Monthly Archives: April 2013

Set-Theoretic Redundancy Eliminated

“A possible world is a maximal conjunction of compossible abstract propositions (a BCF in our abbreviational terminology), with repetitions and other logical redundancies eliminated so as to avoid to set-theoretic paradoxes. Each world is individuated by its Big Conjunctive Contingent Fact (BCCF), which … Continue reading

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Some Simple Syllogistic Arguments for Original Sin

The doctrine of Original Sin stipulates that 1) Man has an irrational tendency to sin, (i.e., to do that which is contrary to the good) so that man sins even when knowing it is wrong, knowing it is not the … Continue reading

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Short Index of Messianic Prophesies

The following is a short index of prophetic passages in the Bible, organized according to a certain logic which I didn’t bother to write out explicitly. It isn’t meant to be exhaustive, of course. I am also excluding prophesies in … Continue reading

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The commandment to know that God exists: The First מצוה

Of the 613 commandments which Maimonides listed in order of their appearance in the Torah, the very first commandment he listed is this: To know that there is a God (Exodus 20:2). It is interesting that the very first מצוה is to come … Continue reading

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The Decalogue; Jesus, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham

The ten commandments were revealed by Moses coming down from the mountain, and presented to Israel on two tablets – why two tablets? When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded by giving a twofold answer; “You … Continue reading

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Inerrant in Form

The Bible is inerrant (as per statements constantly and consistently issued by the Ordinary Magisterium) If the Bible is Inerrant, then that quality extends either to all the content in form, or all the content in matter and form. The … Continue reading

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Temporal Corpuscularianism?

Suppose that we wanted to maintain that there are Chronons (an A-theorist might want to maintain as much). Now, suppose that we adopt a view according to which Chronons are all differently sized in just the same way that ancient … Continue reading

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If A-Theory is true, and there are no Chronons, then no two things are ‘at the same time’

The Present either has no duration, or it has duration. The Present has duration if and only if Chronons exist. Chronons do not exist. The Present has no duration. If the Present has no duration, then no two things can … Continue reading

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A quick thought on Faith as a Virtue.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard gave us that horrible phrase, a “leap of faith.” St. Augustine, however, had been much the wiser when he had identified faith as a virtue, and defined virtue as: “A natural disposition consistent with nature and reason.” That would make … Continue reading

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Ultimate Explanation: God or God’s attributes

Brian Leftow writes: “Let us put this belief about God’s existence a bit more formally: it is part of the ordinary theist’s concept of God that no regress of true explanations can go past God’s existence, i.e. that when one has traced … Continue reading

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