Author: Andrew Chapman Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 1. God’s Greatness The Abrahamic conception of God is that he’s awesome—all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, creator of the universe, self-existent, and a host of other properties that make him not just very, very great, but the greatest that there is or could possibly be. “This is … Continue reading The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 The world contains quite a lot of evil: intense suffering, premature death, and moral wickedness. Let’s say that the proposition E is a report of all the facts about the evil in the world. Many people believe in something like the Anselmian God (Anselm 1965 [1077-78]: ch. … Continue reading The Problem of Evil
Author: Spencer Case Category: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 Assuming God exists, what is the relationship between God's commands and morality? Assuming that God is morally perfect and so commands all and only good things, we may distinguish between two claims: a. God commands what He does because it is good. b. … Continue reading Because God Says So: On Divine Command Theory
Author: Kirk Lougheed Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 In the words of St. Anselm, God is the being than which no greater can be conceived. Philosophers have long wondered about what sort of world God is obligated to create given his status as the very best possible being. By best being, philosophers typically mean that … Continue reading The Problem of No Best World
Author: Tomás Bogardus Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 True story: My friend’s daughter failed a hearing test when she was two years old, and was subsequently diagnosed with a rare hearing disorder. The doctors recommended a battery of follow-up tests and procedures, both expensive and invasive. My friend was, of course, crushed by the … Continue reading Can We Believe in Miracles?