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Contemporary Philosophy of Religion and NCEA Religious Studies: Part three

October 21st, 2017 No Comments

This is a talk I gave to the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers annual conference at St Cutherberts College in September this year. Several people have asked me to make this talk available. I have broken my talk up into four parts. Part One introduces what philosophy of religion. In part two I will outline two […]

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Erik Wielenberg and the Autonomy thesis: part four Intrinsic goodness

March 31st, 2017 23 Comments

In my last two posts, I argued that  Erik Wielenberg fails to show that Godless Normative Robust Realism (GRNR) avoids some of the standard objections to the autonomy thesis. This brings me to Wielenberg’s third claim III, Wielenberg suggests that GRNR is prima facie preferable to various theistic accounts of axiological properties. Several authors have […]

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Erik Wielenberg and the Autonomy Thesis: part one Wielenberg’s criticism of Divine command meta-ethics

March 11th, 2017 2 Comments

The autonomy thesis contends that there can be moral requirements to φ regardless of whether God commands, desires, or wills that people φ. In his monograph, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism,[1] Erik Wielenberg offers arguably one of the most sophisticated defences of the autonomy thesis to date. Wielenberg argues that: […]

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Matt Elected to the Executive Board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society

November 15th, 2015 No Comments

Congratulations to this blog’s Matthew Flannagan who was just elected to the executive board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Congratulations also to Frank Beckwith, Paul Franks who were also just elected to the board. Matt, Frank and Paul will join the existing board, who can be seen at the above link. Their first meetings are in Atlanta […]


John Corvino on Liberals and Being Judgemental

October 25th, 2015 2 Comments

Recently I have been reading John Corvino’s book, “What’s wrong with Homosexuality?” Corvino describes himself as a religious sceptic and is one of the leading defenders of the moral permissibly of homosexual conduct, and also an articulate defender of what is commonly called “gay rights”. In terms of the conclusions we each have, Corvino and I are […]

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Randal Rauser’s Interview: “Matthew Flannagan on God and Genocide”

April 15th, 2015 5 Comments

When Matt was in San Diego for the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) meetings in November 2014, Randal Rauser interviewed him for his Podcast, The Tentative Apologist. The interview was for episode 58 and is entitled “Matthew Flannagan on God and Genocide“; you can listen to it by following the link. (It is […]


A very belated report on my trip to San Diego

April 12th, 2015 No Comments

With trips to the US, Christmas, New Years, the summer break, Madeleine’s work, my preaching and juggling the family and the launch of my book, it has been a while since I blogged. Since the last post was about me going to the US I figured I should start by giving a very belated update on the trip […]

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