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1. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 10 > Issue: 2
David C. Cramer Nancey Murphy on Personal Identity and Eschatological Resurrection: A Review Essay of Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?
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In this paper I discuss Nancey Murphy’s nonreductive physicalist perspective on personal identity and eschatological resurrection offered in her recent work, Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? I argue that if we take Murphy to be presenting actual metaphysical positions on these issues, it is very difficult to see how they go together coherently. Contrary to Murphy’s explicit claim to be presenting metaphysical criteria for personal identity, I argue that it appears she is instead offering an epistemological or psychological account of identity. I conclude that Murphy may need to modify or reject either her criteria for personal numerical identity or her view of the resurrection in order to consistently hold the other. Alternately, she could view this inconsistency as a failure of the underlying physicalist assumptions of her “scientific research program” and thus reject her physicalist assumptions altogether.
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William Lane Craig Arguing about Gods
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Graham Oppy’s Arguing about Gods is a wide-ranging and penetrating critique of the arguments of natural theology. Essential to Oppy’s project of showing that there are no successful theistic arguments is his account of success in argumentation. Oppy’s account not only sets the bar unrealistically high but also appears to be self-defeating, since Oppy fails to provide a successful argument for the truth of his account. Nonetheless, natural theologians cannot afford to ignore Oppy’s criticisms of their theistic arguments.
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Antony Flew The God Delusion
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Paul Copan God and Morality: A Philosophical History
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Alan Wong Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology
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Matthew Carey Jordan Moral Fictionalism
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Jason McMartin Religion and Friendly Fire: Examining Assumptions in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
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J. P. Moreland Searle’s Rapprochement between Naturalism and Libertarian Agency: A Review Essay on Freedom and Neurobiology
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Most philosophers agree that libertarian freedom and the ontology most naturally associated with it is not easily harmonized with epistemically robust versions of naturalism. And while he continues to remain a bit skeptical of such harmonizations efforts, John Searle has recently proffered hope for such reconciliation and the general contours to which any such attempt must conform. I state Searle’s views, criticize each step in his argument, and conclude that his attempt at a rapprochement is a failure.
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Gary R. Habermas God’s Activity in Today’s World: A Review Essay on Kingdom Triangle
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In this review essay, I consider J. P. Moreland’s Kingdom Triangle as a recent example that takes seriously the incursion of God’s Kingdom into the human realm. Among other things, Moreland’s book helpfully provides some needed leadership and modeling for Christian philosophers as we reflect upon what it means to know and indeed experience first-hand the supernatural in-breaking of God’s power. Moreland’s approach locates the experience of God’s miraculous activity within the panoply of the Christian knowledge tradition and alongside what it means for Christ to be formed in our interior. I conclude with some of my own research examples of God’s healing power.
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Charles Taliaferro Philosophers without God: A Review Essay
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An overview and critical evaluation of personal testimonies and arguments by some contemporary atheist philosophers. Feldman’s case that epistemic parity (where equally intelligent persons adopt incompatible beliefs) should lead to agnosticism is examined and found to be self-refuting.
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William Lane Craig Vilenkin’s Cosmic Vision: A Review Essay on Many Worlds in One
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Alexander Vilenkin’s recent book is a wonderful popular introduction to contempo­rary cosmology. It contains provocative discussions of both the beginning of the universe and of the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life. Vilenkin is a prominent exponent of the multiverse hypothesis, which features in the book’s title. His defense of this hypothesis depends in a crucial and interesting way on conflating time and space. His claim that his theory of the quantum creation of the universe explains the origin of the universe from nothing trades on a misunderstanding of “nothing.”
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Sandra Menssen, Thomas D. Sullivan Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy
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Douglas Groothuis The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion
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Andrew Nam Kierkegaard’s Concept of Despair
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R. J. Snell Alvin Plantinga, Charles Taylor, and Apologetics in a Secular Age: A Review Essay
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A critical evaluation of Deane-Peter Baker’s use of Charles Taylor to overcome perceived inadequacies in Reformed epistemology. Baker claims that a successful response to the de jure objection must provide motivation for the unbeliever to seriously consider the truth of Christianity, but this very test is undone by Taylor’s A Secular Age.
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John W. Cooper Exaggerated Rumors of Dualism’s Demise: A Review Essay on Body, Soul, and Human Life
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Green’s book outlines a wholistic vision of human nature, the Christian life, and life after death using “neuro-hermeneutics,” his approach to biblical interpretation integrated with neuroscience and psychology. He argues that a comprehensive vision of Christianity implies body-soul monism and undermines dualism. I respond that these sciences are consistent with dualist as well as monist anthropologies. I examine his exegetical arguments for anthropological monism from the eschatological texts of Luke–Acts and the Corinthian epistles, find them wanting, and show why they actually imply dualism. I conclude that Green has neither undermined dualism nor warranted monism.
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David Cramer Alvin Plantinga
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Bruce Ballard A Secular Age
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Corey Miller Natural Law in Judaism
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Gregory J. Kerr Soldier Boy: The War between Michael and Lucifer