Monthly Archives: June 2015

Humean Newman

In one of his Grammar of Assent‘s more famous lines, Newman remarks: “As to Logic, its chain of conclusions hangs loose at both ends; both the point from which the proof should start, and the points at which it should arrive, … Continue reading

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Mark reads Ezekiel 36-37

Some observations on Mark 5:21-43, inspired in part by a sermon delivered this morning at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner. This pericope is one of the famous “Markan sandwiches,” in which one narrative interrupts another … Continue reading

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The Imperial Judiciary Lives

So begins Antonin Scalia’s scathing, wickedly funny dissent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. His words were the first that came to mind when I read that the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, has just discovered a … Continue reading

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Paul’s Universalism?

As David Hart observed recently, Romans 5:18 is a verse with hard-to-avoid universalist implications: “ἄρα οὖν ὡς δι’ ἑνὸς παραπτώματος εἰς πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἰς κατάκριμα οὕτως καὶ δι’ ἑνὸς δικαιώματος εἰς πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἰς δικαίωσιν ζωῆς.” (“Therefore as by the offence … Continue reading

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The Rock That Followed Them

Paul comments that during their wilderness wanderings, Israel “drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Cor 10:4). Why does Paul think that the rock “followed them”? Here’s a simple explanation (one I believe … Continue reading

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Berkeley and Aquinas on Matter and Epistemological Realism

Does matter exist? Bishop Berkeley famously said, No, a thesis which has earned him a reputation as a brilliant crank (emphasis on “crank”). Here’s his argument: Wood, stones, fire, water, flesh, iron, and the like things, which I name and … Continue reading

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Aaron’s rod and its prophetic interpreters

Numbers 17:1-11 relates how the LORD causes a “rod” with Aaron’s name on it to blossom and bring forth flowers and almonds, while the rods belonging the princes of the twelve tribes remain barren. This sign demonstrates the LORD’s election … Continue reading

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