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What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 3

| January 6, 2016

The third argument stated that the wealthy are happier, because of all the expensive things they can buy. Money can buy cars, houses, clothes, TV’s, and vacations. Do those things bring us ultimate happiness? It turns out that the wealthiest people, in actuality, are rarely the happiest. In 1957, Americans’ per person income, expressed in […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 2

| January 4, 2016

The 8th ranked answer to what brings happiness is wealth.  Aquinas argues that wealth, which is defined as money or material possessions, is at the same time the most common answer to what brings ultimate happiness and also the most foolish. So why do people believe that the possession of wealth is the purpose of their […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 1

| January 1, 2016

What is the meaning or purpose of life? Some say that the purpose of every single person’s life is to attain happiness. It’s hard to argue that point since I don’t know anyone who would say that they don’t want to be happy. You always hear parents say, “I just want little Suzie to be […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 2

| September 5, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1 we left off with the question, “What is man’s ultimate purpose?” We cannot identify the good for man without knowing what his ultimate purpose is. Many answers have been offered throughout the millennia to this question. The most common answers are the following: wealth, honor, fame, power, pleasure, health, […]

Introduction to Classical Christian Metaphysics – Part 5

| August 28, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 4 we introduced being and goodness. In part 5 we analyze ultimate being, or what Christians call God. As metaphysics is the study of being, the question arises: what is ultimate being?  Aquinas reasoned that given any change in the world (a movement from potency to act), there must exist […]

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 […]

In What Sense Is God the Good?

| May 3, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Classical Christian theism affirms that God is the Good. David Baggett and Jerry Walls explain that in some important sense we wish to argue that God just is the ultimate Good. This view . . . has a venerable history within Christianity. Thomists, Anselmians, theistic Platonists, and theistic activists, including such […]

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