The doctrine of divine impassibility was widely assumed by Christian theologians throughout the history of the church. But that consensus was fractured in the twentieth century with the decline of a widely held theological model belatedly known as “classical theism”. With the fracturing of a consensus on the classical theist model, several divine attributes were […]
Do average Christians believe in the God of classical theism?
In his review of An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar John Loftus claimed that Justin Schieber and I are debating “a belief system no one holds”. Loftus is referring there to the alleged irrelevance of God as defined in classical theism to God as understood in Christian devotion. We can summarize Loftus’ claim with the […]
92. God is everywhere: James Gordon on Divine Omnipresence
Christians regularly talk about God’s presence in space, but what do we mean when we use such language? I discuss this issue in the following passage on pages 22-23 of my 2009 book Finding God in the Shack: “if you go to church on a Sunday morning you might hear the pastor address the hushed congregation with the words: […]
What Gericke failed to do: A footnote to my review of Jaco Gericke
Terms have both a reference and a sense. The reference of a term is the thing it refers to while the sense of a term is the means by which it refers to that thing (i.e. it’s content). If Jaco Gericke is going to succeed in his argument he will need to demonstrate first that the sense […]