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The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah and Lord, and (3) He founded the Catholic Church. We place a strong emphasis on the first pillar, defending classical theism, drawing upon the work of Thomistic philosopher Dr. Edward Feser and many others. Thanks for listening! John DeRosa jderosa@cla ...
 
Belief in God does not have to be based on blind faith. Think Theism explores the rational basis for Christianity as well as the intellectual life of Christian students and faculty at Texas A&M University. For more information, check out thinktheism.org
 
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What did Augustine and Aquinas teach about the Triune action of God? What is meant by the 'indivisible operations axiom'? How do Augustine and Aquinas employ the idea of 'appropriation'? What implications does this have for how we interpret various events in Scripture? David Moser joins us to answer these questions and more. The Classical Theism Po…
 
With pew research studies showing that there is an increase in the number of the "nones" or the non religiously affiliated, Josh dives into why people are leaving Christianity with RCIA Director Dave Brunsman. Not only that, they discuss what Christians can do to bring people back into the faith through Love.…
 
What is apophaticism and why is it relevant to the Christian tradition? Isn't apophaticism self-contradictory since it talks about God and says we can't talk about God? How should we understand Scripture with an eye on apophaticism? What philosophical analysis can we bring to bear in our examination of apophaticism? Dr. Hewitt joins me to discuss h…
 
What is classical theism as opposed to other theistic views? How can we answer objections to simplicity, immutability, and impassibility? If God has multiple attributes, then how can he be simple? If God is absolutely simple, then how can he be a Trinity of persons? If God is immutable, how can he do anything? If God is impassible, then how can he …
 
What is the Longer Ending of Mark? What are the arguments against its authenticity? Can they be answered? What are the arguments for its authenticity? James Snapp Jr. joins us to discuss the evidence surrounding this contested passage. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various gue…
 
How do you structure your course on Catholic apologetics? What arguments do you include for God's existence? How do you defend the Resurrection differently than others? What do you emphasize regarding Christ founding the Catholic Church? What else can listeners expect from the course? Jimmy Akin joins us to discuss his full-length course on Catholi…
 
What some popular atheist slogans and how can they be answered? What dilemma does the atheist face regarding the PSR and problem of evil? How big is the tent in Catholicism when it comes to the doctrine of predestination? Should we affirm accounts defended by Fr. Domingo Banez or Jacques Maritain? Why does Pat lean toward Maritain? Why does John le…
 
Dr. Robert Koons was a Lutheran until he converted to the Catholic faith. In this new book, he explains the important issues that eventually moved him to the Catholic faith. What does he think about the burden of proof? Sola scriptura? Justification? He joins me to discuss those details. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christia…
 
Who was Jacques Maritain and why is he an important figure in Thomism? What did he teach on topics related to predestination? How did he understand God's 'antecedent' and 'consequent' wills differently than the traditional Thomist school? Dr. Taylor Patrick O'Neill joins us to critically examine some aspects of Maritain's thought. The Classical The…
 
What does it mean to believe and why is it reasonable? How can we present the fundamentals of the faith to Catholic high school students? Why follow Jesus? How can we make natural law ethics compelling? Michael Gormley joins us to discuss some exciting new work he's done on these topics. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christia…
 
Who is the atheist who read and reviewed my book? What did he like about it? What criticisms did he have of the book? What keeps him an atheist? I sit down with Dana Harper to discuss several topics related to my book One Less God Than You. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of variou…
 
Who was Fr. Garrrigou-Lagrange and how did this set of essays come about? What is the Thomist critique of Descartes' Cogito? What does Fr. Garrigou argue in an essay on the "Empiricist Skepticism of David Hume"? How does Fr. Garrigou view apologetics as "directed by faith"? Dr. Matthew K. Minerd joins us to answer these questions and more. The Clas…
 
What place do animals have in God's creation? Might some animals be redeemed? Why have some theologians moved beyond the traditional Thomistic framework? Can these newer answers help with the problem of evil and suffering? Fr. Christopher Steck S.J. joins the podcast to discuss these questions and more as we take a look at his book All God's Animal…
 
What problems of evil have been proposed that focus on animal suffering? How might a Thomistic theist respond to these arguments? If faced with the apparently gratuitous suffering of a fawn trapped and burning to death in a forest fire, how might you respond in 60 seconds or less? Dr. B. Kyle Keltz joins us to tackle these questions and more as we …
 
Ben (our resident Catholic) discusses the seven books of the Deuterocanon (or Apocrypha), what they are, and why they are included in the Catholic Old Testament canon. N.B. While Ratio Christi at Texas A&M does not officially take a position on the canonical status of these books and many Protestants reject them, they nevertheless are useful for un…
 
What is "Catholic faith" and why is it valuable? How can Catholics respond to the objection that traditional accounts of faith are not consistent with faith being valuable? How might Protestant Christians respond? Is there a way to argue faith is intrinsically valuable on a Catholic view? Dr. Stacey joins us to discuss these questions and more? The…
 
What is an abductive argument as opposed to an inductive one? How can one make an abductive cosmological argument for the existence of God? Does this argument lead us to believe the cause of the universe is personal? How would the proponent of this argument respond to several objections? Paulo Juarez joins the podcast to answer these questions and …
 
We turn to the question of ancient Israelite religion. While we usually think of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism as the big three monotheistic religions, is the historical reality more complicated than that? Psalm 82 takes centre stage in a discussion of the unseen spiritual realm. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-t…
 
What is 'faith' according to St. Thomas Aquinas? What makes it rational to have faith? What illustrations might we use to think about faith as an act of personal trust? Does faith include belief? Did Mother Theresa have faith throughout her life? Fr. James Brent O.P. joins us for a deep dive into these questions and more. The Classical Theism Podca…
 
What is meant by 'divine simplicity' in Thomas Aquinas and those before him? How do we come to affirm the doctrine of divine simplicity? Why is that a different process than that by which we come to affirm the Trinity? How is the Trinity compatible with a doctrine of divine simplicity? Ryan Hurd joins us to tackle these questions and more from a Th…
 
We conclude our discussion on the question of Israelite origins by tackling the ethical objection to the Hebrew invasion of Canaan. Did God command genocide? How does Jesus influence our interpretation of these unnerving accounts? Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-testament-controversy/…
 
Was the Reformation a mistake? That's the essential question and topic of this conversation with Dr. Matthew Levering who wrote a book on the topic. We discuss the nature of biblical reasoning from Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives as well as differences between Catholics and Protestants on the issue of justification. The Classical Theism Podc…
 
What is the tradivox project of reviving old catechisms? Why look to old catechisms when we already have the modern catechism of the Catholic Church? Who could benefit from this? For instance, could this work be useful to local parishes? Aaron Seng, the founder of Tradivox Inc. joins us to answer these questions and more. Aaron Seng is the founder …
 
What is philosophy and why is it important? How do faith and reason relate to each other? How can we think about worldviews? What is a human person? Fr. Robert McTeigue joins me to discuss these questions and more on a bonus episode. Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J., is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He has lectured worldwide o…
 
The question of Israelite origins remains one of the hottest debates amongst ancient historians. Did a massive Hebrew invasion force wipe out the Canaanites in the 15th/13th century B.C.? Is the entire military career of Joshua invented from thin air? Building off of the previous discussion of the exodus, we proceed into the murky waters of the con…
 
Is Purgatory a true Christian doctrine? What is the Scriptural evidence for Purgatory? Is there support for aspects of Purgatory in other religious traditions? What did the early Church teach about Purgatory? Doesn't a typical Catholic argument for Purgatory commit a logical fallacy? Karlo Broussard joins us to answer these questions and more. Karl…
 
Does Divine Simplicity entail a modal collapse? What is the difference principle and why is it relevant? Can the God of classical theism make intentional choices? And what about the hypothesis of existential inertia? Are there any reasons to think existential inertia is false? Steven Nemes rejoins the show to consider these questions and more. The …
 
The Hebrew exodus from Egypt is the founding event both in Israel’s history as a people and the redemptive history of Christian faith. But, is there any evidence such an event occurred? We discuss the archaeological background, the major options for dates (early, late, and more), as well as different theories about the exodus. Slides and video avai…
 
How should classical theists think about divine knowledge? How can God have knowledge of diverse subjects if he is absolutely simple? Doesn't God's knowledge change when changes occur in the world? Wouldn't God still have contingent knowledge if he only existed alone? Christopher Tomaszewski joins the podcast again to explain how classical theists …
 
What is the doctrine of the Incarnation? How does Aquinas discuss the doctrine? How is the Incarnation compatible with classical theist doctrines of simplicity, immutability, and impassability? Dr. Michael Gorman joins the podcast to answer these questions and more. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversatio…
 
We conclude our discussion on Genesis, creation, and evolution by addressing the controversy over the historical Adam & Eve. First, we outline the biblical data concerning Eve & Adam. Next, we survey the scientific data related to human origins. Lastly, we wrap up by integrating different interpretations of Eve & Adam with various theological syste…
 
Is divine simplicity a philosophical or revealed doctrine? How should we understand question 3 of the Summa? Why think God is not composed of matter and form or essence and existence? What do classical theists mean when they say God is not in a genus? How does real essentialism differ from modal essentialism? Dr. Gaven Kerr joins the show to tackle…
 
Zach and Andrew casually chat about some loose threads from the Genesis and science meeting. They clear up some confusion about stellar parallax, discuss additional interpretations of the days of Genesis, and expand on the intelligent design movement. Referenced Papers Laland Kevin N.,et al (2015) The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure,…
 
We continue addressing the controversy on Genesis, creation, and evolution. In this episode, we focus on the scientific questions of (i) the age of the earth, (ii) common ancestry, and (iii) how life diversified. Next time, we will hone in on the question of Adam & Eve. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-testament-cont…
 
How did Plotinus argue for absolute divine simplicity? What is Plato's criterion? Why must the fundamental being be absolutely simple and not just somewhat simple or relatively simple? How does Phil Corkum's analysis help respond to a worry about divine simplicity? What do complex theists have in common with pantheists? What does Scotus say about d…
 
Confronting Old Testament Controversy 2: We begin our discussion on creation, evolution, and Genesis by addressing the controversy over the genre of Genesis 1-11, aka the “Primeval History”. Andrew surveys the relevant literary categories and the debate over literalism, metaphor, and history. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confron…
 
Is it really possible to make a biblical case for the doctrine of divine simplicity? How can one do so? How does simplicity relate to the biblical doctrine of God's singularity? How does simplicity relate to the biblical doctrine of God's immutability? What are some key biblical texts that can be put forward to argue for divine simplicity? Dr. Stev…
 
What is an essentially ordered causal series? Why think essentially ordered causal series must have a first member? How can we ward off common misunderstandings regarding the first, second, and third ways of St. Thomas? Does the hand-stick-stone series really terminate in God? Dr. Caleb Cohoe joins us for a bonus episode to answer those questions a…
 
Confronting Old Testament Controversy 1: Zach discusses the text of the Old Testament (Tanakh) including the primary text types; the Septuagint, the Masoretic text as well as the most important manuscripts, including codex Leningradensis as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran. Next Zach discusses textual transmission and the questions…
 
Why think the unmoved mover is also a personal God? How should we understand God as the creator? Why should we use "analogical predication" to speak of God and what does that mean? What is meant by saying God is not "really related" to creatures? If God exercises meticulous providence over creation, does that reduce people to puppets? Fr. Michael D…
 
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