OHPT: Thoughts on Jewish Theological Philosophy (Chapter 24)

And with that... we've completed the survey of Christian Philosophical Theology. It's really unfortunate that the Oxford Handbook folks reserved only three chapters for an exploration of philosophical theology in any other religions. Not only that, but how did Hinduism not get a chapter?! Color me SUPER unimpressed. This chapter is nowhere near as in-depth … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on Jewish Theological Philosophy (Chapter 24)

OHPT: Thoughts on The Eucharist (Chapter 23)

Warning: this is going to be a short post. After 500 pages of Christian theology (and hit-or-miss philosophy), I kind of hit my limit with "absurd theological beliefs that have perfectly satisfactory metaphorical or symbolic explanations but instead of talking about what richness lies therein we are going to twist ourselves in logical knots trying … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on The Eucharist (Chapter 23)

OHPT: Thoughts on Original Sin and Atonement (Chapter 19)

Chapter 19 tackles one of the biggest questions in Christian theology, for the trained theologian and the layperson: how is it that Christ's death on the Cross atoned for humanity's sins? For that matter, what does "atone" mean? This chapter was written by Oliver D. Crisp. Dr. Crisp is Professor of Analytic Theology at the … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on Original Sin and Atonement (Chapter 19)

OHPT: Thoughts on Skeptical Theism and the Problem of Evil (Chapter 17)

And with these, we start the last 10 essays of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. I have scheduled all the future posts (blank posts; just placeholders) so that I don't forget them as I start my second-to-last semester in my MA program. This is going to be an intense semester, so I'm trying to … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on Skeptical Theism and the Problem of Evil (Chapter 17)

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 … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on Theodicy (Chapter 16)

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, … Continue reading OHPT: Thoughts on The Problem of Evil (Chapter 15)