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Divine Command Theory and Utilitarianism forgotten bedfellows? Paley’s Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (part two)

January 18th, 2018 1 Comment

In my last post, I explained the position of Theological Utilitarianism as expounded in William Paley’s The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy. I pointed out The Principles was first published in 1785, four years before Jeremy Bentham published An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. In this post, I want to look at the influence Theological Utilitarianism had […]

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An Interesting Comparison

February 4th, 2016 5 Comments

This from Occupy Democrats: This from the Unites States Founding Fathers: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature […]

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Contra Mundum: Religion and Violence

June 1st, 2011 41 Comments

On 1 May 2011 the world received the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead; gunned down in Pakistan by an elite team of US Navy Seals. Even before his death Bin Laden had become a legendary persona. Not only was he a terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents but he […]

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Waitangi’s Christian Heritage

February 6th, 2011 No Comments

It is Waitangi Day in New Zealand today; the day where we remember the signing of the treaty of Waitangi in 1840. This morning at church I had the privilege of hearing a very interesting talk from my Pastor, Rev. Dr Stuart Lange about the lead up to the Treaty signing. Stuart is a church […]

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Tim McGrew’s Library of Historical Apologetics: Rediscovering Forgotten Defenders of the Faith

August 19th, 2010 16 Comments

Last year Timothy McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University (and reader of and occasional commenter on this blog) was kind enough to ship us a hard-drive from the US filled with thousands of old theological works on the historical argument for the truth of Christianity. It is truly a gold-mine of information, which Matt gets himself […]

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Freedom, Science and Christianity: A Response to James Valliant Part II

February 18th, 2010 2 Comments

Recently Peter Cresswell published a guest post by James Valliant, which originally appeared on SOLO. In Freedom, Science and Christianity: A Response to James Valliant Part I, I addressed Valliant’s claims that science and freedom of religion were unanimously opposed by Christians and the success of science and freedom of religion in Europe was solely […]

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Freedom, Science and Christianity: A Response to James Valliant Part I

February 12th, 2010 14 Comments

Recently Peter Cresswell published a guest post by James Valliant, which originally appeared on SOLO. The following series is a critique of this piece. Valliant’s basic thesis is that, Both science and freedom came about among European Christians despite the best efforts of pious Christians to prevent their development, and only on a foundation of […]

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