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Ainulindalë: The God Who is Music and Beauty

“In the beginning,” the inspired writer declares, “Elohim created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the … Continue reading

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Ainulindalë: The Creation of the Angels

Eru engë, i estaina ná Ilúvatar Ardassë; ar ónes minyavë Ainur, i ner i híni sanweryo, ar nentë ósë nó ilúvë ontaina né. There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy … Continue reading

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The Inescapable Love of God: The Absurdity of Eternal Damnation

“The very idea of someone freely rejecting God forever,” writes Thomas Talbott, “is deeply incoherent and therefore logically impossible.”1 Given that eternal damnation—whether considered as the infliction of unbearable pain or maximal privation of happiness and satisfaction—represents a fate that no … Continue reading

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James Dominic Rooney’s Critique of Universalism

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. In an article entitled “The Incoherencies of Hard Universalism,” recently published in Church Life Journal (18 October 2022), James Dominic Rooney argues that universalism is a serious heresy that Christians should clearly reject. He begins his … Continue reading

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On the Putative Threat of Modal Collapse Within the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity

by Alexander Earl Prompted by Dionysius’s doctrine of God and its Neoplatonic foundations, the question of Divine freedom has been the subject of theological reflection on this blog for the past few months. That it would become a sustained avenue of … Continue reading

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The Absolute Freedom of the Simple Life

In the preceding article, we were left with questions about divine freedom: specifically, if the act of creation of essential to the divine being, as Hugh McCann claims, how does this not entail the enslavement of Deity to necessity? McCann … Continue reading

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An Utterly Dynamic State of Affairs: The God Who Is His Creating

If God is the answer to our most profound existential and metaphysical questions—the Absolute who stops all the bucks—then he must be characterized by an absence of parts and potency; otherwise, classical theists maintain, we would still find ourselves asking … Continue reading

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Divine Simplicity: Is God a Slave to his Nature?

Hugh J. McCann characterizes his book Creation and the Sovereignty of God as an exercise in perfect being theology: “I wish to defend the thesis that God is an absolutely perfect being, who as creator exercises complete sovereignty over all … Continue reading

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