you see signs of Aristotle through and through. Many are familiar with Aristotle's First Mover Argument from his classic Metaphysics, but looking a little deeper reveals not only the foundation of the Five Ways, but poetic insight as to the nature of this First Mover: "That a final cause may exist among … [Read more...]

Whitman on Contributing a Verse


One of my favorites from Whitman, I remember coming across it vividly by way of Robin Williams in the film Dead Poets Society. I continue to come across this poem, more and and more moved each time I read/hear it, a renewal and prayer that I may, in the example of Christ, "contribute a verse": Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and wh … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends on God and Government (Round 13)


​Adam:Thanks for your reply.I'm looking forward to our double-header in Indianapolis! I'll apologize in advance for the length of my reply, but I wanted to make sure I adequately replied to your questions, as well as pose some of my own.On morality, I'll just briefly clarify in response to your questions. On revelation, I don't think either of us needed the story of Moses to discern moral truth. Surely, one can be "good without God". My moral realism, in the tradition of Aquinas and A … [Read more...]

Book Review: God and Philosophy

God and philsophy book

A masterpiece and must-read for those with an interest in the philosophical concept of God through the Ages. Etienne Gilson shines in this timeless classic and highlights his contribution as a historian of philosophy and prominence among the Thomistic elite. The intellectual depth and clarity embedded in this slim text of 144 pages is profound. It’s divided into four sections: God and Greek Philosophy, God and Christian Philosophy, God and Modern Philosophy, God and Contemporary Thought.The G … [Read more...]

A Christian. An Atheist. Two Friends on God and Government (Round 12)


Adam:Thanks for your reply.I think you put forward some great points for discussion. To answer your question, in the Aristotelian-Thomistic view, God is not a moral epiphenomenon. Actually, epiphenomenalism would be the furthest thing from Thomistic realism which demands mind-independent ontology and reasoning towards universals from particulars (a posteriori). Morality, or goodness, is not an impotent mental state but a very real property that is apparent through being. God is Being and … [Read more...]