It has come to my attention via a response to a comment on “Atheism, Belief, and the Traditional Understanding of Knowledge” that I ought to address a widespread misunderstanding of the biblical understanding of faith and the use of quotations from the Bible. So, rather than respond to the following individual’s statement in the comments section, I have decided to make it the topic of my first post wherein I am not introducing myself. Understandably, I will not be able to get too much into the details as this is a blog post and not a book. Continue reading →
Often in discussion with non-theists online, I witness a certain caricature of “belief” as though it is unnecessary to attaining knowledge. A recent post I read here, seems to echo these sentiments which I would like to address.
In this post, the author quotes Carl Sagan who states: “I don’t want to believe, I want to know.” This quote is ambiguous since it could mean at least one of two things. Sagan could be saying that (1) “belief” is antithetical to the quest for knowledge. If this is Sagan’s intended meaning, the history of epistemology is against him. According to most standard definitions of knowledge–whether on internalist or externalist accounts–belief is a necessary condition for knowledge. For example, according to the standard tripartite definition of knowledge, a person S knows that P, if and only if:
1. S believes that P.
2. S is justified in believing P when S believes P.
3. P is true.
Thus, it is not so much that belief is antithetical to knowledge; instead, it is a necessary component Continue reading →
After going back and forth between books, I’ve decided to go through Good God: Theistic Foundations of Morality by David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls. My intention is to do a chapter-by-chapter review; however, if I find anything particularly interesting, I might diverge from the chapter-by-chapter method and do a separate blog post.
In order that you all know what we are getting into, here’s a part of the description of the book on its back: “It is the intention of the authors to see this aspect of natural theology resume its rightful place of prominence, by showing how a worldview predicated on the God of both classical theism and historical Christian orthodoxy has more than adequate resources to answer the Euthyphro Dilemma, speak to the problem of evil, illumine natural law, and highlight the moral significance of the incarnation and resurrection of Christ. Ultimately, the authors argue, there is a principled reason to believe that morality itself provides excellent reasons to look for a transcendent source of its authority and reality and a source that is more than an abstract principle.”
We’ll see how well they do Continue reading →
For those faithful few who have been waiting for CMR to start up again, we thank you for your patience. We apologize that every time this blog begins to gain any traction we’re suddenly swallowed whole and consumed by the time-draining monster of death and despair. This time, though, we’re plunging into this evil creature with swords of time-management and shields of anti-procrastination. How’s that for an epic battle?
Another swordsman joining our plight is my good friend, Thomas McPhail. Tom is a sophomore double-majoring in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at the college I attend. He’s also my roommate, so you can only dream of how often philosophy and theology are discussed between us two.
Aside from this update, we also have revamped our site. It may not have the aesthetic appeal of the previous theme, but it was time for a change.
Another item of importance is that we’re going to ramp up the production of our blog posts. At the moment I’m currently thinking of reviewing a few books in the area of biblical studies and theology. So please be on the lookout for these updates.
Peace be with you,
Since this blog’s inception, I have wanted to do a podcast. I’m not sure what took so long, but I’m happy to announce that Christ, My Redeemer now has a podcast available on iTunes. The podcast is an outflow of this blog and will continue to be devoted to sincere theological and philosophical reflection. In the first episode I briefly discuss my pilgrimage into Christianity and philosophy, as well as what to look forward to from this blog. So if you would like to download this Continue reading →