Two Further Arguments against an Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

In a recent post I outlined an argument against the possibility of an infinite regress in a per se ordered causal series. This post outlines two further such arguments. The first I call the sufficiency argument: Every effect has its … Continue reading Two Further Arguments against an Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

An Argument against Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

Aquinas (and other scholastics like Scotus) distinguish between at least two distinct types of causal series: per se and per accidens, or essentially and accidentally ordered series. A series of causes ordered per se is today often called a hierarchical … Continue reading An Argument against Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

An Argument for a Causal Proposition

Much of the research and thinking I’ve been doing recently has concerned causality and the principle of sufficient reason. The following is a tentative attempt at a demonstration of a causal proposition, inspired by the work of Joseph Owens. This … Continue reading An Argument for a Causal Proposition

A Pragmatic Argument for Belief in the Existence of God from Competent Authority

The existence of God can be rationally demonstrated and known with certainty (Aristotle, Aquinas, and other great thinkers show us this). But this knowledge is extremely difficult to reach. The existence of God is one of the final conclusions of … Continue reading A Pragmatic Argument for Belief in the Existence of God from Competent Authority

Response to Jeffery Lowder’s Case for Naturalism, Part 2

In the previous post, I examined Jeffery Jay Lowder’s bayesian case for naturalism over theism. There, my basic contention was that, as naturalism and theism are properly asymmetrical claims, they ought not be compared in a bayesian analysis. Instead, since … Continue reading Response to Jeffery Lowder’s Case for Naturalism, Part 2

A Response to Jeffery Lowder’s Case for Naturalism

Jeffery Jay Lowder, a prominent and highly respected philosophical advocate for naturalism and atheism, has recently posted the written transcript of the opening statement of his 2016 debate with Frank Turek (popular Christian apologist). I highly appreciate Lowder’s work (he … Continue reading A Response to Jeffery Lowder’s Case for Naturalism

Is God Obligated to Create the Best Possible World? Disputed Questions Article One

Whether God is obligated to create the best possible world? Objection 1: It seems that God is obligated to create the best possible world, for Richard Swinburne defines God as “a person without a body (i.e. a spirit) who necessarily … Continue reading Is God Obligated to Create the Best Possible World? Disputed Questions Article One

On Faith and Reason: A Thomistic Account, Part II

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” – St. Pope John Paul II,¬†Fides et Ratio Today, there are two common errors concerning the relationship between faith and reason. On … Continue reading On Faith and Reason: A Thomistic Account, Part II