Thursday, December 24, 2015

That Which Seems True and the Phenomenology of Belief



In his defense of religious exclusivism, Alvin Plantinga gives a somewhat tangential mention of a phenomenology that attends belief (citation at end). In this post, I am not interested in speaking to Plantinga’s defense of exclusivism, but I do want to consider this phenomenology of belief he mentions. To whit, it seems to me that if we believe something, part of why we believe that something is because it strikes us as true. That is, it seems true to us. This phenomenon of seeming true (or, false, for that matter) is not wholly within our control. Why does that matter? Well, for me, I have struggled to find ways to clarify my understanding of not only the experience of belief, but also the humility that it seems should attend belief. Something Plantinga says in that defense has helped me understand these better.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Reductio for Eliminative Materialism



Can arguments for eliminative materialism be made without employing some aspects of so-called “folk psychology” and does it matter if they cannot? These are questions I want to explore. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Christian Right: A political project driven by fear


It seems to me the recent SCOTUS decision regarding same-sex marriage (here) may be one of the best things to have happened to conservative Christianity in decades. Hopefully this will allow conservative Christians to see the unfortunate result of their having too closely identified their faith with their country. Maybe now conservative Christians will give up the unholy task of trying to compel folks into the kingdom by force of law. Maybe now love will take the place of fear.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Severely Conflicted Preacher

The last few years, as a layperson, I have had the opportunity and privilege to fill-a-pulpit for two small churches. I say "fill-a-pulpit" because it is the question, "Do I preach?" that I want to consider. What does it mean to preach? What is needed to succeed in proclaiming Christ, the Gospel, the Good News? What conditions must be met for someone to say in all honesty, "I proclaim Christ."

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Education In Virtue

"But I take it...what we have in mind is education from childhood in virtue, a training which produces a keen desire to become a perfect citizen..." from Plato's Laws I (643e)