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John Hare’s God’s Command, Chapter 5: Introduction and 5.1.
Summary by Jonathan Pruitt In the previous chapter, Hare argued that it is not possible to deduce the human good from human nature. But if the human good cannot be determined this way, then where should we look? Hare suggests that those who believe in God may find that God’s commands provide a rationally satisfying and sufficiently specific account of the h...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, 4.4.3, “The Good Promise-Keeper”
summary by David Baggett For human natural goodness, Foot gives the example of an anthropologist who made a promise to a Malayan native never to photograph him. Later he could get away with doing it, and the picture would have been valuable, but he had made a promise. Foot commented about this case that in giving a promise one makes use of a special kind of ...

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Twilight Musings: “Church Bombing”
  By Elton Higgs  Our church was bombed last night.  Everybody in it was injured; time will tell whether there were any fatalities.  I’m sitting in the rubble, stunned at the damage, as I suspect many others are.  Even those who were not in the building at the time experienced collateral damage from the bombing.  It’s hard to sort out the extent to whic...

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God and Cosmos, Chapter 4, Part II (Moral Value)
summary by Frederick Choo Baggett and Walls next consider a more Platonic effort to account for intrinsic human value. Such a view is advanced by those like David Enoch and Erik Wielenberg. They focus on Wielenberg’s book, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism. Wielenberg’s view (known as robust normative re...

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John Hare’s God’s Command, Section 4.4.2, “Good Roots and Good Wolves”
summary by David Baggett Hare admits that we should accept at least one central point from Foot and Hursthouse: there is a natural goodness that is conducive to the good life, or simply the good for both animals and plants. The roots of an oak tree are an example, which play a part in the life of the tree: they obtain nourishment. It matters in the life of t...

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Twilight Musings: “Groaning Together”
   By Elton Higgs One day when I was reading the familiar passage in Rom. 8 on our hope for the final deliverance from sin through the resurrection of our bodies, I was struck with the recurrence of the verb “groan” in the space of eight verses: 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21...

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Apologetics and the Fulfillment of Prophecies
  by David Baggett Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagog...

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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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“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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