Theology

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Research Suggests “Smart” People Are Better at Bending Data to Fit Their Biases

Over the last few days I’ve come across a piece of research, more than once, suggesting that a high IQ doesn’t protect you from certain kinds of bias. The first was a defeating-defeater style video by Inspiring Philosophy. The video attempts to undercut claims that a higher IQ leads to atheism. Instead it seems that …

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Will the Real “Critical Realism” Please Stand Up?

I am writing my dissertation on critical realism. More specifically I am putting critical realism in conversation with analytic theology. Critical realism feels something like a 1960’s to early 2000’s topic. Except for a form that emerged in the early decades of the 20th century, most critical realists did their work in the last quarter …

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Ontological Pluralism – How many ways can a thing exist?

One thing that I completely missed in my past theological education prior to attending Fuller Seminary was essence/existence distinctions. … and from here… considering God’s essence as his existence as a way of safeguarding divine simplicity and avoid seeing God as having parts. (If I’ve got that right). When I started hanging around Analytic theologians …

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“Are Human’s Worth Saving?” – Failing to Distinguish Human Value and Merit.

I copied the above image from a Facebook post someone put up in a reformed group. People responded to it with various answers. Most said “No” “Nope” “Not at all…” Here is my response: The original post seems to conflate two different issues: worth vs merit.(a) Is there any good reason to save humans? Value/Worth(b) …

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Theological Method and the Prioritization of Sources in Theological Work

A Model for Theological Method: Balancing the Sources and Norms of Theology (by Jesse Gentile) Clarifying one’s theological methodology instead of doing theology is like sharpening a knife without cutting into anything. ( Cited by Paul Allen)FOOTNOTE: Footnote A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife. (Common warning from chefs)  A motivating concern …

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Science, Philosophy and Religion?

Last week I wrote a short piece the for the Fuller Analytic Theology blog. These are my thoughts on a recent talk that Dr. Hud Hudson gave during our weekly fuller Analytic Theology presentation. Hudson’s paper was titled “A Metaphysical Bridge.” It dealt with the interface that analytic philosophy can provide for dialogue between science and religion. …

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Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

The Sacrifice of Isaac (1966), by Marc Chagall There are likely several reasons, but let me share a Facebook post I wrote up today that may give us one reason that the testing of Abraham’s faith was important, if not necessary.  (Facebook post begins below)… Among other things, the testing of Abrahams faith gives others epistemic …

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Advice I’ve Gleaned From a Year With a PhD Writing Feedback Group.

For the last year, I have been participating in a group of 6 or 7 people (three postdocs, my supervisor, and a fellow Ph.D. student) reading and giving feedback on each other’s papers. We typically read book chapters prior to submission to publication, and journal articles prior to submission to publishers. From time to time a …

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