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Virtue Ethics Accommodates Determinism?

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Most advocates of a MacIntyrian or Aristotelian virtue-ethics might not immediately agree. But consider: Most of our behavior, according to the virtue-ethicist, is in fact predetermined by previous determinations of the will, which usually result in observable patterns of repeated action, . . . . Continue Reading »

RIP, Facts

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The Chicago Tribune mourns the loss of what has made discourse, political or otherwise, possible for so long: Facts. The rhetoric of politicians, from Bill Clinton to Mitt Romney, seems to have been the primary cause of death. Allan West’s declaration that as many as eighty-one of his fellow . . . . Continue Reading »

Bering’s Belief Instinct

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The late philosopher Antony Flew once offered a parable of what he saw as the trouble with most theological assertions: Two explorers came upon a clearing in the woods, in which they found flowers and weeds. “Some gardener must tend this plot,” said one explorer. But the other replied, “No, there is no gardener.” So they pitched camp and set a watch… . Continue Reading »

Is Natural Law Convincing?

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R. J. Snell, writing for Public Discourse , tries to answer the question of whether natural law is persuasive to anyone not already convinced:  First, natural lawyers needn’t convince or persuade anyone, for in an important way natural law cannot be proven—law is the  condition . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelical Concern and Neuroscience

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Evangelical pastor Steve Cornell writes on the worrying dilemma that many Christian counselors and therapists find themselves in when faced with the increasingly reductionist findings of neuroscience: With this view of human responsibility, it should not be too surprising that evangelicals . . . . Continue Reading »