We want to have things expected of us

I READ A NOVEL! Something other than The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. WOO freaking HOO. And it was great! It feels kinda weird to write a blog post that isn’t about the OHPT, but here we are. Happy almost-2021. So just prior to the intensity of my recent “final ethics paper + final French…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Islamic Philosophical Theology (Chapter 25)

This was another survey chapter that could easily be it’s own book. In fact, considering just how many overlaps there are between Islam and Christianity, I’m even more disappointed that the Oxford Handbook folks chose to over-represent the Christian philosophical theological tradition and way under-represent other equally rich traditions. But. I. Di. Gress. “Islamic Philosophical…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Theodicy (Chapter 16)

This chapter went down smoooooth like a good bourbon. I’m not sure why — perhaps because I am more familiar with this aspect of philosophy and theology (and their ornery offspring philosophical theology) or perhaps because Michael J. Murray is an excellent writer and communicator? Maybe because he references Leibniz and Plantinga?? That certainly made…More

OHPT: Thoughts on The Problem of Evil (Chapter 15)

I was eager for this chapter, not just because the Problem of Evil is what drew me to philosophy, but because I was eager to see how someone would summarize the work done around this question. It is of such profound significance to almost every facet of theological arguments for God: her existence, her characteristics,…More

White supremacy in philanthropy

When I was ruminating over the anti-Black biases of my chosen spaces, of the Big Three – philosophy, conservation, and philanthropy — I had a hard time “figuring out” philanthropy. I do believe that everything in the US is touched by, and partially formed by, white supremacy, so I knew there is something problematic in…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Morality and Divine Authority (Chapter 14)

Hoo boy, this chapter was a doozy!! I had my work cut out for me on this one. Hence why my review is a week late. I highly doubt anyone will mind… Chapter 14, “Morality and Divine Authority”, was written by Dr. Mark C. Murphy, Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Religious Philosophy at Georgetown University.…More

Review: Aspiration by Agnes Callard

I haven’t done a book review in a looooong time. Years. (I do consider my year-long project of reading and commenting on every chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology to be some kind of review, but NONE OF YOU ARE READING THOSE AND I AM TOTALLY NOT MIFFED BY THIS AT ALL.) This…More

OHPT: Thoughts Petitionary Prayer (Chapter 13)

Whoosh, I have actually made it halfway through the OHPT. *pats self on back and pours self gigantic glass of wine* I have another post of thoughts on this process, both the reading and the writing, so I’ll keep this post to a review of Chapter 13. In we go…. Chapter 13, “Petitionary Prayer,” was…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Divine Providence (Chapter 12)

This chapter gave me major déjà vu. It touched on new topics, but I felt like it was a little bit of a rehash or mash-up of the chapters on divine omniscience and divine power. Maybe this was a good thing?! It certainly illustrates part of what I’m starting to think about when reviewing this…More

My decorating aesthetic is BOOKS

It’s official. I give up. I give in. I surrender. MY APARTMENT IS OVERRUN BY BOOKS. I cannot even tell you how much time and energy I have devoted to keeping the books in my life contained to my bookshelf and a stack on my desk. HOURS. I have also spent mucho money mailing books…More