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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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:33

Dawkins vs. Aquinas on Pints with Aquinas

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Recently I was interviewed by Matt Fradd for his Pints with Aquinas podcast. We talk a bit about Five Proofs of the Existence of God, but our main topic is Richard Dawkins’s critique of Aquinas’s Five Ways in The God Delusion. We work through each of the objections Dawkins raises and discuss where they go wrong. Matt is posting the interview in two parts, and the first part has now been posted....

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Monday, 06 November 2017 10:03

Aristotle and contemporary science

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Routledge has just released the important new anthology Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science, edited by William M. R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, and Nicholas J. Teh. I’ve contributed an essay titled “Actuality, Potentiality, and Relativity’s Block Universe.”...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 09:39

Pakaluk on capital punishment

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Philosopher Michael Pakaluk kindly provided an endorsement for By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. In an essay at The Catholic Thing, Mike puts forward an important defense of his own of the death penalty. Go give it a read....

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:51

Smith on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

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[T]he central argument of [the book is] that some crimes deserve death, and that this is now and has always been the teaching of the Catholic Church. Anyone who would claim otherwise must contend with Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette’s unparalleled – and I’m tempted to say, irrefutable – marshalling of evidence and logic in this important new book....

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:50

Five Proofs around the net

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Strange Notions has kindly hosted a Q and A on my book Five Proofs of the Existence of God (which you can order either from Amazon – though they are temporarily out of stock – or directly from Ignatius Press). They chose ten of the questions submitted and have now posted my responses. Among the topics that arise are the nature of proof, polytheism, divine simplicity, and the relationship between Thomism and idealism.;...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 08:45

A further reply to Fastiggi, etc.

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In an article at Catholic World Report, Robert Fastiggi is critical of the position I have taken vis-à-vis Pope Francis and capital punishment in my recent articles at Catholic Herald and Catholic World Report. I reply to Fastiggi in a new CWR article....

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 08:43

McClamrock on By Man shall His Blood Be Shed

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The authors do make, and effectively support, many points worthy of serious consideration. Among them, are in brief: Catholics are not required to favor the abolition of the death penalty. The church has consistently taught that capital punishment is legitimate in principle, while often pleading for mercy in practice...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:02

Around the web with Five Proofs

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Unlike the cases for God by Geisler and Kreeft, Feser’s case is NOT a Steaming Pile of Crap, and it is a great pleasure to consider a case that at least has the potential to be a reasonable and intelligent case for God....

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 10:24

Five Proofs on The Patrick Coffin Show

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A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Patrick Coffin before a live audience for a special episode of his show. The subjects were my book Five Proofs of the Existence of God, atheism, and related matters. You can now watch Part I of the episode at Patrick’s website or at YouTube. Part II is a Q and A session that will be posted next week....

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Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:58

Reply to Ivereigh, Brugger, Shea, and Fastiggi

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My recent Catholic Herald article about Pope Francis and capital punishment has gotten a fair bit of attention. Some of it has been positive, some of it less so. In a new essay at Catholic World Report, I respond to four critics – Austen Ivereigh, E. Christian Brugger, Mark Shea, and Robert Fastiggi....

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:36

Liberty, equality, fraternity?

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edward feserPictured above are the ideals of the French Revolution, and of the modern world in general – liberty, equality, and fraternity. Note carefully how they manifest their chief attributes. Liberty freely indulges its desires. Equality shares what it has. Fraternity looks on with brotherly concern. And they’re all idiots....

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:14

Coming to a campus near you

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On Thursday, October 19, I will be giving a talk on the topic of scientism at UC Berkeley, sponsored by the Thomistic Institute. Details available at the Institute’s website and at Facebook...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:06

Reading Religion on By Man

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At Reading Religion, a publication of the American Academy of Religion, Daniel Lendman reviews By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, which I co-authored with Joseph Bessette. From the review:...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 10:28

Five Proofs on The Daily Wire

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Last week I did a Skype interview with The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro. The interview has now been posted at Ben’s Facebook page. (You can also watch it on YouTube.) We talk about Five Proofs of the Existence of God, and also about free will and neuroscience....

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:58

Aristotle on Medved

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Yesterday I appeared on The Michael Medved Show with Skeptic magazine’s Michael Shermer. (Unfortunately, the podcast seems to be behind a paywall. [Update: A reader kindly calls my attention to this link, where you can listen to the show.]) It was billed as a “debate,” though I would describe it as more of a friendly discussion....

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Friday, 29 September 2017 00:51

Ward on Scholastic Metaphysics

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In the Winter 2017 issue of Pro Ecclesia, Baylor University philosopher Thomas M. Ward kindly reviews my book Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction.
From the review:...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:06

This week in radio

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Having recommended my book The Last Superstition in a recent podcast, in yesterday’s show Ben Shapiro kindly recommended Five Proofs of the Existence of God. (His comments about the book occur about 41 minutes into the show.) Thanks, Ben! This week I’ll be recording a Skype interview for Ben’s Facebook Live podcast, which will run next Monday....

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Monday, 25 September 2017 09:48

Review of Leroi’s The Lagoon

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My review of Armand Marie Leroi’s excellent book The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science appears in the September issue of Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society....

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Friday, 22 September 2017 11:12

Thought-free blogs

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Perhaps the most vivid manifestation of the cluelessness of New Atheists is their strange compulsion to comment at length on books they admit they have not read. Naturally, you see this frequently from anonymous doofuses in comboxes, Amazon reviews, and the like. But what is really remarkable is how often even otherwise intelligent and educated people make fools of themselves by doing exactly what they accuse religious believers of doing – forming an opinion based on preconceptions rather than the actual evidence....

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:04

Conversations with Klavan et al.

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My recent interview on Daily Wire’s The Andrew Klavan Show has now been posted. You can hear the audio at the Daily Wire website or at Ricochet, and you can see the video either at the Daily Wire (if you are a subscriber) or on Facebook. We talk about The Last Superstition, mechanism versus teleology, natural law, and Five Proofs of the Existence of God....

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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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