The State of Ornithology in August

I have cycled from Christianity, to Atheism, to Christianity, to Karaitism, to Christianity, to Noahidism, to Neoplatonism, before eventually deciding on Aristotelianism as the most coherent worldview (with some influence from Thomism, Stoicism and Epicureanism). Why do I believe this? Partly because I agree with the Argument from Motion, Virtue Theory, Hylemorphism, etc. But also […]

The Argument from Actualisation – And it’s Implications

Another great argument for the existence of God is the Argument from Change, or Motion, first put forth by Aristotle, and later by St Thomas Aquinas. Edward Feser, in his ‘Five Proofs’ book devotes time to the definition of change, and whether or not it exists, since philosophers such as Parmenides denied it’s existence. I […]

The Logos Principle – God’s Timelessness and Providence

According to the Classical Theist conception of God, God is timeless, he, as the upholder (I won’t quite say creator) of the space/time continuum must be transcendent of it, not part of it. The question remains however, how does a timeless being act within the world? Would this not entail him acting at a particular […]

Leibniz’s Principle of Sufficient Reason and the Existence of God

When we do science, we presuppose the existence of Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason, that everything has an explanation for it’s existence either in an external cause, or in it’s own necessity. If this principle were not true, then things could come into being without a reason, when such is not what we find. Now […]

Why I am not a Christian – Christianity and Environmental and Animal Ethics

This article by “Apologetics”Press is truly horrendous, horrendous science and horrendous scholarship, the sort of scholarship which gives Christianity a bad name. But Christianity ‘deserves’ this bad name regarding environmental ethics. The article associates ‘radical environmentalism’ with atheists, evolutionists, Buddhists, Hindus, New Age mystics, and other forms of humanism, animism, and paganism from antiquity to […]

Reclaiming Mysticism – What we mean by it

Many atheists, believers (especially fundamentalist Christians and Muslims) and supposed “mystics” (i.e. New Agers) equate all mysticism with ‘occultism’ and ‘esotericism’, i.e. the discovery of hidden knowledge through altered states of consciousness. Such a misunderstanding is unfortunate, since true mysticism denies that ‘anything’ can be comprehended from the experiences. So what do we mean by […]

The Neo-Platonic Argument for the Existence of God

Out of all the arguments for the existence of God, my favourite has to be what Edward Feser calls the Neo-Platonic Argument, originally developed by the great philosopher Plotinus. Plotinus argued that God could not have intellect, I disagree (to the extent where I believe God ‘has’ to have intellect), so I have developed my […]

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