Saturday, December 31, 2022
On the death of Pope Benedict XVI
God’s Word: Scripture – Tradition – Office.)
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Friday, December 23, 2022
Why did the Incarnation occur precisely when it did?
Question 1 of the Third Part of the Summa Theologiae.
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Saturday, December 17, 2022
When do popes teach infallibly?
Elsewhere, I’ve discussed the criteria for determining whether some such doctrine has been taught infallibly.) Even when papal teaching on faith and morals is not presented in a definitive and absolutely binding way, assent is normally required of Catholics. (The rare exceptions are something I’ve also addressed elsewhere.)
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Thursday, December 8, 2022
Is God’s existence a “hypothesis”?
objecting to the phrase “the God hypothesis.” The context was a discussion of Stephen Meyer’s book Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. My view is that to present theism as a “hypothesis” that might be confirmed by scientific findings is at best irrelevant to actually establishing God’s existence and at worst harmful insofar as it insinuates serious misunderstandings of the nature of God and his relationship to the world. Since Twitter is not a medium conducive to detailed and nuanced exposition, here is a post explaining at greater length what I mean.
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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Davies on classical theism and divine freedom
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion as the best introduction to that field on the market. A fourth edition appeared not too long ago, and I’ve been meaning to post something about it. Like earlier editions, it is very clearly written and accessible, without in any way compromising philosophical depth. Its greatest strength, though, is the attention it gives the classical theist tradition in general and Thomism in particular, while still covering all the ground the typical analytic philosophy of religion text would (and, indeed, bringing the classical tradition into conversation with this contemporary work). The fourth edition adds some new material along these lines.
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