The traditional view of God’s relation to time – the view that is probably the default position for most Christians today – is that God is completely “outside” of time, and lives in a “timeless” eternity. Sometimes this is called the “atemporal” view (meaning something like “without time”). I’m saying that this is the “traditional” view mainly because several important early Christian philosophers & theologians believed it and wrote about it, and because it has been the dominant view for almost all of Christian history until very recently. Continue reading
Recently I was interviewed for a series of radio programs about my book God, Time, and the Incarnation. The program is Bob Enyart Live, which airs weekdays on 670AM in Denver, CO. The first air date was this past Thursday, July 24th; and the first two segments are available for streaming at the Bob Enyart Live website kgov.com.
I created a new page on my ‘blog that readers can use to submit questions on the topic of God’s relation to time – click here to submit a question, or click on the page link “Ask Questions: God and Time” from the main menu. I’ll compile the questions and post them – along with my responses – in future ‘blog posts.
My friend Evan Lenow has a good post today about abortion. He quotes and analyzes some of what Peter Singer has had to say.
I wanted to do a follow-up post to my last post on the topic of abortion. If you read that post first, this one might make more sense.
The typical argument, expressed somewhat more formally, is:
1. It is immoral to kill a human being.
2. Abortion is the killing of a human being.
3. Therefore, abortion is immoral. Continue reading
I wanted to address the way abortion is discussed in pop culture and in philosophy. I’m not going to say whether abortion is immoral (I’ll save that for another post); but rather I want to point out some clarifications that I think need to be made in the context of the abortion debate. These clarifications must be made if there is ever going to be serious dialogue among those who disagree on the morality of abortion. Continue reading
German philosophers are an interesting sort. They tend to be strange fellows, their writings obscure, their ideas difficult to understand. But there is one idea that one particular German philosopher had that is clear as clear can be.
Immanuel Kant (1704-1824; and perhaps it would be more accurate to call him “Prussian” instead of “German”) is one of the more well known philosophers in the West. He is well known for many of his ideas, but I find his moral theory especially interesting. Kant’s theory is called “deontology,” and in developing his views, he sought to describe clear moral principles that could apply in any situation. Here is one of his key moral principles:
Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another, always as an end and never as a means only.
The term “good Samaritan” is well known in our culture. It refers to someone who selflessly does good in order to help someone in need. But when Jesus first told the parable from which the term comes, his audience considered a “Samaritan” to be anything but “good.” And that was the point. Continue reading