Category Archives: Philosophy of Religion

The Seal of Confession and the Utilitarian Imperative

The sacrament of confession, according to Catholic teaching, involves a seal of confession for the priest involved. A priest who is hearing a confession cannot speak freely about, make reference to, insinuate to others, or by any means do anything … Continue reading

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A Counter-possible Objection to Natural Theology

Here’s an interesting argument I stumbled across recently, written by somebody I know, through a skype group, named Lance: The ‘what if God commanded something horrific?’ objection to DCT and W.L. Craig’s moral argument. I was inclined to be dismissive of … Continue reading

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John Locke’s argument for God’s existence

“We are capable of knowing certainly that there is a God. Though God has given us no innate ideas of himself” (Book IV, X.1) I’ve been reading into Locke’s Natural Law, as I’m scheduled to write an essay on the role … Continue reading

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A demarcation principle for Miracles

Randal Rauser has proposed that we may be able to use a design filter as an epistemic tool for identifying miracles. What he means by a design filter here is really just an adaptation of William Dembski’s notion of ‘specified … Continue reading

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God’s Providence over history and the causal relations of the disjuncts of disjunctive causes

God is in control of world history. However, world history seems to be comprised of one creature’s libertarian free will after another, none of which are directly in God’s control (i.e., Molinism is false, and even if God is in … Continue reading

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Does Evil Make a World Better?

Plantinga has argued publicly that perhaps one of the reasons God has for permitting evils like the holocaust, or the social experiment of Marxist communism, or any other evils you might think of, is because of the intrinsic goodness of … Continue reading

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Sophisticated Religious Pluralism Implies Semiotic Equivalence

The Religious Pluralist is often accused of equivocation when she suggests that there is no meaningful or relevant difference between various religious creeds and systems of doctrine. People want to say that there is, however, clearly a semantic difference between … Continue reading

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Inferring God’s existence without any evidence.

A belief is properly basic if it is universally sanctioned. A properly basic belief is a belief which we are justified in maintaining in the absence of evidence, and which, in the absence of a defeater, we would be unjustified … Continue reading

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Getting from one to all superlative attributes from Simplicity?

Suppose that: 1. If God exists, then God is metaphysically simple. Now, the doctrine of divine simplicity implies that God’s nature is simple (is one thing, rather than a complex of things), and thus that each of the superlative attributes … Continue reading

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Platonism’ Formal Family Tree

Platonists say that Platonic Forms are beings which exist. I do not think they do exist (and I don’t even think they are ‘beings’, contra the neo-meingonian). However, in thinking about Platonism, which has occupied me lately, it seems to … Continue reading

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