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1. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 37 > Issue: 1
Christopher Hauser On Being Human and Divine: The Coherence of the Incarnation
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According to the doctrine of the Incarnation, one person, Christ, has both the attributes proper to a human being and the attributes proper to God. This claim has given rise to the coherence objection, i.e., the objection that it is impossible for one individual to have both sets of attributes. Several authors have offered responses which rely on the idea that Christ has the relevant human properties in virtue of having a concrete human nature which has those properties. I show why such responses should be rejected and, in light of that, propose an alternative response to the coherence objection.
2. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 37 > Issue: 1
Chris Tucker Divine Satisficing and the Ethics of the Problem of Evil
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This paper accomplishes three goals. First, it reveals that God’s ethics has a radical satisficing structure: God can choose a good enough suboptimal option even if there is a best option and no countervailing considerations. Second, it resolves the long-standing worry that there is no account of the good enough that is both principled and demanding enough to be good enough. Third, it vindicates the key ethical assumption in the problem of evil without relying on the contested assumption that God’s ethics is our ethics (on steroids).
3. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 37 > Issue: 1
Micah Lott Moral Duties and Divine Commands: Is Kantian Religion Coherent?
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Kant argues that morality leads to religion, and that religion consists in regarding our moral duties as divine commands. This paper explores a foundational question for Kantian religion: When you think of your duties as divine commands, what exactly are you thinking, and how is that thought consistent with Kant’s own account of the ways that morality is independent from God? I argue that if we assume the Kantian religious person acts out of obedience to God, then her overall outlook will be inconsistent. I then develop an account of regarding duties as divine commands that does not involve acting out of obedience to God. This account, however, faces an objection—that without obedience, one cannot actually be thinking of duties as divine commands. In the final section, I consider this objection and suggest a response.
4. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 37 > Issue: 1
Bruce Langtry God, Horrors, and Our Deepest Good
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J.L. Schellenberg argues that since God, if God exists, possesses both full knowledge by acquaintance of horrific suffering and also infinite compassion, the occurrence of horrific suffering is metaphysically incompatible with the existence of God. In this paper I begin by raising doubts about Schellenberg’s assumptions about divine knowledge by acquaintance and infinite compassion. I then focus on Schellenberg’s claim that necessarily, if God exists and the deepest good of finite persons is unsurpassably great and can be achieved without horrific suffering, then no instances of horrific suffering bring about an improvement great enough to outweigh their great disvalue. I argue that there is no good reason, all things considered, to believe this claim. Thus Schellenberg’s argument from horrors fails.
5. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 37 > Issue: 1
Scott M. Williams In Defense of a Latin Social Trinity: A Response to William Hasker
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In “Unity of Action in a Latin Social Model of the Trinity,” I objected to William Hasker’s Social Model of the Trinity (among others) on the grounds that it does not secure the necessary agreement between the divine persons. Further, I developed a Latin Social model of the Trinity. Hasker has responded by defending his Social Model and by raising seven objections against my Latin Social Model. Here I raise a new objection against Hasker on the grounds that it is inconsistent with Conciliar Trinitarianism, and I respond to the seven objections and in so doing further develop the Latin Social Model.
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Kevin Timpe The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children, edited by Anca Gheaus
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Mary Beth Willard God, Existence, and Fictional Objects: The Case for Meinongian Theism, by John-Mark L. Miravalle
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Jc Beall In Defense of Extended Conciliar Christology: A Philosophical Essay, by Timothy Pawl
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