Category Archives: Philosophy

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873): The Divine Attributes

John Stuart Mill was an original thinker. In fact, his father brought him up to be an original thinker, teaching him Latin and Greek at a very early age. By the time he became a teenager, Mill had learned both … Continue reading

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NOTES on John Hick (1922-2012): Evil and the God of Love

John Hick (1922-2012): Evil and the God of Love A theodicy is an attempt to justify the goodness of God despite the presence of evil in the world. John Hick is an important philosopher/theologian who has developed what we can … Continue reading

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NOTES on Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (born 1935): When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner. New York: Avon Books, 1981. When Bad Things Happen to Good Peopleis a book of theology and philosophy that became a best seller. At Ohio University, philosophy professor Donald … Continue reading

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NOTES on Deuteronomic Theology of History: Suffering Viewed as Merited Punishment

God and the Bible The Bible is a collection of more than 60 literary works; many authors wrote it over a period of more than 10 centuries. Despite this, there is a unifying theme to the Bible: A personal God … Continue reading

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David Bruce (born 1954): The Problem of Evil

Let’s say you are walking along the sidewalk and suddenly you hear a scream for help from the other side of the street. You look and you see a gang of men has started raping a woman. What do you … Continue reading

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NOTES on Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005): The Metaphorical Process

Paul Ricoeur is an important philosopher of language who investigated the use of metaphor in religious and poetic language. Definitions of Metaphor Before seeing what Ricoeur has to say about metaphor, let’s make sure we understand what a metaphor is. … Continue reading

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NOTES on Ian Ramsey (1915-1972): Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern

Ian Ramsey: Use Models to Talk About God Ian Ramsey gives us yet another way of speaking about God. We can talk about God in terms of models. A model is a way of speaking about God that allows us … Continue reading

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