Category Archives: Philosophy of Religion

Hearts for Heaven

There are typically four ways a theologian may speak of “God’s revelation.” The first two pertain to some kind of special revelation: (a) A revelation or manifestation of God through the person Jesus Christ or (b) God’s revelation through written … Continue reading

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Pascal’s Wager and William James’ “The Will to Believe”: A Comparative Account Against Skepticism

Before we proceed to the meat of such a subject let us start in an understanding of faith and reason. For one, a distinction to be made in the two senses of “evidentialism” (Evans 1998). On the hand, you have … Continue reading

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God and Natural Disasters

Let us consider an instance of antithesis. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) once wrote a book-length treatise entitled Theodicy (1709) which contains his treatment of the problem of evil. The gist of Leibniz’ argument is as follows: God in his infinite … Continue reading

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John H. Whittaker’s Paper, “Kierkegaard on Names, Concepts and Proofs for God’s Existence”

John H. Whittaker The University of Virginia International Journal for Philosophy of Religion This is a very good paper for insight into Kierkegaard’s view on natural theology in chapter 3 of Philosophical Fragments. Whittaker takes notice of Kierkegaard’s “logic of … Continue reading

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3 Considerations for the Ontological Argument

For those of us familiar with the ontological argument, we may also be familiar with Immanuel Kant’s “textbook critique” of the Anselmsian proof. To be clear, Kant’s criticism is two-fold: (1) A concept cannot be formed to guarantee its own instantiation … Continue reading

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A Fancy-Pants Thomistic Metaphysical Argument for God’s Existence

We can first state the argument as follows: Changing beings exist. All changing beings are composed of act and potency. No potency can actualize itself. Only Pure Act can actualize being. So, all finite beings are actualized by Pure Act … Continue reading

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What is God?

There is a story regarding philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) in his youth asking his teacher a simple question, “What is God?” The teacher was stumped and didn’t know how to answer Aquinas. So, how about you then? What … Continue reading

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