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John Hare’s God’s Command, 4.4: “Foot and Hursthouse on Deductivism”
Summary by David Baggett  Foot gave three striking examples that can organize this section of the chapter: an example from vegetable life, from non-human animal life, and from human life. We will look at these, and then consider some additions to the theory by Hursthouse. But before turning to those: Hare’s main criticism is that Foot and Hursthouse treat ou...

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Twilight Musings: “The Heady Cocktail of Righteous Indignation”
  By Elton Higgs  Recently I have been made aware of some confrontations between Christian brothers and sisters that highlight how easy it is for people who differ to retreat into opposing fortresses of righteous indignation, thereby effectively guaranteeing that there will be no resolution of their contentious differences.  Of course, this happens in t...

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Twilight Musings: “Two Child Sacrifices”
By Elton Higgs  The account of Abraham being ordered by God to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering is shocking, not only to our natural sensibilities, but to our understanding of God.  The same God who issued this command to Abraham says through the prophet Jeremiah that Judah’s burning of its children as sacrifices is one of the “detestable things” ...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, 4.3.3, “Ideals”
Summary by David Baggett The third topic is a particular kind of value, which we can call “ideals.” Foot gives as an example men who opposed the Nazis and were captured; their letters showed they were capable of enjoying life. They didn’t exactly sacrifice their happiness; they instead realized that happiness was no longer an option. Still, they accepted the...

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Twilight Musings: “Women – Paragons or Pariahs?”
  By Elton Higgs  One way of describing the Fall is to say that Eve and Adam “bit off more than they could chew.”  They plunged into territory that they were utterly unable to cope with, and the end of their escapade had terrible consequences for all their descendants.  On a much smaller scale, one which I trust will cost my children nothing, I may neve...

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Jesus, the Bible, and Moral Knowledge (Part 1: Epistemology and Worldview)
By Jonathan Pruitt  Introduction Humanity can have some moral knowledge without encountering the written Word of God. People throughout the world know that the proposition, “it always wrong to torture children for fun” is true. The Bible itself says that at least some moral knowledge is available through general revelation (Romans 1:18; 2:14). However, this ...

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John Hare’s God’s Command 4.3.2, “Moral Properties”
Summary by David Baggett Anti-realism about moral value is a thesis not about judgment, but about the moral or evaluative properties that are picked out in such judgment. The thesis is that these properties are not metaphysically real. Hare guesses that Foot’s sympathies were with the metaphysical realist. This is certainly true of Hursthouse, whose view is ...

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Twilight Musings: “Why Does New Year’s Day Come After Christmas?”
By Elton Higgs  There is no inherent reason that the celebration of New Year’s Day should be only a week after the observance of Christmas, but Westerners have accommodated quite comfortably to the opportunity to have an extended holiday.  Historically speaking, the juxtaposition of Christmas and New Year’s Day seems not to have been designed, but rather cam...

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Twilight Musings: “The Ambiguous Branch”
By Elton Higgs  Two Messianic passages in Isaiah speak of the Savior as a shoot from an apparently dead source, but they are starkly different in tone.  In Isaiah 11 we have a mighty King: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. . . .  [W]ith righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with ...

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Three Reasons Christmas Matters for Morality
By Jonathan Pruitt  At this time of year, Christmas images are everywhere. As we walk into the grocery store, we see Santa and his reindeer painted in the window, adorned by the phrase, “Peace on earth, good will to men.” As we drive by a neighbor’s house, we notice a brightly lit nutcracker. Close beside, a nativity. These decorations go up right after Than...

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Moral Transformation in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces
  by Ashley Starnes Introduction If asked what morality looks like, many would say it’s listening to one’s conscience or, particularly if speaking to a Christian, following the instructions laid out in the Bible. However, C. S. Lewis describes a process of total moral transformation which is significantly more involved, including divine intervention in ...

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“The book that truly got to me was Romans. It spoke to me about human evil, the way our deepest selves struggle against our best intentions, and I felt a shock of recognition: This is it! This is me! Nobody else gets this right! Some liberal theologians seem to think that talk of sin drives people away from Christianity (‘so negative, after all’). To me, the traditional Christian view of sin was attractive because it was obviously true.”

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