Augustine and the Knowledge of God

The following post is from a paper I wrote for a Fall 2015 course in Ancient Philosophy. _________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction Arguments for the existence of God populate much of ancient and early modern philosophy, and still find their way into religious apologetics, academic debates, and other venues today. Though it is often claimed that many believe …

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The Minimal Facts for the Resurrection: Why a Skeptic Doesn’t Believe

The following is an excerpt from my critical review of Rick Broocks' Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History's Greatest Question. Rice Broocks is a Christian apologist and the man who has inspired the God's Not Dead films. Man, Myth, Messiah is his 'companion' book to God's Not Dead 2. _________________________________________________________________________________ Since 1975, Gary Habermas has been …

Walter Kaufmann on Courtroom-Styled Religious Apologetics

If the smash hit success of the Making a Murderer series on Netflix is a testament to anything, it might be that everyone loves a good courtroom drama. Over the course of almost any criminal trial, there is suspense, intrigue, and excitement as each side builds its case and new evidence is presented, eventually leading …

Should Bioethics Become Less Religious?

The following post comes from a paper I wrote for a Spring 2015 Bioethics class. I figured the material in it would be interesting and relevant enough to be featured here. Enjoy! _________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction In Genesis 2:7, Adam is given life when God breathes into his nostrils. Taking inspiration from this and other passages, some …

Bart Ehrman on What We Can and Cannot Know About the Resurrection

In his newest book, How Jesus Became God, New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman spends two chapters discussing what he thinks we can and cannot know about the resurrection. What we can know is familiar territory to most who have studied the emergence of Christianity: (1) some of Jesus's followers believed that he had been raised …

King David’s Palace Found? Two Conflicting Reports

This morning I read an article posted to Yahoo News by Live Science journalist Megan Gannon, reporting how Israeli archaeologists believe they have found "two royal buildings from Israel's biblical past, including a palace suspected to have belonged to King David." The findings come from a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa, where archaeologists Yossi Garfinkel of …