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Monday, November 20, 2017

William Lane Craig on "God and Abstract Objects": The Coherence of Theism and Aseity

In 2017, Springer published God and Abstract Objects: The Coherence of Theism: Aseity by William Lane Craig. Craig is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University.

From the publisher's description of God and Abstract Objects:
This book is an exploration and defense of the coherence of classical theism’s doctrine of divine aseity in the face of the challenge posed by Platonism with respect to abstract objects. A synoptic work in analytic philosophy of religion, the book engages discussions in philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and metaontology. It addresses absolute creationism, non-Platonic realism, fictionalism, neutralism, and alternative logics and semantics, among other topics. The book offers a helpful taxonomy of the wide range of options available to the classical theist for dealing with the challenge of Platonism. It probes in detail the diverse views on the reality of abstract objects and their compatibility with classical theism. It contains a most thorough discussion, rooted in careful exegesis, of the biblical and patristic basis of the doctrine of divine aseity. Finally, it challenges the influential Quinean metaontological theses concerning the way in which we make ontological commitments.
Philosophia Christi published articles on this topic, especially from the Winter 2011 issue, which can be purchased here.

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Andrew Loke on "A Novel Cosmological Argument"

In 2017, Palgrave Macmillan published God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argument in the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion series by Andrew Ter Ern Loke. Loke is Research Assistant Professor in Faith and Global Engagement at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of The Origins of Divine Christology (2017), A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation (2014), and various articles in leading international journals in philosophy, science and religion, and theology.

From the publisher's description of God and Ultimate Origins:
This book develops a novel argument which combines the Kalam with the Thomistic Cosmological Argument. It approaches an ongoing dispute concerning whether there is a First Cause of time from a radically new point of view, namely by demonstrating that there is such a First Cause without requiring the controversial arguments against concrete infinities and against traversing an actual infinite (although the book presents original defenses of these arguments as well). This book also develops a novel philosophical argument for the Causal Principle, namely that ‘everything that begins to exist has a cause’, and offers a detailed discussion on whether a First Cause of time can be avoided by a causal loop. It also addresses epistemological issues related to the Cosmological Argument which have been relatively neglected by recent publications, and demonstrates (contra Hawking et al) the continual relevance and significance of philosophy for answering ultimate questions.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament

In 2017, IVP Books will release Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament by Douglas Groothuis. Groothuis is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado, where he heads the Apologetics and Ethics masters degree program.

From the publisher's description of Walking Through Twilight:
How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness? Nothing is simple for a person suffering from dementia, and for those they love. When ordinary tasks of communication, such as using a phone, become complex, then difficult, and then impossible, isolation becomes inevitable. Helping becomes excruciating. In these pages philosopher Douglas Groothuis offers a window into his experience of caring for his wife as a rare form of dementia ravages her once-brilliant mind and eliminates her once-stellar verbal acuity. Mixing personal narrative with spiritual insight, he captures moments of lament as well as philosophical and theological reflection. Brief interludes provide poignant pictures of life inside the Groothuis household, and we meet a parade of caregivers, including a very skilled companion dog. Losses for both Doug and Becky come daily, and his questions for God multiply as he navigates the descending darkness. Here is a frank exploration of how one continues to find God in the twilight.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

EPS 2017: C. Stephen Evans on Sola Scriptura and being catholic Christians

We are so honored to have as our EPS plenary speaker this year the eminent philosopher and Kierkegaard specialist, C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University). 

Dr. Evans’ address is sure to inspire faithful Christian philosophers, motivated by a strong sense of vocation. His intriguing topic is inviting to philosophers and theologians alike: “Why Reformation Christians Should be catholic Christians: Sola Scriptura and the Rule of Faith for Christian Philosophers.”

His session will be on Thursday, November 16th, 2:00-2:50 pm [Convention Center Ballroom A-E], where he will seek to unpack the following:
A key passage from the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” The Nicene Creed is used by Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Roman Catholic Church, but it is also used by many Protestant churches in worship. My question today is what does it mean for Protestants, the children of the Reformation, to be catholic Christians?
I am not going to argue that Protestants should be catholic Christians. I start with the assumption that they should. This assumption is not arbitrary, since all the great Reformers saw themselves, not as separating themselves from the catholic Church, but as reforming that Church.
This talk has two parts: Part 1. What does it mean to be catholic? Part 2. Can a Protestant be catholic in this sense?
  An outline of Evans' remarks can be downloaded here.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

EPS 2017: "Debating Christian Physicalism"

Enjoy this Panel Discussion at the Annual ETS-EPS Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, November 15-17!

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:10 PM
Room: Omni – Waterplace I

"Debating Christian Physicalism"

Moderator: Angus Menuge (Concordia University Wisconsin)

See the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism and then Christian Physicalism? Philosophical Theological Criticisms.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

EPS 2017: "Protestant Theological Ethics at the Quincentenary"

Enjoy this Panel Discussion at the Annual ETS-EPS Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, November 15-17! 
Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:10 PM
Room: Convention Center – 550 B

"Protestant Theological Ethics at the Quincentenary"

Moderator: Matthew Arbo (Oklahoma Baptist University)

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM: Vincent Bacote (Wheaton College), "Toward an Evangelical Ethics Responsive to Scripture: Putting Up an Antenna instead of Waiting for Crises on our Doorsteps"

2:50 PM – 3:30 PM: Jacob Shatzer (Union University), "Protean Ethics? Protestantism, Theological Ethics, and the Problem of Change"

3:40 PM – 4:20 PM: David Henreckson (Dordt College), "Reforming Authority: An Early Modern Protestant Account of Social Relations"

4:30 PM – 5:10 PM: Tyler Wittman (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), "‘The Only Wisdom We Can Hope to Acquire’: Christology, Moral Nature, and the Shape of Humility"

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EPS 2017: "An Interdisciplinary Critique of Theistic Evolution"

Enjoy this Panel Discussion at the Annual ETS-EPS Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, November 15-17!

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:10 PM
Room: Omni – Narragansett B&C

"An Interdisciplinary Critique of Theistic Evolution"

Moderator: Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary)
  • 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM: "A Scientific Critique of Theistic Evolution"
    • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Stephen C. Meyer* (Discovery Institute) "The Growing Scientific Problems with Contemporary Evolutionary Theory." 
  • 9:55 AM – 10:50 AM: "A Philosophical Critique of Theistic Evolution"
    • 9:55 AM – 10:15 AM: J.P. Moreland (Talbot School of Theology) "Philosophical Problems with Evolution" 
    • 10:15 AM – 10:25 AM: Christopher Shaw* (Queens University, Belfast) "Bias in Science" 
    • 10:25 AM – 10:35 AM: Paul Nelson* (Biola University) "Problems with Methodological Naturalism*  
  • 10:35 AM – 10:50 AM: Q&A from audience in dialogue with panel of presenters 
  • 11:05 AM – 12:10 PM: "A Biblical and Theological Critique of Theistic Evolution" 
    • 11:05 AM – 11:25 AM: Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary), "Theistic Evolution Denies 12 Creation Events and Undermines Crucial Doctrines" 
    • 11:25 AM – 11:30 AM: John Currid* (Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte), "Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the Old Testament"
    • 11:30 AM – 11:35 AM: Guy Waters (Reformed Theological Seminary), "Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the New Testament" 
    • 11:35 AM – 11:40 AM: Gregg Allison (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), "Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with Historical Doctrinal Standards" 
    • 11:40 AM – 11:45 AM: Fred Zaspel (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), "B. B. Warfeld Did Not Endorse Theistic Evolution"
  • 11:45 AM – 12:10 PM Q&A from audience in dialogue with panel of presenters. 
* Invited guests to ETS-EPS.

See also the multi-authored volume, Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique (Crossway, 2017).

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