Can We Use Reason to Understand God?

Many times in conversations with Christians, I have heard the claim that God cannot be understood using reason. Some Christians will bring up the doctrine of the Trinity as an objection to using reason to understand God, seemingly admitting that the doctrine is not rational. The reason usually given is that God is beyond reasonContinue reading “Can We Use Reason to Understand God?”

A Critical Analysis of the Hypostatic Union

In this post, I will offer a critique of the traditional Christian doctrine of the hypostatic union of Christ’s person. This doctrine asserts that Christ was both truly God and truly man. The orthodox position on the relation of the two natures in Christ has historically been that Christ was not two persons but ratherContinue reading “A Critical Analysis of the Hypostatic Union”

The Independence and Oneness of God

In discussing the oneness of God, two particular doctrines often come into mind: divine simplicity and divine aseity. These are closely related, and the same arguments may be used to establish both. In this post, I wish to first present arguments for the simplicity and aseity of God; then I will discuss the implications ofContinue reading “The Independence and Oneness of God”

A Historical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

So far, I have given four analyses of the doctrine of the Trinity—logical, philosophical, theological, and biblical. I will now give a historical analysis of this doctrine which has for so long been the central understanding of God’s nature in mainstream Christianity and in the more dominant churches. In this post, I wish to presentContinue reading “A Historical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity”

An Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

One of the most interesting arguments for the existence of God is what is known as the ontological argument. (Ontological just means referring to the study of existence.) One of the things that makes this argument so interesting and so unique is that it attempts to argue for the existence of God from completely rationalContinue reading “An Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God”

The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God

Previously, I discussed the four cosmological arguments of Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica. I also mentioned that Aquinas presented five arguments or five “ways” of demonstrating the existence of God. The fifth way is commonly known as a teleological argument, which is essentially an argument from design. Teleology deals with the end, finality, orContinue reading “The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God”

An Analysis of Aquinas’s Cosmological Arguments

Thomas Aquinas was a medieval Christian philosopher who is known as one of the most important figures in the history of the Catholic Church. One of the things that he is most known for is his five arguments for the existence of God, which are found in Aquinas’s Summa Theologica (Summary of Theology). Four ofContinue reading “An Analysis of Aquinas’s Cosmological Arguments”

Religion and Relationship

I believe that religion and relationship go hand in hand. Religion becomes detestable in the eyes of the people when it loses the aspect of relationship. The two should not be separated. Now, there are two types of relationship that should exist within religion: vertical and horizontal. The vertical aspect is that between the divineContinue reading “Religion and Relationship”

Free Will, Love, Justice, and Reason

In my last podcast episode and blog post, I talked about Calvinist and Lutheran views of divine determinism. In this post, I will be focusing on the other side of the determinism vs. free will debate. I will be discussing libertarian free will as it relates to love, justice, and reason. What my goal isContinue reading “Free Will, Love, Justice, and Reason”

A Philosophical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is described as three persons of one essence. I discussed in my previous post that it is logically incoherent to say that three can be God but not also be each other, since this would go against the Transitive Law: if a (the Father), b (the Son), and c (theContinue reading “A Philosophical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity”