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Why Can’t Science Explain Consciousness?

| February 16, 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 […]

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 […]

Why Would You Expect to See a Painter in His Painting?

| August 11, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  A common complaint of religious skeptics is that they don’t have enough evidence that God exists. If God created the world, then we should be able to see him clearly and unequivocally with our eyes, and hear him with our ears, and touch him with our hands, etc. This demand has […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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