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Analytic Moral Theology as Christ-Shaped Philosophy

This paper contributes to the “Christ-Shaped Philosophy” web project by claiming that analytic moral theology is an important form of Christ-shaped moral philosophy. For the analytic moral theologian takes Christ to be the starting point for moral reflection, given that He is our moral and intellectual exemplar. Christ is also the end of such moral reflection, insofar as the proper aims of analytic moral theology include both the imitation of and union with Christ Himself.

This type of Christ-shaped moral philosophy begins with inquiry into the character of Jesus Christ and properly ends with the application of the results of that inquiry to the personal and social lives of those who seek to follow the “outcast Galilean.”

The paper concludes with a call for Christian moral philosophers and analytic moral theologians to imitate the pattern in philosophy of religion by producing scholarship of the highest quality and then translating that scholarship into more popular forms in service to the church and the world.

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Philosophia Christi Winter 2012: Paul Moser’s Religious Epistemology

The very next issue of Philosophia Christi has now mailed! If you are not a current member/subscriber, you can become one today by purchasing here.

This packed issue leads with a resourceful discussion on Paul K. Moser’s religious epistemology, with contributions by Katharyn Waidler, Charles Taliaferro, Harold Netland and a final reply by Moser. This journal contribution not only extends interest and application of Moser’s epistemology but also compliments the EPS web project on “Christ-Shaped Philosophy”.

We also feature interesting work in philosophical theology, including how one might understand “friendship with Jesus” (Michael McFall), the scope of divine love (Jordan Wessling), and how one’s view of original sin relates to a broad free-will defense (W. Paul Franks).

Other significant article contributions address criticisms against Plantinga’s conditions for warrant (Mark Boone), the latest in cosmology and arguments for God’s existence (Andrew Loke) along with further challenges against “central state materialism” (Eric LaRock).

Readers will not want to miss J.P. Moreland’s critique of Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos along with the critique of Christian physicalism by Jonathan Loose. Michael Austin provides a helpful philosophical account of the virtue of humility in light of social science considerations, and Amos Yong critically assesses “relational apologetics” in a global context.

Finally, this issue features book reviews by William Lane Craig, James Stump, Paul Copan, James Bruce and Jason Cruze about books related to the latest on science and theology, cosmology, metaethics, and ethics of abortion. 

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Can We Know Anything if Naturalism is True?

This brief essay considers the ontological implication of Scott Smith’s central thesis in Naturalism and our Knowledge of Realityby focusing on one mental phenomenon, the phenomenon of intentionality, in order to see whether an argument to God from intentionality can be generated.

In his book, Smith offers a bold and sustained attack of naturalism and its ability to deliver us knowledge. His master argument is a kind of transcendental argument: If philosophical naturalism is true, then we do not have knowledge of reality. We do have knowledge of reality, therefore it is not the case that philosophical naturalism is true.

This essay concludes with a particular challenge: We need more work that advances the following kind of argument: if, as the theist claims, God exists and is the source of all reality distinct from Himself, then any existent phenomena that is not God, ought (in principle, at least) be able to figure into a premise of a philosophical argument with a theological conclusion.

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A Rejoinder to the Rejoinders of Graham Oppy and William Hasker

As part of a continuing discussion on “Christ-Shaped Philosophy,” this paper is a reply to the latest rejoinders from Graham Oppy and William Hasker.

The paper contends that the position of my essay “Christ-shaped Philosophy” escapes their objections and hence is more resilient than they suppose.

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Replies to Moser and Di Ceglie on Christ-Shaped Philosophy

This paper continues the discussion on “Christ-Shaped Philosophy,” as advanced by Paul Moser’s paper.

Helpful comments from Paul Moser and Roberto Di Ceglie suggest–to me–a need for sharpening my previous response.I try to do this here.

I see a prima facie tension between three claims that Moser makes for “Christ-shaped philosophy”:

  1. “Christ-shaped philosophy is distinctive in virtue of its content”;
  2. “Christ-shaped mathematics” is not distinctive in virtue of its content;
  3. “Christ-shaped philosophy” is a model for “Christ-shaped mathematics”.

I do not yet see how Moser proposes to resolve this prima facie tension.

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Call for Papers: 2013 Southwest Region of the EPS

Southwest Regional Meeting

“The Problem of Evil”

March 1-2, 2013

Dallas Theological Seminary


The Southwest Region of the EPS invites submissions of abstracts for this year’s regional meeting. This year’s theme is “The Problem of Evil.”
The theme of the Evangelical Theological Society’s regional meeting, held concurrently with the EPS meeting, will be “Evangelical Responses to Neo-Atheist Assaults on God’s Goodness and Justice.” Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University and past president of the EPS, will be the keynote speaker for the regional ETS meeting.
We welcome submissions on other philosophical topics, especially in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, though papers dealing with the meeting’s theme are preferred.
One-page abstracts should be submitted by January 15, 2013.  We will build the schedule and announce decisions by February 1, 2013.  Please ensure that abstracts include the author’s name, school affiliation, and paper title.  Please direct submissions to:
Ben Arbour
Program Chair, 2013 Southwest Regional Meeting of the EPS
Douglas Blount
Chair of the Southwest Regional Meeting of the EPS

Call for Papers: 2013 Far West Region of the EPS

We seek to fill six EPS parallel sessions available to us at the upcoming ETS Far West Regional meeting, to be held at Vanguard University, Friday, April 19, 2012, from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

We would like to encourage a good range of faculty and student presentations:

1. Paper proposals may be on any philosophical topic of interest to Christian philosophers, theologians, or biblical studies scholars.

2. Please submit a short abstract (no more than 200 words) to, BY JAN 31, 2013

3. Be sure your proposal is in a format compatible with Microsoft Word for Windows.

4. Sessions are limited to 40 or 45 minutes, so please plan on taking no longer than 25-30 minutes to read your paper, so as to allow for time for questions and answers.

The ETS theme is: “”The Spirit and the People of God: Evangelical Perspectives.” Dr. Michael Horton will be the ETS plenary speaker. There will be an optional banquet after the parallel sessions are over.

Note: If your proposal is accepted, you still will need to register for the conference through ETS.

Call for Papers: 2013 Southeast Region of the EPS

11th Spring Meeting
in conjunction with the Southeast Region of the Evangelical Theological Society
Overall plenary speaker: Dr. William Dembski
Anderson University (SC)
March 22-23, 2013

We are pleased to welcome our EPS plenary speaker, Dr. Mark Linville, Professor of Philosophy at Clayton State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. Dr. Linville will be speaking on God and morality.

1. Send philosophy paper proposals/abstracts (300-500 words), with name, school, and email contact information by February 1st, 2013 by email to the program director, Dave Reiter

Some priority is given to EPS members. Conference presenters must be registered for the ETS/EPS conference. The conference will be March 22-23, hosted by Anderson University, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina, 29621.

2. To become a member of the EPS, go to

3. Conference registration (starting in January) through the Evangelical Theological Society:

Dave Reiter
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Erskine College
Due West, SC 29639 

Two Wisdoms, Two Philosophies: A Rejoinder to Moser

This paper is part of a continuining discussion on “Christ-Shaped Philosophy,” and specifically an extension of what was originally said here and a follow-up in light of Paul Moser’s reply here.

This paper acknowledges that it was a mistake to think that Moser’s estimate of professional philosophy is both too high and too low.On the contrary, his estimate of the discipline, as stated in his two papers and his reply to me, is unrelentingly negative.

But his own practice of the discipline, however, seems to be inconsistent with his recommendations, and I believe we should follow his practice rather than those recommendations.

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