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…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

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

I’m halfway through the OHPT and I have THOUGHTS

Woo! We’re half way through the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, folks! I say “we” and “folks” but my metrics tell me very few people are actually reading these posts. (Fewer than my usual few, even!) I’m not at all offended or bummed by this. It’s kind of what I expected, for a couple reasons…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

OHPT: Thoughts on Divine Action and Evolution (Chapter 11)

WHEREIN a philosophical theologian (inadvertently?!) makes a case for Christian environmentalism. Better believe I “hearted” those passages. With last week’s chapter on Moral Perfection, we finished the section on “Divine Attributes” and plowed forward into “God and Creation.” Dr. Robin Collins leads off with a discussion of Divine Action and Evolution. Collins is Distinguished Professor…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Moral Perfection (Chapter 10)

I have a bit of catch-up to do (HEGEL YOU BASTARD), so I thought I’d power through this chapter to get back on track. Luckily, I really enjoyed this chapter because philosophy of ethics is much more my thing than metaphysics, so thank goodness for this chapter as a breath of fresh, easily-breathable air. This…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Omnipresence (Chapter 9)

Well shiz, this has been a minute. Hegel ate my brain. I seriously have not been able to think of anything other than Hegel for the past month and it took until today (since turning in my paper on May 12) to be able to think or read about anything harder than Harry Potter. Yes,…More