But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 10:29

Flew on Hume on miracles

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Having looked recently at David Hume on induction and Hume on causation, let’s take a look at Hume’s famous treatment of miracles. To be more precise, let’s take a look at Hume’s argument as it is interpreted by Antony Flew in his introduction to the Open Court Classics edition of Hume’s essay Of Miracles. This being Hume, the argument is, shall we say, problematic....

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:08

The latest on Five Proofs and By Man

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Some early reactions to Five Proofs of the Existence of God: At Catholic Answers Live, Karlo Broussard describes it as “a phenomenal book” and “the Bible of natural theology.” At The B.C. Catholic, Christopher Morrissey judges it “a significant, original philosophical contribution to the scholarly discipline of natural theology” and his “favourite book among [his] summer reading.”..

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Friday, 25 August 2017 02:28

Hey, kids! Links!

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Philosophy Now interviews Raymond Tallis about his major new book on the philosophy of time. At The Guardian, Tallis on how he writes....

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Friday, 18 August 2017 11:02

Five Proofs is out

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My new book Five Proofs of the Existence of God is now available. You can order it from Amazon or direct from Ignatius Press. Brandon Vogt, friend of this blog and creator of the Strange Notions website, is kindly hosting a Q and A about the book at the site....

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:10

Jacobs on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

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The arguments are offered in a lucid and systematic manner so that they are accessible to those with no background in philosophy, theology or law. For example, the opening chapter has an admirably clear introduction to the natural law, and the second chapter elucidates the relative authority of various theological sources....

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Friday, 11 August 2017 05:56

Rucker’s Mindscape

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I think of consciousness as a point, an “eye,” that moves about in a sort of mental space. All thoughts are already there in this multi-dimensional space, which we might as well call the Mindscape. Our bodies move about in the physical space called the Universe; our consciousnesses move about in the mental space called the Mindscape....

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 06:53

Capital punishment with Patrick Coffin

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Recently I did a long Skype interview about By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment for The Patrick Coffin Show. You can watch it here. (Boy do I need to master the art of Skype – I look like I just rolled out of bed.)...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 01:43

Capital punishment with Prager

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 8 at 11 am PT, Joe Bessette and I will be on The Dennis Prager Show to discuss our book By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment....

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Friday, 04 August 2017 11:48

Capital punishment on EWTN

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Yesterday, Joe Bessette and I appeared on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo to discuss our book By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. The segment can now be viewed online....

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:14

Cartesian angelism

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Angels, as Aquinas and other Scholastic theologians conceive of them, are purely intellectual substances, minds separated from matter. An angel thinks and wills but has no corporeal operations at all. Naturally, then, popular images of angels – creatures with wings, long flowing robes, and so forth – have nothing to do with the real McCoy....

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 15:39

Capital punishment on radio and TV

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Tomorrow, Thursday, July 27 at 1:40 pm PT, I’ll be on The Ed Morrissey Show to discuss By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed. On the same day, my co-author Joe Bessette will be on Meet the Author with Ken Huck at 12 pm PT. On Thursday, August 3, Joe and I will appear on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN at 11 am PT....

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:26

Msgr. Swetland’s confusions

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Msgr. Stuart Swetland is a theologian and the president of Donnelly College. You might recall that, almost a year ago, he gained some notoriety for his bizarre opinion that having a positive view of Islam is nothing less than a requirement of Catholic orthodoxy....

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Friday, 14 July 2017 04:24

Essence and existence

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Recently, Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY hosted a workshop on the theme Aquinas on Metaphysics. I spoke on the topic of “The Distinction of Essence and Existence.” Audio of the talk has now been posted online at the Thomistic Institute’s Soundcloud page....

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At Catholic Media Apostolate, Roger McCaffrey and Fr. Gerald Murray discuss my book (co-authored with Joseph Bessette) By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment....

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Monday, 10 July 2017 02:57

Aquinas watches Glengarry Glen Ross

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David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross is a thing of beauty. This assertion is bound to shock some readers who have seen the movie (originally a stage play). It is notoriously foul-mouthed. The dialogue is in other ways idiosyncratic, characterized by unfamiliar slang and incomplete sentences (a Mamet trademark)....

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:13

Capital punishment on the radio

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Joe Bessette and I will be doing a number of radio interviews in connection with our new book By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. Yesterday I appeared on Kresta in the Afternoon, and you can find the interview here. Today I appeared on The Mike Janocik Show to discuss the theological side of the issue. Joe will appear on the show next week to discuss the social scientific aspects of the issue....

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:39

It’s the next open thread

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Here is your latest opportunity to converse about topics that have not arisen in the course of other combox discussions at this here blog. From neo-Kantianism to neo-conservatism, from mortal sin to imported gin, from the dubia cardinals to the Doobie Brothers – discuss whatever you like, within reason. Keep it civil, but for once you needn’t keep it on topic.;...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 03:17

Fr. Z on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

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The esteemed Fr. John Zuhlsdorf kindly calls his readers’ attention to By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, my new book co-written with Joseph Bessette. Fr. Z writes:...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:15

Arguments from desire

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On his radio show yesterday, Dennis Prager acknowledged that one reason he believes in God – though not the only one – is that he wants it to be the case that God exists.  The thought that there is no compensation in the hereafter for suffering endured in this life, nor any reunion with departed loved ones, is one he finds just too depressing.  Prager did not present this as an argument for the existence of God or for life after death, but just the expression of a motivation for believing in God and the afterlife. ...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 15:30

Stroud on Hume

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David Hume, as I often argue, is overrated. But that’s not his fault. It’s the fault of those who do the overrating. So, rather than beat up on him (as I have done recently), let’s beat up on them for a change. Or rather, let’s watch Barry Stroud do it, in a way that is far more genteel than I’m inclined to....

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Friday, 09 June 2017 04:52

Five Proofs is coming

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Five Proofs of the Existence of God will be out this Fall. You can pre-order at the Ignatius Press website and at Amazon. Here’s the book jacket description:...

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The “new natural law theory” (NNLT) was invented in the 1960s by theologian Germain Grisez and has found prominent advocates in law professors John Finnis and Robert P. George. Other influential members of this school of thought include the philosophers Joseph Boyle and Christopher Tollefsen and the theologian E. Christian Brugger....

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:53

Catholic Herald on capital punishment

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The latest issue of the Catholic Herald features an article by Dan Hitchens on Catholicism and the death penalty which discusses By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, which I co-authored with political scientist Joseph Bessette and which has just been released by Ignatius Press. The article contains some remarks from a brief interview I did with the Herald....

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:34

When is a university not a university?

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Some readers may by now have heard about what is happening at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where the university president’s actions have put the philosophy faculty in fear for their jobs and for the survival of their program. Details are available at Daily Nous (with a follow-up here) and at Inside Higher Ed.;...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:34

Peters on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

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Defenders of the death penalty for certain heinous offenses need no encouragement from me to study this book, of course, but, from now on, opponents of the death penalty who do not address the arguments set out by Feser & Bessette really have nothing useful to contribute to the debate....

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