Category Archives: Skepticism

New Book: Retrieving Knowledge

My friend, Dr. Kelly Burton, has a new book out that can be found here.  In this book she looks at the idea of knowledge in early Greek philosophy and its connection to the logos.  Contemporary philosophers have attempted to get … Continue reading

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Ask a Philosopher: Why Study Philosophy?

Ask a Philosopher:  I often get questions in emails about my blog or books.  I have been replying to these on email but decided I might also start posting answers as part of a series “ask a philosopher.”  Who wouldn’t want … Continue reading

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Some Things Are Clear

In my 2008 book “The Clarity of God’s Existence” I wrote about the principle of clarity.  In that work the principle of clarity states that if the failure to know God (unbelief) is without excuse, then it must be clear … Continue reading

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Ask a Philosopher: Humility

I often get questions in emails about my blog or books.  I have been replying to these on email but decided I might also start posting answers as part of a series “ask a philosopher.”  Who wouldn’t want to ask … Continue reading

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God and Truth VI Talk Overview

This is an outline of my talk from the God and Truth VI panel: I would like to argue three things. First, a common false dichotomy; second, the meaning of meaning; third, meaning and reason. First, the presentation of the … Continue reading

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God and Truth VI

Join us on Tuesday, Oct 23, for God and Truth VI.  This year we will discuss how to find meaning.  Can nihilism be avoided if we deny that there is anything clear?

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Knowledge and Proof

Knowledge and Proof I overheard this discussion today (only slightly fictionalized): Tim: You can do what is right without being able to prove it is right, otherwise 98% of people would not be able to do what is right. Soc: … Continue reading

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Reason and Faith

I recently gave a talk titled “What is Reason?”  This might seem very abstract and it is.  I am asking for a definition of “reason” in itself, not reason as defined by how it is used by some humans.  Just … Continue reading

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The Value of Philosophy

For one of my classes we read Bertrand Russell’s The Value of Philosophy.  In this work he considers a number of benefits that come from the study of philosophy.  The one he especially emphasizes is that it teaches us what we … Continue reading

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Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

From one of my lectures: Hume’s “Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion” involve three fictional speakers named Philo, Demea, and Cleanthes. These three discuss natural theology, or what can be known about God and the world from reason apart from revealed religion. … Continue reading

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