Then, Now, and Al by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff

This is an interesting lecture by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff that gives a fascinating commentary on the history of the philosophy of the 20th century and explains how Alvin Plantinga fits in.  This was a paper that Wolterstorff wrote awhile ago and then presented it at Alvin Plantinga’s retirement. Then, Now, […]

Thoughts on Christian Teachings on Sex, Family, and Life by Richard Swinburne

God has given us many moral commands by which we should live.  But why obey them?  At least two good reasons are usually given.  The first is that we should obey God’s commands because His commands have our best interest in mind.  The second is that we should obey God’s […]

Coffee At Richard Swinburne’s Apartment

When my wife and I were in Oxford in September 2016, we were honored to have the opportunity to go to the house of Dr. Richard Swinburne and have coffee. For those who know my Clarkian persuasions, and for those who are familiar with the scholarly work of Dr. Swinburne, […]

An Idiot’s Guide to Learning about the Clark-Van Til Controversy

In the Christian world, it seems that the reading of Gordon Clark and Cornelius Van Til has all but perished.  In the philosophical world, there has been a resurgence of Christian philosophers building on the work of Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga, and others, yet you can barely find mention of […]

Why Study Alvin Plantinga and Reformed Epistemology?

Reformed Epistemology (RE) is not exactly like the Scripturalist epistemology in that Scripturalism takes known propositions to be those propositions which are revealed by the Holy Spirit to the believer’s mind, and those propositions which are validly deduced from them.  Moreover, for the Scripturalist, these propositions are believed as an […]

Party People and Epicurean Hedonism

Hedonism is the philosophy that pleasure the highest good.  A hedonist is a pleasure-lover.  Often, this philosophy is associated with people of the party spirit; those drunken carousing revelers who roll in at dawn and wake up at noon.  The Epicureans show up in Acts 17 and question Paul with […]

Clark on Causation

Which came first, the cause or the effect?  Cause, you’d probably say.  Isn’t it obvious that since causes cause effects they must be before them?  Nope.  Not to everyone.  Take a minute to think of a definition of the term “cause.”  How do you use the term?  Why do you […]

Encouragement from Philo

I have now listened to the first 80 podcasts of The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps by Peter Adamson, which can be downloaded at historyofphilosophy.net.  For the past year, have been slowly working through these podcasts and through Thales to Dewey by Gordon Clark while trying to read a […]

Kant and the Ontological Argument

  Introduction This article aims to explain and comment on Kant’s refutation of The Ontological Argument (OA).  The sections quoted below are from page 500-507 under the heading “The Impossibility of an Ontological Proof of the Existence of God” in Norman Kemp Smith’s translation of A Critique of Pure Reason […]

Clark on Saving Faith in 1961

One of the greatest contributions of Gordon Clark to the clarification of the gospel is his explanation of the nature of saving faith.  In 1961, Religion, Reason, and Revelation (RRR) by Gordon H. Clark was published. This book contains one of Clark’s earliest treatments of the nature of faith.  Of […]

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