Monthly Archives: August 2012

Freedom of speech

We often hear people say that we should have freedom of speech, but people should not have the freedom to cause physical harm to others. People think that there is a qualitative difference between maliciously uttering a racial slur, and … Continue reading

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Is gratuitous evil a coherent concept?

God is a maximally great being A maximally great being has the properties of being omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent. The properties of (2) are incompatible with gratuitous evil. There exists at least one logically possible world fitting the description of ‘has … Continue reading

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Liturgy and the Gospels

Many scholars in the Jesus Seminar, such as Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong, and the excommunicated Catholic priest John Dominic Crossan, have indicated that they read the Gospels in such a way that literalism is avoided, and this opens to … Continue reading

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How some form of extreme modal realism might (not) ground molinist-type counterfactuals

Perhaps the idea of Molinist type counterfactuals could be aided by the ‘extreme modal realism’ theodicy which I have previously rhetorically appealed to. I am not attracted to extreme modal realism or anything like it, but let us suppose for … Continue reading

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Meta-Modal argument from epistemic prudence

Ok, so the title is a little awkward, but so is the thought. This comes from my reflection on the Meta-Modal Ontological argument for the existence of God. If God is omnipotent then he can do all things which are … Continue reading

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Ketoret and Oral Tradition

The Ketoret offering was a particular kind of incense which the Old Testament Liturgy required the Jewish people to offer to God. One can find it referred to in scripture in Exodus 25:1-6, Exodus 35:4-29, and Exodus 30:34-38, 37:39. The … Continue reading

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Being labeled an Atheist

I usually don’t write personal things on my blog, but I have to say that I have been tickled pink by the fact that out there in the wide world of the internet blogosphere I have been, more than once, … Continue reading

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