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God and Cosmos Chapter 3: The Problem of Evil, Freedom, and Moral Responsibility
Summary by Frederick  Choo Part 1 In this chapter, Baggett and Walls talk about the problem of evil. This is not the problem of evil as often heard in philosophy of religion (Why is there evil if a good and all-powerful God exists?). Instead, they refer to Susan Neiman who traced the problem of evil in modern thought. The problem of evil is that the world is...

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17 bassano school Good Samaritan (after Francesco Bassano)

1650-1656

Artists
After Bassano, Francesco:Italian artist, 1470/75-1539/41 Italian artist, 1470/80-1539 Italian painte:    more

After ULANTeniers, David II

Oil on panel

Height: 18.1 cm; Width: 24 cm

Acquisition
Princes Gate; bequest; 1978
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London
Attending to the Least of These in the Age of Trump
  Editor’s Note: This essay was originally posted at Christ and Pop Culture.  by Marybeth Davis Baggett “Even if you have this baby, I’m not going to love you.” Nearly twenty-four years later, despite my having faced and overcome many challenges since that time and finally feeling secure in God’s faithfulness and his plan for me, memory of these words c...

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Sermon on the Mount
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John Hare’s God’s Command, Chapter 4, Section 4.2, “Consensus Deductivism”:
Summary by David Baggett What about Adams’s claim that we can fix the reference of ‘good’ by the evaluations of most of the people most of the time? His analogy is water, which people refer to regularly; what constitutes water is something else, and on an imagined twin earth they do not have water at all, but something else, let’s assume, like XYZ. The struc...

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Twilight Musings: “Election Reflections”
   By Elton Higgs Along with many other citizens, I’m sitting here the morning after the election trying to sort out where the results leave us as a nation, and especially as Christian citizens.  I’m relieved, as are many others, that the long, shabby campaign is finally over and we’re no longer bombarded by political junk mail, phone calls, attack ads,...

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A. Thornhill’s The Chosen People: Chapter 2: “God Chose Whom?”
Summary by C. P. Davis In this chapter, Thornhill, after drawing out the distinction between what he terms “individual” and “corporate” election, discusses individual election in Second Temple thought. He begins by first noting that there is a touch of artificiality to these two terms, inasmuch as neither of them is used within Second Temple literature. This...

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Twilight Musings: “Power, Holiness, and the Ark”
The Ark of the Covenant was created according to God’s specifications to house three items: the two stone tablets on which were written the Decalogue; a container of God’s miraculous manna from the wilderness wanderings; and Aaron’s rod that budded as evidence of his divine appointment as High Priest.  The Ark was the center of God’s Presence in the Tabernac...

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Sermon On The Mount
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Cosimo Rosselli, 1481
John Hare’s God’s Command, Chapter 4, “Can We Deduce Morality from Human Nature?” Section 4.1.2: The Fittingness of the Law to our Nature
Summary by David Baggett Recall Adams’ answer to the famous arbitrariness objection to DCT: God’s command is not arbitrary in the contemporary pejorative sense because it commands what is good, but it has discretion over which good things to require. To make this picture work we need an account of goodness. Chapter 1 suggested that a person who says a thing ...

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Twilight Musings: “Some Things I’ve Learned by Living this Long”
   By Elton Higgs Occasionally at this stage of my life, I think perhaps I’ve lived this long because there were things God wanted me to know that I wasn’t ready to accept when I was younger.  Perhaps you would like to know what a couple  of those things are. Lesson 1: No amount of beating up on myself will compensate for my imperfections.  Early in my ...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, Chapter 4, “Can We Deduce Morality from Human Nature?” Introduction & Section 4.1.1: The Non-Deducibility of the Law from our Nature:
Summary by David Baggett Introduction: Hare has been arguing that eudaemonism (in the four forms discussed) does not have a proper place for what Scotus calls, following Anselm, the affection for justice. The present chapter is about a different dividing question in moral theory: can morality be deduced from “natural” facts, or from statements about the “nat...

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“A sense of sin is almost totally lacking. Our situation is thus very different from that of the Apostles. The Pagans (and still more the metuentes “god-fearers”) to whom they preached were haunted by a sense of guilt and to them the Gospel was, therefore, ‘good news’. We address people who have been trained to believe that whatever goes wrong in the world is someone else’s fault—the Capitalists’, the Government’s, the Nazis’, the Generals’, etc. They approach God Himself as His judges. They want to know, not whether they can be acquitted for sin, but whether He can be acquitted for creating such a world.”

C. S. Lewis, “Christian Apologetics,” in God in the Dock