1. Reductio Against Literalism in Scriptural Ethics?


    I’m heartened enough by Jonathan Brack’s response to my Philosophy for Theologians review to put out this rather lengthy open question to them or any readers who might fall into a comparable category:

    I find it’s easy to be cordial about metaphysical differences and have a live-and-let-live approach (or even something more productive/interactive) to matters of faith in this respect.…Read more »

  2. The Personal Philosophy of (i.e. for) the Dude Who Posts Incoherent yet Hateful Comments on Obama’s Facebook Posts


    I guess I’ve gotten bored of most of the various 99 cent offerings on my iPhone, because my main waiting-in-line activity there of late has been opening the Obama postings in my Facebook app news stream and reading the crazy ass comments people see fit to address ostensibly directly to the leader of the free world (though of course no one thinks that O.…Read more »

  3. An Agnostic Ponders Swinburne’s Simplicity Argument


    Mark Vernon, writer and former priest, had a piece on his website a while back addressing Swinburne’s argument for the existence of God. Swinburne’s argument is a a variation on the traditional God as the “uncaused cause” argument, with a twist in appealing to the “simplest explanation is the best explanation” rule.

    “The theism hypothesis is that God wills to create something that is good. We are it – inasmuch as we can choose what is good, that is act morally. Alongside the moral universe, the inanimate universe governed by laws of nature is the evidence, as well as being the environment necessary for the existence of creatures with the capacity to do good. And the thesis is simple, though it explains something that is very complicated. It involves postulating one ‘thing’ (God) with two infinite properties (omnipotence and omniscience) and one absence of a property (not subject to the irrational).”

  4. Episode 43: Arguments for the Existence of God


    Discussing the arguments by Descartes, St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, William Paley, Kant, and others, as analyzed in J.L. Mackie’s The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God (1983), chapters 1-3, 5-6, 8, and 11.