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Who Is Responsible for the Division of Israel?

| March 9, 2016

In 1 Kings 12, Rehoboam foolishly decides to threaten the northern tribes rather than agree to lighten their tax burden. This leads to the division of united Israel into the northern kingdom, called Israel, and the southern kingdom, called Judah. In verse 24, the prophet Shemaiah tells Rehoboam that the division of the kingdom is […]

#3 Post of 2015 – Why Can’t Science Explain Consciousness?

| December 25, 2015

It is not uncommon these days to hear something like the following: “Science has explained just about everything else in the world, so it is inevitable that science will explain the mind and consciousness.” This kind of comment always makes me roll my eyes because the people who make this comment are making a colossal […]

How Is Science Like Checkers?

| October 28, 2015

Philosopher Ed Feser recently introduced another useful analogy to explain why scientism, the idea that the scientific method is the only way to gain true knowledge of reality, is false. Feser writes: Think of it this way: you can’t find out why checkers boards exist by looking at the rules of checkers themselves, which concern […]

What Is a Game?

| March 11, 2015

Ludwig Wittgenstein famously argued that there are no such things as essences. He claimed that when we group things together into classes, we are doing so because there are “family resemblances” among the objects of the class. The objects grouped together do not share a common essence. They merely share some similar characteristics. His most […]

What Is Real Essentialism?

| March 4, 2015

David Oderberg, in his book Real Essentialism (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 11), describes the metaphysical system that derives from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and their students. This system is the closest thing to explaining our common sense knowledge of the world around us that I have ever seen. It is sometimes called classical Christian […]

What Are the Limits of Physics?

| February 6, 2015

Contrary to the disciples of scientism, physics has limits. Philosopher Ed Feser gives a quick run-down which is worth passing along. Feser writes, As I have emphasized many times, what physics gives us is a description of the mathematical structure of physical reality.  It abstracts from any aspect of reality which cannot be captured via […]

Does This New Argument for Scientism Work?

| December 5, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve beat up scientism on the blog, so I figured we were due again. It’s an “ism” that just keeps rearing its head over and over and thus needs to be slapped around over and over. Philosopher Edward Feser, in one of his blog posts, reviews yet  another version of […]

How Do Theology and Philosophy Interact?

| September 1, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In my opinion, the greatest Christian thinker of all time, after the apostles died, was Thomas Aquinas. Etienne Gilson, in his work The Christian Philosophy Of St Thomas Aquinas, takes on the task of defining what distinguished theology from philosophy for Aquinas. This issue comes up again and again when I hear […]

Can Atheists Avoid a Cause of the Universe?

| August 6, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  That is exactly what Sean Carroll attempted to do in his recent debate with William Lane Craig. Here is what Carroll said: Why should we expect that there are causes or explanations or a reason why in the universe in which we live? It’s because the physical world inside of which […]

Are We Just Meat Robots?

| May 12, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  I have an interest in psychology and behavioral economics research. That’s why I write posts on books like Predictably Irrational and Thinking, Fast and Slow. But as I read these kinds of books, I am always keeping an eye on the big question. Will the author say that human beings are […]

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