The next Vox Apologia is on the cosmological argument for the existence of God, and I happen to have some ready-made notes on it from back when I taught a course that included it as a topic, so I've decided I might as well post them and submit it as an entry. These notes were last modified September 21, 2001, so they may not reflect my current thought. I'm not editing them at all. Also, I should say that my presentation depends heavily on William Rowe's work, most importantly the short article he wrote for introductory courses that appears in Reason and Responsibility, ed. Feinberg and Shafer-Landau, with one reference to the other text we used in that course, Jan Cover and Rudy Garns's Theories of Knowledge and Reality (abbreviated TKR).
Philosophy: April 2005 Archives
David Velleman at Left2Right raises some worthwhile questions about asexuality and marriage. His argument is that some people don't have sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex not because they have it to people of the same sex but because they don't have it at all. They're asexual. Yet we allow these people to marry, and we allow them to marry each other. We just don't let two asexual men or two asexual women marry each other. On this one I don't agree with him fully, but it's the kind of question worth asking.
Evangelical Outpost has joined the intermediate state debate (cf. my contribution here). The views on the table were cessation of existence and then resurrection, an intermediate state of complete consciousness, and my own tentative suggestion that there's a conscious intermediate state but not fully conscious and not involving much of what we normally consider to go along with our conscious states now. Since it was mostly scriptural interpretation, I was keeping it at my own blog, but now that it's philosophical I'm cross-posting it at Prosblogion.
Joe says that he's surprised not to see a fourth view, that we simply cease to exist in time but don't cease to exist altogether. We live in time until we die, and then we leave time to go be with God in eternity, a timeless existence. He says he doesn't think his view conflicts with Christian scripture. I agree that his view need not conflict with scripture, but I don't think it can make any sense philosophically without conflicting with one of the most crucial Christian beliefs about God's creation of the universe.