This is the continuation of the imaginary dialogue between Augustine and Hypatia begun in the last post. Moderator: I fear that the discussion once again is descending into mutual recrimination. To get us back on track, let me get back to a point that was raised earlier. It seems to me that one real strength … Augustine Versus Hypatia (Part II)
For the edification of my students, and for fun, I have written some dialogues that resurrected figures from the past and allowed them to debate. I set these debates as part of programs on “The Afterlife Broadcasting Company.” I assume that the participants have become aware of intellectual developments since their day. Here I have … Augustine Versus Hypatia (Part I)
It has been over a year since I contributed to Secular Outpost. Multiple responsibilities and distractions took me away. I would like to return to SO with a post that is somewhat tangential to our usual discussion topics here, but the issue is so important that I think we need to discuss it whenever we … Is Racism America’s Original Sin?
Here, again, are the two options of the Euthyphro dilemma: (I) The reason that God commands that we perform morally obligatory actions is that they are morally obligatory. (II) Morally obligatory actions are morally obligatory in virtue of the fact that God commands that we perform them. I have written five parts in this series … The Euthyphro Dilemma, Part 6: Arbitrariness and Normative Impotence
WHY ARE FICTIONAL OLD TESTAMENT STORIES MORALLY RELEVANT? There probably was no Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and there probably was no Conquest of Canaan by the Israelites. These stories are either pure fiction, or they are legends that have only bits and pieces of historical truth in them. So, if the stories about … Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? Part 13: OT on Child Sacrifice