Roy Abraham Varghese’s magnificent response (via G. Habermas) to Mark Oppenheimer’s “The Turning of an Atheist”

Mark Oppenheimer’s article, “The Turning of an Atheist” is plain silly. As Victor notes in his introduction to the post, “there’s been a nasty turn in atheist polemics that was not present” just one generation ago. Sad. There was a time when even Thomas Reid and David Hume could disagree all the way down, yet still correspond with one another as true gentlemen.

At any rate, here is the post on Victor Reppert’s blog.

4 Responses to Roy Abraham Varghese’s magnificent response (via G. Habermas) to Mark Oppenheimer’s “The Turning of an Atheist”

  1. Adam says:

    what are some good schools in Florida you can apply for if pursuing a degree in philosophy?

  2. Keith says:

    Hi Adam,

    Well, there are several good departments in Florida. Check out Florida State Univ (http://www.fsu.edu/~philo/) or the Univ of Florida (http://www.phil.ufl.edu/) or the Univ of Miami (http://www.as.miami.edu/phi/). If you’re looking for an undergraduate degree, I highly recommend Palm Beach Atlantic Univ, where Paul Copan teaches (http://www.pba.edu/undergraduate/honors-program/philosophy.cfm). Hope this helps.

  3. I am in hopes that Mr. Varghese can answer this question, I just read his article on the “The theological theory of relativity” in Homiletic&Pastoral Review. Instead of time and space this deals with motion.
    Do celestial bodies have a principle of motion or are they moved immediately by God? If they have such a principle it would still have to be held in existence by God. In other words do celestial bodies have a natural motion. Are they moved immediately or mediately? Are they moved by the first cause immediately or by secondary causes?
    The same holds for light’s motion and the apparent spontaneous motion of bodies under the influence of gravity which may be different.
    The above are quantitative whereas chemical reactions seem to occur through a spontaneous motion.
    Any insights and comments would be most helpful and appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Bruce Barron

  4. Are the celestial motions of heavenly bodies natural or are they moved immediately by God? Must they be moved by an external source? Just consider the movement of the earth. If it has a principle of motion it would still have to be held in existence by God.
    Does God move the inanimate earth immediately or mediately and even mediately it would seem to be immediate.
    Light motion may be different! And gravitational motion seems to be spontaneous.
    Is God responsible for all these motions which are so ordered that they are discoverable as intelligible laws? Immediately or mediately?
    How does the planet earth move and where does it get its perpetual motion? Is it moved immediately or mediately; by a First Cause or secondary causes?

    Respectfully,

    Bruce Barron

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