July 23, 2020

I’m having fun with critical examination of Norman Geisler’s Thomist cosmological argument in When Skeptics Ask.  There is also a more detailed and in-depth presentation of this argument in Chapter 9 of Geisler’s much older book The Philosophy of Religion (1974). I previously thought that the first premise of his Thomist cosmological argument was obviously true, but now I’m not so sure.  I now think there are problems of UNCLARITY in the key terms “finite thing” and “changing thing.” Below… Read more

July 22, 2020

I plan to analyze and evaluate Ed Feser’s Aristotelian proof of the existence of God (in Five Proofs of the Existence of God).  But first I want to analyze and evaluate Aquinas’s Unmoved Mover proof.  And before I do that,  I wanted to warm up by doing an analysis and evaluation of Peter Kreeft’s Unmoved-Mover proof, which I did in the first post of this series. I could get started on Aquinas’ First Way (Unmoved Mover Proof) right now, but I… Read more

July 20, 2020

FESER’S ARISTOTELIAN PROOF & AQUINAS’S UNMOVED-MOVER PROOF I plan to analyze and evaluate Ed Feser’s Aristotelian “proof” of the existence of God, from his book Five Proofs of the Existence of God.  According to Feser, the proofs that he presents in that book are “the most powerful arguments for God’s existence on offer”. But before I take on Feser’s Aristotelian proof,  I want to warm up a bit, by taking a look at the version of that argument presented by… Read more

July 18, 2020

Announcement: I’ve resurrected my political blog and re-branded it as “Data-Driven Politics.” It has a new URL: https://dataoverdogma.wordpress.com/ Please give it a look! My most recent entry is a blog post analyzing the effectiveness of mask wearing at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

July 6, 2020

In this INDEX post you will find links to each of the 14 posts in my series of posts on this question: Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? I have also provided some quotes from the posts to give an idea of what each post is about. Was Joshua’s Slaughter of Thousands of Men, Women, Children, and Babies Morally Justified? – Part 1 In this series of posts I will argue for the view that the MERCILESS SLAUGHTER… Read more

July 6, 2020

NOTE: This is a portion of a paper I read at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association last February. It is a revision of an earlier SO post “Contempt: A Qualified Defense.” In January 2017, I was pleasantly surprised to see an op/ed by a professional philosopher in The Houston Chronicle. Karen Stohr’s timely and insightful essay “Our new age of contempt is on full display,” was first published in the New York Times. Professional philosophers, like other academics, tend… Read more

July 5, 2020

WHERE WE ARE The final question at issue that I discussed in the previous post is this: Does the OT clearly claim that all of the peoples who inhabited the numerous towns and villages in the Promised Land prior to the alleged Conquest of Canaan, regularly practiced child sacrifice? I examined the Old Testament passages that were potentially relevant to the above question: Deuteronomy 12:29-31  Deuteronomy 18:9-10  2 Kings 16:2-4  2 Kings 17:7-8 & 16-17  2 Kings 21:1-6  2 Chronicles… Read more

July 4, 2020

I was so inspired by the photo of Donald Trump holding the Bible that, further inspired by a Stephen Colbert skit, I have decided to post selections from the King Don version of the Bible. So, here is the word of God, er, Don, er…. The Creation Story:           In the beginning it was fabulous. What God did was incredible. See, it was dark. Really dark. So dark you couldn’t believe it. And God said “Somebody turn on the lights!”… Read more

June 30, 2020

This is the continuation of the imaginary dialogue between Augustine and Hypatia begun in the last post. Moderator: I fear that the discussion once again is descending into mutual recrimination. To get us back on track, let me get back to a point that was raised earlier. It seems to me that one real strength of orthodox Christianity is the doctrine of the incarnation, which unites spirit and flesh. Orthodoxy banished the extreme dualism of Gnosticism and Manichaeism, an unattractive… Read more

June 30, 2020

For the edification of my students, and for fun, I have written some dialogues that resurrected figures from the past and allowed them to debate. I set these debates as part of programs on “The Afterlife Broadcasting Company.” I assume that the participants have become aware of intellectual developments since their day. Here I have tried to be as true to Augustine’s views as I could. We know quite a bit about Augustine but much less about Hypatia. Therefore, I… Read more

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