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by Jim B.
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: What is free will?
Replies: 4
Views: 28

Re: What is free will?

Metaphysical free will: My actions are not necessitated by the past nor are they random. I think this is the kind of free will that Christians have in mind, not a compatibilist version.
by Jim B.
Wed May 30, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: feelimg of utter depmdence freedom from need to prove
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: feelimg of utter depmdence freedom from need to prove

We experience a s se of unity in the life world that gives us a notion of a higher unity that;s pretty straight forward, like seeing red gives us the idea we see red, can you ask that of one claiming to see red? But the point of belief in God isn't merely phenomenological; it's ontological or metap...
by Jim B.
Mon May 28, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: feelimg of utter depmdence freedom from need to prove
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: feelimg of utter depmdence freedom from need to prove

What is commonly translated "feeling"is not an emotional sense but a sensation or an intuitive sense. It is common to find even theologians defining it as an emotional or sentimental experience but this is something William S. Babcock warned us about at Perkins when I was in seminary. I think the p...
by Jim B.
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: against Physicalism

Yeah, it's no problem. It was an interesting point. Too interesting to let it remain a "dangler"!
by Jim B.
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: against Physicalism

What counts as "information"? The naive everyday sense of the word always relates to agents, human or non-human, but not, say, atoms (if atom A hits atom B, it is not informing B of its position). So arguments that relate information to physicalism must be more subtle... This doesn't mean that info...
by Jim B.
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: From David Albert's review of Krauss;'s universe from nothin
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: From David Albert's review of Krauss;'s universe from nothin

But then some of them say that the laws and such are not anyTHING, but only mathematical abstractions. (IMSkeptical has said that to me.) But isn't everything analyzed at a small enough scale that way?
by Jim B.
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: The age old question

I am reading a book on Sartre right now, and wonder exactly whether a kind of non-theological theodicy is demanded by existentialism; not suffering exactly but dissatisfaction arising from not realizing our freedom? Sorry, this is vague.

Bad faith?
by Jim B.
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: The age old question

The Soteriological Drama theodicy makes more sense to me as a species of a broader category. It seems that all of the evil in the world, only a small fraction of which effects people, has to be due to a more basic relation between God and creation. Maybe evils are the consequence of a necessary prec...
by Jim B.
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: The age old question

I would say that in Xianity, suffering is the consequence of an evil which is turning away from God. Suffering can be a good or a neutral thing; it can be ennobling, build character, encourage empathy, discourage arrogance and self-righteousness, etc.