The Incarnation and James Cameron’s Avatar

Science fiction can be a great place to illustrate philosophical and, as it turns out, theological concepts. Really, it's one means that we can use to get our intuitions going about the plausibility, or even coherence, of ideas. Science fiction can be a great place to propose what philosopher's call "thought experiments." James Cameron's Avatar is one… Continue reading The Incarnation and James Cameron’s Avatar

Some Faith and Philosophy Papers by Topic

Now that Faith and Philosophy is open-access, I've collated some links to a number of papers on topics that interest me. I may add more topics over time. Hopefully somebody else will find this useful! There's no better place to start than Alvin Plantinga's "Advice to Christian Philosophers." Navigate to: Aquinas · Classical Theism · Incarnation ·… Continue reading Some Faith and Philosophy Papers by Topic

A Solution to Dale Tuggy’s Argument against Oneness Pentecostal Christology

Dr. Tuggy has provided a charitable response to this post on one of his podcast episodes. My thanks to him for taking the time to do this.   A number of years ago I discovered Dr. Dale Tuggy's website, and I ran into an argument that turned me agnostic about my views about God and Jesus.… Continue reading A Solution to Dale Tuggy’s Argument against Oneness Pentecostal Christology

Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 2)

In my first post I introduced some background information on my paper “Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’s Prayers” and explained my thesis statement. In this post I’m going to discuss Thomas Morris’ solution to what I call “the Problem of Tempting God," which lays essential groundwork for later sections of… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 2)

Jason Dulle on Patripassianism

As a continuation of my previous post on Jason Dulle's Oneness Pentecostal Christology, I want to consider how Dulle puts his model to use to avoid Patripassianism. Ultimately I will argue that Dulle's model fails to make sense of the New Testament, even on a Oneness Pentecostal theology. Varieties of Patripassianism Patripassianism is often described… Continue reading Jason Dulle on Patripassianism

Jason Dulle’s Oneness Pentecostal Christology

Jason Dulle is a Oneness Pentecostal writer who has received some formal training in theology, and has clearly studied philosophy as well. In particular, it's clear to me that Dulle has been (perhaps heavily) influenced like William Lane Craig, as he takes a number of positions that Craig does. In particular, Dulle seems to adopt… Continue reading Jason Dulle’s Oneness Pentecostal Christology

Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 1)

Sometimes those who are former adherents to a particular worldview are the better-qualified when it comes to criticizing it. One famous example of this, which anybody with a modicum of knowledge about the history of Christianity knows, is St. Augustine's interaction with the Manichees. For most of my life, Oneness Pentecostalism was my religious milieu.… Continue reading Oneness Pentecostalism, the Two-Minds View, and the Problem of Jesus’ Prayers (Part 1)

William Lane Craig and the Monarchy of the Father (Part 2)

In the last post I constructed an argument against Monarchical Trinitarianism (hereafter, MT) based on some comments that Dr. William Lane Craig gives in his Defenders 3 series on the Trinity. Essentially, I took some of Craig's comments and showed that if he thinks MT commits one to subordinationism simply because the Father has a great-making property… Continue reading William Lane Craig and the Monarchy of the Father (Part 2)