The Good as Resistance to Secular Collectivism and Individualism

March 8, 2019

Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton My good friend, Owen Anderson, in his book ​The Natural Moral Law: The Good After Modernity, argues for the need for a natural moral law based upon the Good as the source of1unity for humankind in the context of a “new global reality.” In this book, he cites the U2 song…

Book Review: Retrieving Knowledge

January 15, 2019

Dr. Owen Anderson My friend, Dr. Kelly Burton, has a new book out that can be found here.  In this book she looks at the idea of knowledge in early Greek philosophy and its connection to the logos.  Contemporary philosophers have attempted to get around problems in defining knowledge by weakening the definition to something that does not include…

The Death of Ivan Illych and Christmas

December 23, 2018

I’m reading through “The Death of Ivan Illych” by Tolstoy and this seems like a perfect Christmas story. Just as with Scrooge, we are given a look at the hardness of the human heart and what suffering it takes to repent. Sometimes philosophers discuss what they call the hiddenness of God. This takes seriously the…

The Principle of Clarity

September 12, 2018

The Principle of Clarity (1) states that some things are clear to reason. By reason is meant the laws of thought. (2) Some things are clear to reason because we must distinguish between a and non-a, being and non-being, God and non-God, good and non-good. If the distinction between a and non-a is not clear,…

What is General Revelation?

June 20, 2018

General revelation is what can be known about God and the moral law by all persons at all times.   It is what is available to humans through creation and history. The light of nature is used to understand both general revelation and special revelation (scripture). Reason is called the light of nature because it…

Fake News: What is Truth?

May 22, 2018

Fake news comes from deep within a person’s basic beliefs about the world. The person is usually not aware of how these beliefs are shaping the spin given to a story. Fake news is the product of an anti-rational worldview that reduces humans to appetites and all human society to power. This worldview avoids and…

Clarity vs. Skepticism and Fideism

May 11, 2018

From The Clarity of God’s Existence by Dr. Owen Anderson Skepticism Clarity conflicts with skepticism. Skepticism as a universal claim says that knowledge is impossible. Some skeptics might say that some knowledge is possible but God is unknowable. If this claim is true then unbelief, as ignorance, is not culpable. Both forms of skepticism are…

On Why I Don’t Talk About Politics

May 2, 2018

Everyone wants to talk about the latest political intrigues and maneuvers. Trump Tweets. Fake news. The Russians. I dip in and out of the social media fray, but I keep my distance from political discourse. It is not because I have nothing to say that I stay away. On the contrary, I have perhaps too…

Clarity vs. Probability and Plausibility

May 2, 2018

From The Clarity of God’s Existence by Dr. Owen Anderson Clarity conflicts with the view that God’s existence is only probable. Such a position concedes that it is possible that God exists and possible that God does not exist. A given argument might make it appear more or less probable that God exists. William Lane…

Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons-Burton at ETS Far West Conference: Ancient Philosophy’s Search for the Logos and John’s Gospel

April 16, 2018

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