Sic ‘em (politely and constructively)!

Tony Jones blogs for Patheos at Theoblogy and he's put out an open call for tough questions for Christians. Quoth he: I’m not afraid of doubt. I, myself, am a doubter. But I consider a large part of my vocation as a Christian theologian to proffer intellectually honest answers to the big questions of faith.So this series is for everyone who doubts. It’s for your friends who are agnostic and atheistic. It’s a place for them to email me a question, and get an honest answer — even if the answer … [Read more...]

A Mormon Perspective on Interrogating Emotions

It's a guest post by Michael Haycock!  He blogs aperiodically at Not a Tame Lion, and helped clear up factual questions about Romney's priesthood along with more abstract questions about Mormon theology of priesthood the last time he guestblogged here.  Now he's popping in to talk about conversions than win over hearts as well as minds in the light of a recent On the Square piece.It is a typical indictment of Mormon proselytization and practice that it’s all predicated on untrustworthy or … [Read more...]

Getting Tested on a Quasi-Catechism

 I'm skipping around in JT's questions, so, today, let's take a look at #2: What parts of Catholicism do you now accept? Which do you reject?Specifically...Did Jesus rise from the dead? Do you believe in heaven and hell? If so... What are the criteria for entry into heaven? Into hell? Were you to find out today that disobeying the ten commandments meant entry to heaven and abiding by them landed you in hell, would your behavior change? If so, how?Any others you feel … [Read more...]

Let Augustine Move Up a Weight Class

augustine restless heart

I got to see Restless Heart, the new Augustine biopic last night.  It's not yet in theatres, but community groups can do special showings, and I was lucky enough to snag tickets to the one sponsored by St Anthony of Padua Church here in DC.  (You can put in a request to host a showing or see the list of upcoming events here).  Here's the trailer:The trailer is super dramatic, but large parts of the movie are just people in period clothes standing around talking to each other... which is j … [Read more...]

What do natural lawyers chase instead of ambulances?

Look what I found by googling "Newton vs Leibniz"! (totally becomes relevant farther down the post)

Buried in the (correct) thread for discussing meta-questions about that gargantuan thread on natural law, Joshua Zelinsky of Religion, Sets, and Politics raised a meta-question about whether he should find natural law plausible enough to raise to the level where he cares about investigating the hypothesis.  He wrote: The following is not a critique of natural law but rather a meta-level heuristic concern about it. It seems pretty clear that once one buys into a general Catholic (or a high … [Read more...]

Here there be Dragons [Reply to JT]

Dragon-Map

 So, JT asked: 3. You undoubtedly have a logical proof of some sort for a moral lawgiver. What is it? No, I definitely don't have a modus tollens, modus ponens style justification for my new position. I didn't have one for my old position, and I doubt JT's got one for his metaphysics.  As the name suggests, metaphysics are hard to test.So I end up approaching the problem from both sides.  I look for things I'm really confident in or that I'm willing to presuppose (e.g. other minds … [Read more...]

An Apology to JT Eberhard

It has been quite a while since the deadline I set for answering JT Eberhard's questions after my conversion. One of the reasons for the delay is that I turn out to be terrible at spacing commitments or estimating how much free time I had. (Getting overwhelmed after my announcement and telling everybody "Contact me again in two weeks" was a bad idea).But the other, content related problem is that, based on these questions, JT and I (and atheist!me of say, six months ago) have a lot of … [Read more...]


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