Monthly Archives: October 2013

Contradictions, Consistency and Coherence

Everything follows from a contradiction, including, of course, a contradiction. However, consider the following scenario. Bill has 50,000 beliefs, only two of which are contradictory (i.e., he has no more than one belief which can’t be squared away with the … Continue reading

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If Christianity is true then Global Warming is a lie… Really?

Recently at a Ride for Refuge bike-a-thon (where I and others rode our bikes for 25-100 km to raise money for those in need) I met an evangelical, nice guy, who joked about how stupid the idea of global warming was. … Continue reading

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Locke and Old Testament ‘Slavery’

Christians and Jews often point out that the ‘slavery’, if it is right to call it that, which is spoken of in the Bible, is nothing like the slavery which existed in the history of the Americas. There are clearly … Continue reading

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A Humean Escape Route

So here’s a thought. We imagine the Leibnizian saying that if there were an infinitely regressive series of facts, all of which were contingent, one would still require an explanation over and beyond the set of such facts. The Humean, … Continue reading

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Does Proper Basicality Permit an Implicit Inductive Argument?

Plantinga writes: I argue that the reformed rejection of natural theology is best construed as an inchoate and unfocused rejection of classical foundationalism. What these Re-formed thinkers really mean to hold, I think, is that belief in God need not … Continue reading

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Hobbes’ Sovereign is Leviathan’s Vicar

It is interesting that while Hobbes makes the commonwealth, that anthropomorphic leviathan, out to be a ‘natural’ social organism at least in the sense that the laws of nature he enumerates (of which there are 19, and to them may … Continue reading

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Argument from the surety of Infallibility to the surety of the Ordinary Magisterium

If some belief A is based only and ultimately upon some more basic belief B, from which it is inferred, then the epistemic warrant for A can in no case be greater than the epistemic warrant for B. (The epistemic … Continue reading

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Hobbes on the Causes of Theism

I’ve been reading Hobbes’ Leviathan for a class in early modern political philosophy, and ran across a number of quotes which I am both surprised to find in Hobbes, and which others may find just as interesting and provocative, all … Continue reading

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Making the Problem of Evil work

The trouble with the atheological argument against the existence of God from the occasion of evil(s) is that it is hopelessly speculative. I was explaining this recently to a good friend via an email exchange. I wrote: Perhaps you could … Continue reading

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Skepticism, Math and Memory

Descartes thinks to himself “I’ve done plenty of math in my time, and though most of the time I do it very well, I have often made mistakes, miscalculations. Sometimes I’ve even been sure, upon reviewing my work, that I … Continue reading

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