In today’s episode, we hear a presentation from the 2014 SCP meeting at Niagara University, in Niagara New York by Dr. Harriet Baber, a professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego. Her presentation is “Relative Identity Redux.”
Some good recent work on the concept of identity.
The human idea factory (I think he’ll take that as a compliment 🙂 ) has again returned to the Trinity: Alexander Pruss’s Blog: Another analogy for the Trinity? He imagines a scenario in which three different statues are simultaneously made of the same quantity of material. This scenario, he holds, is logically impossible. Nonetheless, he […]
Dr. Harriet Baber (aka H.E. Baber) teaches philosophy at the University of San Diego, and has been active for many years in the Society of Christian Philosophers. She’s published a number of papers on gender, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and other topics. I met her in the 1990s at an SCP conference in California, and […]
I take it the purpose of the debate is whether or not “the” doctrine of the Trinity is derivable from the Bible. What is this doctrine, exactly? The burden falls on Bowman to be clear about just what doctrine is in view; he’s making the positive case. Here’s what he says: 1. There is one […]
Can metaphysics show how trinitarian theology is coherent?
Can’t we all just get along? One last problem for Resolution through Rational Reconstruction: the new-fangled theory (or if you like, way of understanding the Doctrine) is invariably controversial, in the following sense: it involves metaphysical claims such that some thinkers will consider them false and impossible, and others not. The more you think about […]
Is saying that the NT “includes Jesus in the divine identity” clearer than saying in the NT “Jesus is God”?
In the comments to my last round, Mr. Robert M. Bowman, Jr. replied to my request for his reply to this argument: The Father and the Son are the same God. For any x and y, and for any kind F, if x and y are the same F, then x is an F, y […]
Time for the old Spanish Inquisition. Will she survive The (self-administered) Rack? In the final part of her article “Sabellianism Reconsidered”, Baber turns to theological objections. To wit: The account renders it impossible for the Son to pray to the Father. But the NT says this happened. The account denies that each Person of the […]
In this episode I respond to the interesting article “What about This View? How to Defend an Anti-Trinitarian Theology,” by evangelical apologist Dr. Robert M. Bowman Jr.
Philosophy Compass is a unique philosophy journal which only publishes survey articles, pieces which aim to summarize recent work. Its aim, as editor Brian Weatherson explains, is to enable people to keep up with a vast, overspecialized, fast-moving, and only somewhat accessible world of philosophical research. What’s more exciting – they sell the pdfs of […]
The so-called Athanasian Creed (also known by the Latin words it begins with, Quicunque vult) is considered by many to be the very definition of “the” orthodox doctrine. It is of uncertain origin, although many readers think it has a strongly Augustinian flavor (which if true shows it is not from Athansius himself, who died […]
Play / pause 1x 1.5x 2x 0:00 0:00 00:28:32 volume podcast 21 – review of the Lewis-Rogers debate – part 2 iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSS In this episode, my evaluation of the case made by Shadid Lewis. Does he establish, on grounds which his opponent […]
Kudos to the team at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, for their recent radical re-design, done by Josh D. May. Notable improvements include a nice print-friendly page feature, and the entries sorted by topic. Here are the Philosophy of Religion ones. their new entry “Incarnation”, by University of Wisconsin Madison PhD David Werther, who teaches […]
In this episode we hear Mr. James Lee (PhD student in Philosophy at Syracuse University) present his paper “His Ways (of Being) Are Not Our Ways” at the Society of Christian Philosophers meeting on November 8, 2014 at Niagara University.
Thanks to our friend Alvin Kimel for linking my post Jesus, God, and an inconsistent triad. Check out his post and the ensuing discussion here. Unfortunately, the fact that I’m a unitarian seems to distract him from the actual purpose of the post. He says, In this article he hopes to persuade us that the […]
In Part 1 I explained how vague it is to say that there are three divine Persons “in” God. In Part 2, I described some different things one might mean by “Persons”. In this third part, I’ll explain some of many things it might mean to say that the three persons are one “substance” (Greek: […]