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“Do as I say, not as I do.” Is God a cosmic hypocrite?

October 23rd, 2014 2 Comments

In, my article “Tooley Plantinga and the Deontological Argument from Evil”, I argued that Tooley’s specifically deontological version of the argument from evil fails. To summarise very briefly, Tooley’s version of the argument assumes that God has moral obligations. However, according to a fairly mainstream theistic position on the relationship between God and morality, the […]

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Matt to speak at the 2014 Evangelical Philosophical Society in San Deigo

October 2nd, 2014 Comments Off

This blog’s Matthew Flannagan has had his paper “Mackie’s Answer to the Error Theory: A Reply to Joyce″ accepted for the National Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (“EPS”) in San Diego, USA, from 19-21 November 2014. The abstract for Matt’s paper is as follows: Abstract Richard Joyce has argued that the “real problem” with divine command theories of ethics […]

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Matt to speak at the 2014 Evangelical Theological Society in San Deigo

October 1st, 2014 2 Comments

This blog’s Matthew Flannagan has had his paper “Abortion as Self Defence” accepted for the 66th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (“ETS”) in San Diego, USA, from 19-21 November 2014. The abstract for Matt’s paper is as follows: Abstract Eileen McDonagh has proposed an ingenious argument for abortion rights; she concedes, for the sake of argument, that […]

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Did God Really Command Genocide? A new book by Copan and Flannagan

September 27th, 2014 9 Comments

Coming to a bookstore near you in November 2014: Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God by: Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan From Baker Publishing Group’s page: “Reconciling a violent Old Testament God with a loving Jesus Would a good, kind, and loving deity ever command the wholesale slaughter of nations? […]

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“Telling the Big Story” (or how not to engage culture with theology)

May 4th, 2014 7 Comments

One thing that tends to make my eyes glaze over is the mantra, expressed so frequently by some evangelicals in New Zealand,  that we live in a post-modern society and so theology should, instead of involving the rational defense of truth, be focused on “telling the big story” or “sharing the narrative”, and we should […]

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True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism – in Paperback

March 31st, 2014 1 Comment

The paperback version of the Kindle book, True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenges of Atheism,  which Matt wrote a chapter for, recently arrived from the publishers. This release has been re-released as True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism (the link takes you to the book’s official website). True Reason is still edited by Tom […]

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Is a Divine Command Theory Psychotic? Sam Harris on Divine Commands Part III

November 5th, 2013 2 Comments

In Sam Harris on Divine Commands Part I I criticised Harris’ characterisation of divine command meta-ethics. I refuted Harris’ contention a divine command theory is pscyopathic in Is a Divine Command Theory Pscyopathic? Sam Harris on Divine Commands: Part II. In this last post in this series, I will address Harris’s contention that a divine command theory reflects […]

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