Can We Play Not-Nicely Better, Please?

And speaking of sparing feelings without pulling punches, there's been a donnybrook going between Tom McDonald (Catholic) and Hemant Mehta (atheist) and JT Eberhard waded in yesterday.  I'm not planning to tag in exactly, but I would like to suggest that they have a slightly different fight.Both Tom's original post mocking atheism and Hemant and JT's rejoinder seemed pitched particularly to their own sides, so, even though the posts got pretty heated, it has kind of the effect of a flurry of … [Read more...]

God and the Moral Law in Mormonism

After I wrote a review of The God Who Weeps, a book about Mormonism, I told Mormon readers to feel welcome to guest post to answer some of my questions or to add some clarifications.  (Oh, and meanwhile, Joanne McPortland has also written a review talking about the similarities between Mormonism and Gnosticism).   Over here chez moi, Carl Cranney has stepped up to the challenge. Here's how he introduces himself:Carl Cranney is a Mormon, yet is a PhD student in systematic theology at the C … [Read more...]

Hey, Hallquist, want to give me a one-sentence long early Christmas present?

Yesterday, I wrote a little response to Chris Hallquist's open call for comments on his book draft.  Turns out I had misunderstood how big a claim Chris was making, which he helpfully clarified in a comment, and I'm sure the finished work will help prevent people from making my mistake.  I only had two other issues worth commenting on with the chapter, one that's picayune, and one that's probably beyond the scope of what Hallquist is trying to do in this chapter.  First things first:Chris men … [Read more...]

I see your trilemma, and raise you a tetralemma!

Over at Cross Examined, Bob Seidensticker has an objection to C.S. Lewis's Trilemma, and John E_o raised the same question over here.  Bob says, why stay stuck in Lewis's framework that Jesus Christ must be either a lunatic, a liar, or the Lord of all Creation?  Can't we just pick 'legend?' We have no problem with wisdom taken from the Koran or the story of Gilgamesh or the Upanishads or any other book of religion or mythology despite its being wrong about the supernatural stuff. Assuming that t … [Read more...]

For C.S. Lewis, Deo Gratias!

Patheos invited religious bloggers to share stories about people we're thankful for who've supported us in our faith.  Technically, they asked us to do this for Thanksgiving, but as I was late to the faith, it's thematically appropriate that I be late to the prompt as well.I turned out to be embarrassingly easy to snare.When I was coming out of Commons (the big dining hall on campus), Yale Students for Christ were tabling outside, and they'd put up a sign reading FREE BOOKS.  I was ov … [Read more...]

Why Won’t You Argue What I Know You Believe?

Yvain has been reading Feser's The Last Superstition, and he has an excellent gloss of one of Feser's main points: Feser's argument is that most atheists arguing with Christians are pretty much the equivalent of a Calvinist going up to a Hindu saying "Look! John Calvin's writings totally oppose abortion! Why can't you see that?!".And then when the Hindu isn't convinced, the Calvinist gets angry and says "Any reasonable person could see that John Calvin opposes abortion. Therefore, you must … [Read more...]

Catholic Radio Show Seeking Atheist Callers Tonight

Just saw this announcement on Facebook, and I thought some of you might want a heads-up. Tell all your atheists friends they have 2 hours of Catholic Answers Live just for them tonight. Here is a message from host Patrick Coffin:Are you an atheist? How solid is your atheism? Wanna go on live radio to defend your atheist beliefs? Today on Catholic Answers Live, I'm interviewing Catholic apologist Trent Horn in Hour One, and physicist Robert Spitzer, SJ, president of the Magis Institute for … [Read more...]