Category Archives: Philosophical Theology

When Making Makes No Nuttin’ Difference

We have to be careful. It’s easy to misconstrue the Christian claim that God has created the universe out of nothing. In his popular book Theology and Sanity, Frank Sheed writes: God made it. And He made it of nothing. … Continue reading

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Ex Nihilo Nonnihil Fit: “from nothing something comes”

Can we imagine the universe spontaneously emerging from nothing? I would have thought that the answer would obviously and logically be no—as long as nothing is understood as it was in classical philosophy and theology: the absence of any thing … Continue reading

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It’s Tortoises All the Way Down!

“In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. Yet the earth was invisible and unformed, and darkness was over the abyss, and a divine wind was being carried along over the water.” (Gen 1:1-2) That the one God … Continue reading

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Exorcizing the God of the Gaps

The rise of modern science created a problem for Christian theology. If God is not scientifi­cally needed to explain why water freezes at 32°F or why the stars come out at night, if the universe is just a self-powered machine … Continue reading

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God in Science: No Need for that Hypothesis

It’s funny how one can remember something read decades earlier but cannot remember the contents of a book read only last week. Back in seminary I read a little book by Arthur A. Vogel titled The Power of His Resurrection. … Continue reading

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How Anthropomorphic is your G-O-D?

Confession time: for most of my parochial ministry, I was a theistic personalist, to use the term coined by Brian Davies. “Egads! Tell me that’s not true.” “Yes, I’m afraid so.” “But what is a theistic personalist?” “Someone who espouses … Continue reading

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The Mystery of One

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai echad The confession of the one God is the great gift of Israel to the world—a gift not of philo­soph­ical speculation but of divine revelation. “Hear, Israel, the Lord … Continue reading

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God is not Odin, God is not Zeus, God is not Marduk

God is not Odin All-Father. God does not wield thunderbolts like Zeus. God does not make the world by slaying Tiamat and dividing her carcass to form heaven and earth. God is not god. We Christians, of course, did not … Continue reading

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