The Nature of Justification

The doctrine of justification serves as the fundamental issue dividing Christian traditions, particularly Protestantism and Catholicism. What rests on this question is not only the Christian’s current status before God but also the implications for how the Christian ought to live and why. While this doctrine encompasses a broad range of questions, the three main …

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Scripture as Narrative

Scripture’s significance within the first couple hundred years of the early church was predicated on the claims about itself and the patristic deductions from these claims. Starting with the Hebrew Bible, the early church fathers argued for Jesus Christ’s fulfillment of these scriptures. They utilized Old Testament prophecy coupled with the direction of the Scriptures …

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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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