Great Deal on Philosophia Christi

December 26, 2007

Philosophia Christi, the bi-annual publication of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, is currently offering an incredible deal on subscriptions: first-time subscribers can receive the current issue as well astwo additional years (i.e., 4 more issues) for merely $30! This is a savings of $50. You can check out the back issues here. I’m not sure how long this offer will be available, so take advantage while you can.


For the Greek student…

August 29, 2007


This is a really awesome learning tool called ivocab which helps you learn Biblical Greek* through visual and auditory learning. You can use this with a # of the current Greek textbooks out there right now (Basics of Biblical Greek, The Elements of New Testament Greek, etc.). To learn more, go to the following website:

*I believe that you can buy a similar Hebrew aid as well.

Alvin Plantinga on “Religion and Science”

February 21, 2007

Alvin Plantinga has recently contributed the “Religion and Science” entry to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online).

HT: Trent Dougherty at The Prosblogion.

Good Advice

January 16, 2007

“We should love both: those whose opinion we follow and those whose opinion we reject.  For both have applied themselves to the quest for truth and both have helped us in it.”

Thomas Aquinas

Are You Wise?

January 10, 2007

In his quest for the science of wisdom, Aristotle purposes to catalogue wisdom by identifying the characteristics of a wise man. In the Metaphysics, book 1, ch. 2, he identifies several (either five or six, depending on your reading) such characteristics:

(1) a wise man knows everything in its generality
(2) a wise man knows things it is difficult for a human to know
(3) a wise man has accurate, precise knowledge
(4) a wise man is able to teach the causes of things
(5) a wise man seeks wisdom for its own sake, not for the sake of some other science
(6) wisdom orders the other sciences, thus the wise man can do so, as well

My guess is that if you haven’t read a little Aristotle, then these don’t make much sense; they certainly didn’t mean much to me before I read the primary source. I say this not in a tone of condescension, but rather with a tone of encouragement! Go! See what Aristotle says, and determine whether he was correct or not.

Plato’s Divided Line

January 10, 2007

*This post is intended merely to recount Plato’s ‘Divided Line’ concisely, not to ask and (attempt to) answer all the relevant questions.

We all know that, for Plato, the highest form about which one may inquire is the good. He writes, in the Republic (VI, 504e), for example, that, “the form of the good is the most important thing to learn about…” Unfortunately, however, when his interlocutors implore him to “discuss the good as [he] discussed justice, moderation, and the rest,” Socrates declines, saying, “I’m afraid that I won’t be up to it and that I’ll disgrace myself and look ridiculous by trying” (VI, 506b-e). What he can do, however, is discuss the visible reality that is most like the good. This leads to a distinction between two orders of things: the visible and the intelligible. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Richard Swinburne on mind-body dualism

December 1, 2006

The interview is farily short (4 pages), informal, and, as one would expect, interesting. It may be found here.