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. Dale
    September 11, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    Good comments, David.

    Yes, Locke was accused of plenty of things, that among them, I think, on the basis of this book. I’m choosing to ignore the ensuing ugly controversy that was whipped up by a gun-slinging Calvinist polemicist. Locke says he ignored the epistles in this book because all those were written to people who were already Christians. He wants to know the publicly proclaimed requirement, as it were, for joining the club.

    About belief in resurrection… I think Locke thinks that “Jesus is the Messiah” implies a lot of other things, including that God raised him. I hope to discuss this a bit in the next episode – just what belief in the aforementioned statement includes.


  2. David Seaborn-Jones
    September 10, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    Very interesting podcast. Locke really does bring a lot of scripture to bear to confirm his thesis that believing in Jesus means believing that he is the Messiah, and that as believing in Jesus is the criterion for salvation as per John 3:36, believing that he is the Messiah is sufficient.
    But I can’t help also thinking of Romans 10:9 and the belief in the resurrection.
    I remember reading somewhere – I can’t remember where – that Locke was accused of not knowing the epistles well. This accusation was obviously made before the intensive study of the NT in the mid-1690s that prepared him to write the Reasonableness of Christianity. I also read – in the same place – that he sought to rectify this lacuna by a thorough study of the letters. This may have been the one you refer to in the mid-1690s.


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