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

MandM - Apologetic Report

This is part of a talk I gave at the ReThinking Hell Conference in Auckland earlier this year.

The traditional conception of hell understands the punishment of the finally impenitent to be conscious eternal torment. The punishment of hell is eternal in the sense of it being of an unending duration,...

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This is a talk I gave to the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers annual conference at St Cutherberts College in September this year. Several people have asked me to make this talk available.

I have broken my talk up into four parts. Part One introduces what philosophy of...

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This is a talk I gave to the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers annual conference at St Cutherberts College in September this year. Several people have asked me to make this talk available.

I have broken my talk up into four parts. Part One introduces what philosophy of...

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This is a talk I gave to the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers annual conference at St Cutherberts College in September this year. Several people have asked me to make this talk available.

I have broken my talk up into four parts. Part One introduces what philosophy of religion. In part...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:27

Divine Command Theory and The Masked Man Fallacy

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In almost every talk I give on divine command theory someone in the audience inevitably will interpret me as saying that atheists can’t believe in moral requirements and will cite the fact unbelievers can know what’s right and wrong as a reason to reject the theory. This happens even...

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In my paper “Is Ethical Naturalism More Plausible than Supernaturalism: A Reply to Walter Sinnott-Armstrong”. I discussed the what I called the “Moral Scepticism objection’ to a Divine command theory (DCT) of...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 21:00

Educating the Secular Education Network

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The Secular Education Network (SEN) has been in the news of late, complaining about religious education in schools. My view is that whether a religious education programme should exist at a given school is something individual schools should decide for themselves and parents should be free to...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 09:29

AUSA, expelling pro life groups, and legal advice

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For those following the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA’s)  recent decision to expel a pro-life group at Auckland University, it may interest you to know that the following press release was sent to me today:

Media Release: ProLife Auckland

Date: 5 October 2017

University...

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In my last two posts, I argued that  Erik Wielenberg fails to show that Godless Normative Robust Realism (GRNR) avoids some of the standard objections to the autonomy thesis. This brings me to Wielenberg’s third claim III, Wielenberg suggests that GRNR is prima facie preferable to...

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In my last post I looked at Erik Wielenberg’s response to the objection that, in the absence of God, people lack compelling reasons to comply with morality’s demands.  A second objection Wielenberg briefly addresses is that without certain theological doctrines, one cannot...

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imageThe autonomy thesis contends that there can be moral requirements to φ regardless of whether God commands, desires, or wills that people φ. In his monograph, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism,[1] Erik Wielenberg offers arguably one of the most...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:52

Carrier on infantile moral reasoning: one more time

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In a previous post, I discussed Carrier’s defence of “The infantile Objection” to divine a command theory (DCT) of meta-ethics. Some comments he makes in the same paper, suggest a slightly different version of the argument. Seeing I have found this version of the objection...

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The autonomy thesis contends that there can be moral requirements to φ regardless of whether God commands, desires, or wills that people φ. In his monograph, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism,[1] Erik Wielenberg offers arguably one of the most...

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The Christian Research Journal have published an online copy of an article I wrote for their journal last year:

imageIn a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, the distinguished philosopher of science Michael Ruseraises the question, Is it morallywrong to believe in God? Some skeptics maintain...

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Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:00

Thank God for the New Zealand Anti Terrorist Squad: Online

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Matt’s article is available at this link flannagan-pc-18-1 Permission has been granted from the Editor of PhilosophiaChristi to upload this contribution. Learn more about the journal by going to www.epsociety.org/philchristi.

Authors: Matt...

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At last years the conference of the American Academy of Religion I participated in a panel discussion on the topic “Just War as Deterrence Against Terrorism”.

The papers from this symposium have now been published in issue 18: 21 of Philosophia Christi

The abstract to my article...

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Sunday, 18 September 2016 09:32

Matt’s Sermons at Takanini Community Church

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Those who read MandM may be aware that I work as a teaching elder part time at Takanini Community Church.This involves me preparing and giving a lesson for the Takanini Community Church congregation every two weeks.

In case you’re interested, my sermons at Takanini can be found online here....

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:35

Ed Feser reviews Jerry Coyne

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