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#10 Post of 2013 – How Do We Know the Universe Hasn’t Existed Eternally?

| December 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt For those of you who look to science to answer every question, cosmologists are pretty unanimous in agreeing that our universe is not eternal, and in fact begun about 14 billion years ago. You may not like this answer, and so go running toward alternative cosmologies to escape the standard big […]

Why Do You Need to Understand the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity?

| October 16, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of my favorite writers these days is Edward Feser. He has a unique way of explaining the most complex concepts about theology and philosophy in ways that laypeople can understand. I was reading a blog post he wrote that explains why the doctrine of divine simplicity is so important. Feser […]

How Does Christian Metaphysics Ground the Good? Part 3

| September 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In parts 1 and 2, we spelled out how classical Christian metaphysics is able to identify the good for human beings, and thus provide a sturdy foundation for Christian moral realism. Moral values and duties really exist and they transcend time and place. In a previous series of blog posts, we […]

How Does Christian Metaphysics Ground the Good? Part 1

| September 2, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In a 5-part series of posts, we looked at several metaphysical principles which all inevitably lead to the existence of God. Given these principles, and the existence of God, how do we go about constructing a Christian ethical theory? Or, more to the point, how does metaphysics help us identify the […]

Introduction to Classical Christian Metaphysics – Part 4

| August 26, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 3 we introduced the four causes which give a complete explanation of a thing. In part 4 we introduce the concepts of being and goodness. Metaphysics is the study of being, as such.  Act, potency, form, and matter are all aspects of being.  Edward Feser comments that “being is the […]

Introduction to Classical Christian Metaphysics – Part 3

| August 23, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 2 we introduced the metaphysical principles of form and matter. In part 3 we introduce the four causes. Aristotle taught, and the Scholastics agreed, that there are four different causes, and that these four causes give a complete explanation of a thing. Modern English-speaking people tend to only use the word […]

Introduction to Classical Christian Metaphysics – Part 2

| August 21, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 we introduced the metaphysical principles of act and potency. In part 2 we introduce the metaphysical principles of form and matter. Ordinary objects of our experience are composed of two metaphysical principles – form and matter.  Edward Feser explains these principles, again using a rubber ball: The rubber ball of our […]

Introduction to Classical Christian Metaphysics – Part 1

| August 19, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Most Christians don’t care anything about metaphysics, and truth be told, don’t even know what it is. I hope to entice you, the reader, with a reason to learn about it. One very important reason for learning Christian metaphysics is because any Christian ethical system must be grounded in metaphysics. You […]

Why Is There a Mind-Body Problem? Part 2

| May 20, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1, we learned that thinkers in the seventeenth century proposed to divide up reality into that which could be quantitatively described by mathematics and that which could not.  Philosopher Edward Feser, in a blog post, argues that this move by Galileo and Descartes was a massive blunder and compares it to the following […]

Why Is There a Mind-Body Problem? Part 1

| May 17, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Contemporary philosophers often refer to the “mind-body problem,” which is roughly the following: how is it that the physical body interacts with the seemingly non-physical mind? Many philosophers answer this question by simply denying that the mind is non-physical. They claim that the mind is a manifestation of the brain and the chemical […]

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