The Weekly Round up – 11.9.18

"Jesus’ followers are to abandon any and all means of procuring a socio-economic livelihood, or more accurately conceiving of a livelihood in socio-economic terms."  - Steven DiMattei Over at his blog contradictionsinthebible.com, biblical scholar Steven DiMattei has begun a series exploring what he believes Jesus meant when he told his followers to follow him. It... Continue Reading →

Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18

Here's the Weekly Roundup! (Note: there will be no Roundup next Friday.) Over at bibleinterp.com there is an excerpt from John: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators (Eerdmans, 2018) entitled "The Spiritual Gospel: The Gospel of John in the Early Church." In this excerpt Bryan Stewart discusses the way early Christian writers viewed and used the fourth... Continue Reading →

Jonathan Garner: Skeptical Theists Admit Defeat

Some of you may have heard of "Skeptical Theism," the position that says that while God exists it may be impossible to discern correctly his motives for allowing things like evil in the universe. For a decent introduction to Skeptical Theism, check out this piece in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Skeptical Theism seems to be... Continue Reading →

Tim Crane: Religion and Violence

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist's Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 123-124. Given the violence at the heart of the monotheistic religions, it is perhaps not surprising that critics of religion should see its propensity to cause violence as one of the main things to be held against it.... Continue Reading →

Tim Bayne: Why Should Soul-Making Be Necessary?

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 68. Even if advocates of the soul-making theodicy can show that the benefits of soul-making are absorbed by the badness of the evils that give rise to them, one might ask why soul-making is necessary in the first place. Perhaps we must be exposed to... Continue Reading →

Josh McDowell Doesn’t Understand Atheism

On June 10th, pop-apologist Josh McDowell wrote an article for The Christian Post entitled "Yes, Atheists Have Faith. But Do They Have Evidence?" The piece is short and, like most of what he writes, underwhelming. For example, he writes, To help us verify if Jesus is truly sent from God, we have prophetic evidence. The Old... Continue Reading →

Tim Bayne: Divine Hiddenness

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 52-53. Religious writers have long puzzled over the reasons for God's silence, but Nietzsche regarded the silence of God as something more than a pastoral challenge: he saw it as an objection to the very reasonableness of religious belief. Assuming - as theists... Continue Reading →

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