Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.


  1. Victor Porton
    June 7, 2016 @ 7:22 pm

    Join discussion at recently put online New Testament wiki:

  2. ReconcileToReason
    May 13, 2016 @ 12:01 am

    When a scholar redirected my attention from the jealous brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son to the gracious father, the path of my faith journey forked. Down that new path I stumbled over incongruous stones of atonement dogma as Pastor Finnegan identifies. At a turn in the way, however, I came across Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory and understanding of Jesus’s death and resurrection in context of the Old Testament practice of scapegoating. Theologian Tony Jones characterizes Professor Girard’s understanding of these things as “A Better Atonement: the Last Scapegoat”. From that point on, the path under foot became more smooth (and is smoother still, my having gained Professor Tuggy’s Biblical Unitarian exegesis).

    Considerable information about Girard’s understanding of Jesus’s atonement is available online. One in particular I find useful is at:


    Greater depth of understanding in these same regards can be had from James Alison, e.g.:


    Thank you Pastor Finnegan. Thank you Drs. Jones and Alison. Thank you Rene Girard. Thank you Professor Tuggy.

  3. Victor Porton
    May 11, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

    While reading this article, I finally realized which purpose Jesus died for.

    See my short blog post:


    Its text (with hyperlinks removed):

    Further thinking on the purpose of Jesus’ death, being inspired by
    this article while reading it right now, I propose this theory:

    Christ’s death was to demonstrate that an altruistic person will be
    rewarded (as in Christ’s resurrection and power over the entire heavens
    given) justly, even when at first it seems that this way leads to death.

    This has shown to the heavenly powers that altruism works and leads to life rather than to death as someone may expect.

    And this needs a sacrifice of God himself, because it is necessary to show that even the highest level of altruism is rewarded.

  4. Carlos Xavier
    May 10, 2016 @ 6:01 am