Tyndale Fellowship Conference Philosophy of Religion Lineup

In June I will be hopping over the pond to take part in the Tyndale Fellowship’s Philosophy of Religion conference. The line up of speakers includes several friends of mine who will undoubtedly be presenting great papers. The Tyndale Lecture will be given by Harry Bunting. His talk is titled “Prolegomena to a Christian MoralContinue reading “Tyndale Fellowship Conference Philosophy of Religion Lineup”

Can Legal Philosophy Help Us Make Sense of Penal Substitution? (TGC Canada)

“Penal substitution is more than unjust, it is by definition impossible!” This line of thought represents an important objection leveled against penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) by some philosophers of religion. The key to this objection lies in a widely held definition of punishment. According to a number of philosophers of law, like Joel Feinberg andContinue reading “Can Legal Philosophy Help Us Make Sense of Penal Substitution? (TGC Canada)”

Call for Applications – “ON HUMAN NATURES: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF THEOLOGY”

As you may know, I was part of a grant Fuller received to to Analytic Theology. That grant has come to an end, but an exciting new one is about to start up. It is called “On Human Natures: Psychological Science in the Service of Theology.” Here is the low-down: We will hold three 13-dayContinue reading “Call for Applications – “ON HUMAN NATURES: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF THEOLOGY””

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview – GIVEAWAY WINNER

Not too long ago I ran a giveaway of J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig’s 2nd edition of Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. I’m happy to announce that the winner is @adivanceaUS who won via twitter! Congratulations. Please contact me through twitter to claim your prize.

My Most Significant Publication Yet…

I received a copy of Philosophia Christi (The journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society) in the mail today. It contains my article, “Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Account of Petitionary Prayer.” As wierd as it sounds this is the most personally significant essay I have ever published…. The year was 2007 and I was sitting in myContinue reading “My Most Significant Publication Yet…”

Do We Believe in Consequences? Revisiting the “Incoherence Objection” to Penal Substitution

An article I wrote defending a version of penal substitutionary atonement just came out in “Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie.” It’s a constructive model I call the “penal-consequence view.” It’s not necessarily the view I hold to but it’s a view that I think might be helpful to some who want to defendContinue reading “Do We Believe in Consequences? Revisiting the “Incoherence Objection” to Penal Substitution”

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview – GIVEAWAY!

Not too long ago – okay quite a while ago – I wrote up a few things on William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland’s second edition of Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. You can find my blog on their take on Penal Substitution here and my take on their view of the relationship to philosophyContinue reading “Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview – GIVEAWAY!”

Not Penal Substitution But Vicarious Punishment

The following is a summary/notes of Mark Murphy’s article, “Not Penal Substitution but Vicarious Punishment.” (Faith and Philosophy, 26.3, 2009) Summary: PSA fails for conceptual reasons. Punishment is an expressive action so it is not transferable. A relative of PSA, VP, is conceptually coherent. Under VP, the guilty person’s punishment consists in the suffering ofContinue reading “Not Penal Substitution But Vicarious Punishment”

ETS/EPS 2017

I’m heading to Providence, Rhode Island for my first ETS/EPS Annual Meeting. I will be presenting a paper titled: “Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Account of Petitionary Prayer: A Reformation Alternative to Contemporary Two-Way Contingency Accounts.” Basically I present a view of petitionary prayer which bucks contemporary trends and is faithful to classical theism and Reformed theology.Continue reading “ETS/EPS 2017”

Philosophy and the Christian (PFCW)

“To be ignorant and simple now – not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground – would be to throw down our weapons, and betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no otherContinue reading “Philosophy and the Christian (PFCW)”