I’m almost finished with Eleonore Stump‘s most excellent Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. As thoughtful as it is thorough, she takes the characters of Job, Abraham, Sampson, and Mary of Bethany from the biblical narratives and shows that the benefits received because of suffering are greater than the
When I saw Paul Copan in November, 2016, at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual conference held in San Antonio, I mentioned that I picked up his newly published A Little Book for New Philosophers. He kindly invited me to write a review. There are so many valuable insights throughout that
Make It a Double! podcast is hosted by my good friend, Mike Stojic. He asked me to join him one afternoon for some discussion around alcohol and the Bible. Can religion and alcohol mix? What does the Bible say? Was Jesus really a drunkard? Give it a listen.
With his Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, the highly accalimed analytic philosopher Alvin Plantinga has made a significant contribution to both science and philosophy. It has spawned numerous discussions and journal articles that continue to evaluate and critique his argument. What follows is a summary review,
What follows are the notes that I jotted down in preparation for an open discussion on free will that will soon be available on the Wait, what if… podcast series hosted by the inimitable Kevin Sullivan and his guest Mike Stojic. Check out this podcast episode or listen below. Traditionally philosophers have outlined
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) remarked in the preface to the second edition of his Critique of Pure Reason (1787, first ed. 1781), “I have found it necessary to deny reason in order to make room for faith.” Sorry, Manny (short for Immanuel), but this is where we part ways. Although I deeply appreciate
Wouldn’t it be good if water had one set of properties when we want to drink it but a different set of properties when a person was drowning and needed to breathe water? This is a question posed by C. Stephen Evans in Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges (p 70).
I just finished reading Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible by Joel B. Green and am especially grateful to my long-time friend Mary Elizabeth Fisher of Sydney (formerly of Asbury Theological Seminary) who referred me. Without question, Green’s book is a key source when considering a robust biblical
I’m reading through Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible by Joel B. Green. Utilizing philosophical categories, scientific findings from neuroscience, theological savvy, and a keen exegesis of the relevant biblical data, Green argues that humans are not, after all, a composite made up of
Just last week I was invited by a neighbor to join him in a discussion around the existence of God. It was a fun experience and my first ever podcast. While we did “wander” a wee bit (it is also a new experience for my host), I think you’ll find
I have long held on to two positions which, prima facie, are in tension: 1) a Calvin-esque theology, which at least means that God is providentially in control of all things, including human creatures and 2) the notion that God can know, indeed does know, counterfactuals (see 1 Sam 23:1-13