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1. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Shieva Kleinschmidt Simple Trinitarianism and Feature-Placing Sentences
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Some Trinitarians, such as Thomas Aquinas, wish to claim that God is mereologically simple; that is, God has no parts distinct from Himself. In this paper, I present Simple Trinitarianism, a view that takes God to be simple but, diverging from Aquinas, does not identify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with anything in our ontology. Nonetheless, Simple Trinitarians would like Trinitarian sentences to be true; thus, they must give a non-standard semantics for those sentences. I will focus on one possible semantics a Simple Trinitarian may give: taking Trinitarian claims to be translatable into feature-placing sentences, which posit property instantiation without requiring commitment to any objects that instantiate those properties.
2. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Michael Gorman Classical Theism, Classical Anthropology, and the Christological Coherence Problem
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The traditional claim that Christ is one person who is both divine and human might seem inconsistent with classical conceptions of understanding divinity and humanity. For example, the classical understanding of divinity would seem to require us to hold that divine beings are immaterial, while the classical understanding of humanity would seem to require us to hold that human beings are material, leaving us unable to speak consistently of one person who is divine and human both. This paper argues that revised versions of classical theism and classical anthropology can be developed, versions that avoid these problems.
3. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Andrew Pinsent Limbo and the Children of Faerie
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The fate of the ungraced innocents highlights much of what has been most difficult about the doctrine of original sin. As an alternative to the extremes of an easy-going universalism or consignment to the fires of hell, this paper re-examines Aquinas’s claims about a possible state of ungraced natural flourishing, arguing that this state is richer and more interesting than the name “limbo” implies. The paper also applies recent work in philosophy and psychology, especially on the second-person perspective, to understand better the state of those in limbo, who might more appropriately be called the “children of faerie.” It concludes by examining the possible relationship of the children of faerie and the children of God in a post-resurrection state.
4. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Pieter H. Vos “A Human Being’s Highest Perfection”: The Grammar and Vocabulary of Virtue in Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Discourses
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Focusing on the grammar and vocabulary of virtue in Kierkegaard’s upbuilding works, it is argued that the Danish philosopher represents a Christian conception of the moral life that is distinct from but—contrary to Alasdair MacIntyre’s claim—not completely opposed to Aristotelian and Thomistic virtue ethics. Although the realities of sin and salvation transcend virtue ethics based purely on human nature, it is demonstrated that this does not prevent Kierkegaard from speaking constructively about human nature, its teleology (a teleological conception of the self) and about the virtues. Yet, from a Christian “upbuilding” perspective, general features of human nature must be transformed profoundly, which implies more than a harmonious perfection or completion of nature (Aquinas), but less than the complete replacement of nature by grace. Since this can be seen as a particular contribution to virtue ethics, in this specific sense, Kierkegaard may be called a virtue ethicist.
5. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Matthew Davidson The Logical Space of Social Trinitarianism
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I try to lay bare some of the conceptual space in which one may be a Social Trinitarian. I organize the paper around answers to five questions. These are: (1) How do the three Persons of the Trinity relate to the Godhead? (2) How many divine beings or gods are there? (3) How many distinct centers of consciousness are there in the Godhead? (4) How many omnicompetent beings are there? (5) How are the Persons of the Trinity individuated? I try to make clear costs and benefits of various answers to these questions.
review essay
6. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Thaddeus Metz Reasons of Meaning to Abhor the End of the Human Race
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In this review essay on Samuel Scheffler’s Death and the Afterlife, I focus on his intriguing suggestion that we reasonably care more about the fate of an unidentifiable, future humanity than of ourselves and our loved ones. Scheffler’s main rationale for this claim is that meaning in our lives crucially depends on contributing to the well-being of the human race down the road, with many commentators instead arguing that advancing the good of ourselves or existing loved ones would be sufficient. In contrast, I argue for a different kind of rationale for Scheffler’s conclusion, contending that it is our attachment to, not contribution towards, humanity’s flourishing that plausibly constitutes a large part of the meaning in our lives.
reviews
7. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Joshua C. Thurow A Natural History of Natural Theology, by Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt
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8. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
William F. Vallicella God, Modality, and Morality, by William E. Mann
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9. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 33 > Issue: 3
Adam Pelser Virtues and Their Vices, edited by Kevin Timpe and Craig A. Boyd
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