Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?: A Reconstruction

In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound.
In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-11-2013

“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole)
“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-10-2013

“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant)
“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-9-2013

“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal)
“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-31-2013

“Natural Theology may be thought of as the project of deriving significant theological conclusions from premises which are non-theological and which any or most rational people would accept.”
“Natural Theology may be thought of as the project of deriving significant theological conclusions from premises which are non-theological and which any or most rational people would accept.” [More]

The Daily Owl 8-25-2013

"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
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The Daily Owl 8-21-2013

“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James)
“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-17-2013

The Daily Owl says, "Unfortunately, no inference to the existence of God as the best explanation can be made from strictly analytic truths." (R. Douglas Geivett)
The Daily Owl says, "Unfortunately, no inference to the existence of God as the best explanation can be made from strictly analytic truths." (R. Douglas Geivett) [More]

Has Science Become ‘Soulless’?

The standard naturalistic story has stagnated somewhat. There are boundaries that many believed we should have broken through by now and we seem to be making little to no progress. The sentiment that modern science is "soulless" is resonating with a lot of people and so they're looking for more.
The standard naturalistic story has stagnated somewhat. There are boundaries that many believed we should have broken through by now and we seem to be making little to no progress. The sentiment that modern science is "soulless" is resonating with a lot of people and so they're looking for more. [More]

Robert McKim on Religious Diversity—Part 3

We do not know what sort of major social and even geopolitical dislocations we may encounter even in the coming decades and we are therefore totally in the dark about how human communities will respond to them, including what the religious response will be. But it would be remarkable if some such dislocations were not coming our way – perhaps about as remarkable as would be an ability to predict either what they will be or how human religious reflection will respond to them. [More]