The Doctrine of the Trinity

A pertinent question for the early church was Jesus’ relationship to God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Establishing any cogent account of God’s essence needed textual justification which arose out of the apostles's experiences with the risen Christ. Out of these texts the early church fathers developed more precise theological language to supplement how …

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Consciousness, Personhood, and the Fetus

Are fetuses persons? Interestingly enough, according to some philosophers of mind and certain pro-choice advocates, the answer is no. This means that you yourself were never a fetus despite biological science stating that your body was once the size of a peanut with a developing heart, lungs, and nervous system. On the face of it, …

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Against Determinism and Compatibilism

As I mentioned on my post defending free will (1), one of the alternatives to determinism and libertarian freedom is compatibilism. It is named as such due to its contention that moral responsibility and determinism can be harmonized. The compatibilist would join the libertarian in maintaining moral responsibility is a reality while agreeing with the …

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Presumptuous Lenses in Religious Studies

The experience of religion in both individuals and societies throughout time has greatly impacted the course of human events, but religion itself has caused controversy over its essence and origins within the field of religious studies. In order to reach certain conclusions concerning how religion ought to be understood, the presuppositions as to whether or …

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The Pro-Life Ethic, Part Two: The Death Penalty

In this second installment on my series on the pro-life ethic (PLE), I will attempt to argue the death penalty is contrary to maintaining a consistent PLE. As defined in part one (1), the PLE is an ethic which affirms the inherent moral worth of human beings. Further, this affirmation of the inherent moral worth must …

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