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  • Saturday, June 09, 2007

    The Philosophy of the Christian Religion - excellent resource for the Christian Skeptic

    I wanted to highlight this compilation by Paul Manata - The Philosophy of the Christian Religion - an excellent online resource for the development of the well-considered Christian worldview.

    From Paul:

    Introduction: This is comparable to a book on the Philosophy of Religion. There are a few differences between this "book" and other books. You will notice that there are no (well, just one or two) arguments against the positions I've listed. This is because this "book" is also meant to substitute as an apologetics "book" for the Christian faith, hence the offensive nature. Furthermore, this "book" is intended to present the Philosophy of Christianity from a Reformed perspective and also a presupposition approach to answering many of these questions (or, what I feel is in the same “vein” as presuppositional-esk answers). I also included some dated (or, stated in a non-analytical way) statements of Omniscience and Omnipotence, the reason for this is because I feel that if one could just state the traditional reformed understandings of these doctrines one would avoid many of the so-called problems with these doctrines. I have also included "chapters" in this "book" that are not found in other Philosophy of Religion texts (e.g., Christian Theism and Abstracta). I hope this "book" serves to increase your understanding of the Reformed Faith (or, in other words, Christian Faith) as well as enables you to better defend it.

    CHAPTER 1: Arguments For God's Existence
    i. If Knowledge Then God: The Epistemological Theistic Arguments of Plantinga and Van Til. - Dr. James Anderson
    ii. Two Dozen (Or So) Theistic Arguments. - Dr. Alvin Plantinga
    iii. The Argument From Reason. - Dr. Victor Reppert
    iv. The Indispensability of Theological Meta-Ethical Foundations for Morality - Dr. William Lane Craig
    CHAPTER 2: The Problem of Evil
    i. The Problem of Evil. - Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    ii. The Bible on The Problem of Evil: Insights from Romans 3:1-8,21-26; 5:1-5; 8:28-39 -John M. Frame
    iii. Evil As Evidence for God -Grek Koukl
    iv. Why Calvinists Can't Solve The Problem of Evil. -Dr. Victor Reppert
    v. Why Calvinists Can't Solve The Problem of Evil (A Direct Response). -Steve Hays
    vi. Why Calvinists Can't Solve The Problem of Evil (An Indirect Response). - Frame, Adams, Piper, Sproul et al
    vii. Euthyphro's Dilemma. -Greg Koukl
    viii. Euthyphro, Hume, And The Biblical God. -John M. Frame
    ix. The Problem of Evil. -Greg Welty
    CHAPTER 3: Free Will and Moral Responsibility
    i. Free Will And Moral Responsibility. -John M. Frame
    ii. Determinism, Chance And Freedom. - John M. Frame
    iii. Free Will And Moral Responsibility Are Not Inconsistent. - Dr. Loraine Boettner
    iv. On Free Will. - John Calvin
    v. Compatibalism, Incompatibalism, Pessimism, Moral Responsibility, Metaphysics and Moral Psychology, and Challenges to Pessimism. - Galen Stawson, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    vi. Free Will And Responsibility. - Dr. John Byl
    vii. Arminianism and the Idol of Free Will. - John Owen
    CHAPTER 4: The Attributes of God

    [a] Time And Eternity:
    i. Is 'Timeless' Divine Action Coherent. - Dr. Michael Sudduth
    ii. Eternity. - Dr. Paul Helm
    iii. Is It Coherent to suppose that there Exists an Omniscient Timeless Being? - Dr. Michael Sudduth
    iv. God in Time. -John M. Frame
    [b] Omniscience and Human Freedom:
    i. Foreknowledge and Human Freedom. - John M. Frame

    ii. God's Foreknowledge and Free Will. - Stephen Charnock

    iii. Does Divine Timelessness Resolve the Problem of Foreknowledge and Human Freedom. - Dr. Michael Sudduth

    iv. Cross Examination: Foreordination and Free Will. - Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    [c] Omnipotence:
    i. Omnipotence. -Dr. Joshua Hoffman and Dr. Gary Rosencrantz

    ii. Omnipotence. -Dr. Edward Wierenga

    iii. Omnipotence. -Geerhardus Vos

    iv. The Lord of Power. -John M. Frame

    v. Divine Omnipotence. -Dr. Sam Storms
    CHAPTER 5: Miracles
    i. The Problem of Miracles. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    ii. Miracles: A Test Case . -Dr. Vern Poythress

    iii. Counterfeit Miracles. -B. B. Warfield
    CHAPTER 6: Faith and Reason
    i. Ready to Reason. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    ii. The Problem of Faith. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    iii. Natural Theology and the Rationality of Religious Belief. -Dr. Michael Sudduth

    iv. Theism, Atheism, and Rationality. -Dr. Alvin Plantinga

    v. How To Believe in God in The 2000s. -John M. Frame

    vi. Faith and Reason. -Dr. Michael Polanyi

    vii. Faith. -B. B. Warfield
    CHAPTER 7: Religious Language
    i. The Problem of Religious Language. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    CHAPTER 8: Christian Theism and Abstracta
    i. An Examination of Theistic Conceptual Realism As An Alternative To Theistic Activism. -Greg Welty

    ii. Theism and Mathematical Realism. -Dr. John Byl

    iii. Logic. -John M. Frame

    iv. Reforming Ontology and Logic in the Light of the Trinity: An Application of Van Til's Idea of Analogy . -Dr. Vern Poythress

    v. Creation and Mathematics; Or, What Does God Have To Do With Numbers. -Dr. Vern Poythress
    CHAPTER 9: Christianity and Science
    i. Why Scientists Must Believe in God: Divine Attributes of Scientific Law. -Dr. Vern Poythress

    ii. Is Intelligent Design Science?. -John M. Frame

    iii. Scripture and Geologists. -Dr. John Byl

    iv. When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible. -Dr. Alvin Plantinga

    v. An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism. -Dr. Alvin Plantinga

    vi. Naturalism Defeated. -Dr. Alvin Plantinga

    vii. Revelation, Speculation, and Science. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    viii. Science, Subjectivity, and Scripture. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    CHAPTER 10: Christian Ethics
    i. What Is Theonomy?. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    ii. The Authority of God's Law. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    iii. Cross Examination: A Biblical Standard For Civil Law. -Dr. Greg Bahnsen

    iv. Penultimate Thoughts on Theonomy. -John M. Frame

    v. Some Thoughts on Theonomy. -G.I. Williamson

    vi.Christian Ethics: Basic Principles. -John M. Frame

    1 comment:

    Puritan Lad said...

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