• A Critique of the Divine Hiddenness and Silence of God

    One of the more challenging arguments against the existence of God by atheists is the one which comes from the problem of divine hiddenness. From the claim of theism is the belief that God exists as all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good. Yet with these attributes of God, the skeptic to theism would point to the seemingly uncomfortable issue of the presence of evil in this world which God has created and continues to be responsible for. This issue is like a giant pink elephant in the room, argues the atheist, demanding that the theist give an account for it. Along with this difficulty, the skeptic points to a related issue which…

  • Freewill and Responsibility

    One of the marks of humanity is that it has been created in the image of God as moral creatures. Mankind therefore has a responsibility to live in an ethical way, pursuing what is virtuously right and rejecting what is morally wrong. Within this calling is the debate on what kind of freedom mankind must possess to be able to fulfill this responsibility. This essay will examine what kind of freewill is required for moral agency, including the place of determinism within the compatibilist and incompatibilist views, and finally articulating why compatibilism is the better account for freewill in regard to moral and responsible agency. When discussing freedom and freewill,…

  • Logical Fallacy: Argumentum ad Hominem (against the person, avoiding the claim)

    Discernment A mark of weakness in any society, organization, or individual that could potentially prove fatal is an inability to discern what is right and accurate from what is false and inaccurate. For the Church, this has been one of its major battles from the beginning. Jesus Himself warned of the dangers of false representations of truth wrapped up in the lives and teaching of the Jewish leaders known as the Pharisees. The apostle Paul warned the elders at Ephesus as he was departing for Jerusalem that savage wolves would rise up from within their own ranks speaking perverse things that would lead the disciples away. The cry of the…

  • Burning Away the Fog

    Autonomy as a Modern Flaw When our children are little, much energy is spent in training them to be independent. The goal is to see them become wise, mature adults who are self-determining, self-ruling, and self-governing. As babies, parents show them how to hold their own bottle in order to be able to feed themselves. As toddlers, they are taught to learn how to dress themselves and how to use a toilet instead of diapers. This push towards independence continues through adolescence as the child is given greater levels of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to earn their own money or a driver’s permit to operate a car in traffic.…

  • Inclusivism

    To be sure, everyone wants to belong and be included. Who hasn’t wanted to be picked for a certain team on the playground as a kid? Who hasn’t wanted to be part of the honor role designed to celebrate those with good grades? Who hasn’t wanted to be chosen for entrance into the neighborhood club and its clubhouse with all of its privileges? Who hasn’t wanted to be selected for inclusion in one group or another? It may seem that there are arguments to the contrary but, in fact, the story of the hermit who has shunned all of society to live off-grid in solitude from the rest of the…

  • Rules for Rejoinder – Part 1

    Ok…let’s just settle down for a moment and take a deep breath.  Find a comfortable chair to sit in.  Close your eyes for a moment.  Breath in…hold it…breath out.  Repeat.  And repeat again until you can feel the blood pressure drop and the angst melt away.  Maybe for some this will require sitting in the chair all day, but either way, we all need to just settle down for a moment so we can reset our thinking a bit. Clearly in our modern age, just as in times past since the day in which Adam and Eve ate the proverbial apple, chaos is the order of the day.  Things are…

  • The Word and God the Father

    The creation of God is truly amazing. Not only did the Lord speak everything into existence, but He has chosen for creation to continually be replenished from generation to generation through birth, according to its kind. Who cannot marvel at the birth of a baby? Who can avoid the wonder at such a tiny creature who carries the same attributes of the first humans? Even more so, in addition to possessing the general traits that qualify it as human, God has ordained that it will also possess specific qualities of its mother and father. Eye color, hair, skin type, height (or the lack thereof) are all inherited traits according to…