OHPT: Thoughts on Omnipotence (Chapter 8)

Hoo boy. This chapter was a BEAST. To be honest, I don’t have the brain power to do it justice with a meaty review. My brain has been taken over by all things Hegel (HEGEL YOU BASTARD) and by just trying to stay sane and mentally healthy in the midst of quarantine. It’s getting harder…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Divine Eternity (Chapter 7)

Goodness. This article was a roller coaster. Some great philosophy, some good theology, and some strange science denialism. I shouldn’t be surprised when I come across science denial in this book (the assumptions and methods of science and theology being so different from one another), but it still surprises and saddens me nonetheless. But let’s…More

OHPT: Thoughts on Omniscience (Chapter 6)

Ooooo this chapter is bringing me BACK. My first real undergraduate philosophy class was on the Problem of Evil, and I wrote my paper on theories of God’s omniscience. At the time I found my conclusion frustratingly trite and non-philosophical (“there is no good explanation for how we can retain freedom and God’s omnibenevolence and…More

In-between Thoughts: I write to understand how I experience my mind

3/8/20: Did about 50 minutes on the stair stepper this morning, then a hike, and now hitting the gym for some weights. I am going to eat SO MUCH when I finally get home to eat my first meal! Intermittent fasting is awesome until you have days like today. #hangry Onto thoughts from in-between my…More

OHPT: Simplicity and Aseity (Chapter 5)

And just like that, with Chapter 5 we are into Section II! This section is concerned with the divine attributes of God. The chapters in Section I were focused on the bases of theology proper, which probably goes a long way to explaining my frustrations with the arguments. Theology is just based on more assumptions…More

OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

Chapter 4 is “Theology and Mystery” by William J. Wainwright. Wainwright is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Philosophy with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research focused on the philosophy of religion and theology in the 17th and 18th centuries. He definitely has “philosophy of religion” credentials, as evidenced by the books he has authored. I was…More

OHPT: Science and Religion (Chapter 3)

For a running list of all my reviews on the articles in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, visit here. I really, really enjoyed this chapter and what it got me to think and articulate. You can tell by the WALL OF WORDS I wrote about it. This article is entitled “Science and Religion” and…More

OHPT: Revelation and Inspiration (Chapter 2)

“Revelation and Inspiration” by Stephen T. Davis Dr. Davis is Emeritus Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy in the Religious Studies department at Claremont McKenna College. His expertise is in Analytic Theology, Christian Thought, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion. In this article, Dr. Davis examines what Christians mean, and what they can mean, by the…More

OHPT: Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church (Chapter 1)

In order to stay honest and accountable, I have decided to make a blog series of my notes and thoughts on each of the chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. I want to use this space as a place to work out my questions, my agreements, my dissatisfactions, my counterpoints, and my realizations.…More