The Justice of Damnation contra Buckareff, Plug, and Adams

The following is a paper I wrote last year for a philosophy of religion class. I. Introduction Arguments against the doctrine of eternal damnation have historically been of at least two sorts: theological arguments, which attempt to show (typically on … Continue reading The Justice of Damnation contra Buckareff, Plug, and Adams

The Five Ways and Quantifier Shift Fallacies

In the recent debate hosted on the Pints with Aquinas show between Fr. Gregory Pine and Real Atheology host Ben Watkins, Watkins presented some objections to the quinque viae or five ways of St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the objections … Continue reading The Five Ways and Quantifier Shift Fallacies

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

Guest Post: Aquinas’s Fifth Way Contra Paley

This is a guest post from ‘Meister Seraphim’ of the Dogs with Torches podcast/youtube channel, which can be found here. Thanks to Meister Seraphim for his contribution. If you would like to submit a guest post for the blog, please … Continue reading Guest Post: Aquinas’s Fifth Way Contra Paley

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