This blog presupposes the importance of having some knowledge in philosophy, particularly philosophy of religion; although, this is not absolutely necessary to read my posts.
In addition, when speaking of “God”, I use that term to describe the Being of traditional theism/classical theism. Traditional theism is the belief in a Being who is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnibenevolent. While classical theism is important, that’s not the only version of theism that I want to focus on when it comes to this blog.
Philosophy of religion examines subjects like the following: the existence of God, miracles, the rationality of religious belief, science vs. religion, faith vs. reason, etc. On this blog, I mainly focus on the arguments for/against the existence of God and the rationality of religious belief.
My name is Jonathan Garner. I went to the University of Tennessee for my undergraduate work where I studied Philosophy. I recently finished graduate school in Philosophy with a focus in Philosophy of Religion.
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I am wondering what is your own answer to the question, ” Does God Exist? ”
If it is not good for your career to answer this question, then please delete my question.
I visited your website today and have found your work very impressive. I have spent last 25 minutes to find a way to contact you and share these feelings but couldn’t find any other way to convey these thoughts except for this “about” link. I hope you won’t mind me adding these comments here for this reason. Many regards Salman
No problem. Thanks for the compliment!
Hi, Mr. Garner. I like your blog.
I noticed that you bought a website for this blog, and I wanted to warn you about something that happened to me. I bought a website from WordPress to summarize philosophical concepts, and I thought I set it up to renew automatically, but the domain expired after a couple of years and I lost all my work (not that much, really, since I was not highly active on the website). I hope you’ll take steps to make sure your posts are backed up somewhere in case your domain name expires unexpectedly.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks, I appreciate the heads up. Sorry that you lost some work. i enjoyed reading some of your posts
Nice to meet you! It looks like you cover some pretty heady stuff here on your blog. And we have a mutual friend in Steven Colborne…He’s a great person and thoughtful blogger! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me here. All the best to you!
Here is a somewhat whimsical and offbeat proof of God:
The theist could respond with “this is (or could be) the best of all possible worlds” to escape any imperfections.
Hello! I really liked your content. However, I wanted to give feedback about the website design. I wanted to read some of your posts but the navigation is certainly confusing. I think that your main intention is to separate your writings into “for” and “against” God. But then when I want to read something from a category, I have to go through links, which makes it a bad experience. Perhaps, in each category, you can just post them in a list with a small description? You may ignore this, since it is just a thought of a newbie. 🙂 Anyways! Great work.
Hi Jonathan, I run http://www.thereformedphilosopher.com. I was wondering if you had any interest in potentially writing for a philosophical/Christian emagazine we’re looking to produce. If you have any interest you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks.
I was looking for a way to congratulate you for not trashing the latest comment on philosophy vs. pseudo-philosophy; I would have been tempted to do so. I had meant to get in touch anyway to suggest, ever so altruistically (not), that you might be interested in reviewing my book “Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things,” which deals extensively with religious epistemology. If you have any interest, you can reach me through the website: http://whysanepeoplebelievecrazythings.com
Thanks! I’ve been pretty busy. I’ll let you know in a few days what I can do.
Good solid site.
I thought you and/or your readers might enjoy a project of mine called “Music Meets Philosophy.” The idea is to transform compelling philosophical ideas into entertaining songs/videos in the hope of inspiring curiosity among listeners/viewers. So far I’ve created three songs/videos, which you can access through the links below:
1) Fallacy Funk (The Logical Fallacy Song): https://youtu.be/Rs9xvS8mplE
2) The Trolley Problem: https://youtu.be/IPzNrg87jZQ
3) Euthyphro*: https://youtu.be/QGRWYV4l7Wo
Dear Mr. Garner,
Hello! I’m sorry for the trouble and for suddenly leaving a comment on your page, but as it happens, I recently published a book I think may be of very compelling interest to you and your readers. I even cited your blog a few times within the text!
As the blurb notes, it is an extensive and extended takedown of just about every aspect of natural law theory, focusing mostly on the writings of that theory’s most popular contemporary evangelist, Edward Feser. After an introduction to his metaphysics (this book is written for laymen, though not at all “dumbed down”), chapter 2 critiques his defenses of Christianity generally and Catholicism specifically, and chapter 3 dismantles his arguments against abortion and gay marriage. Chapter 4 explores how many of Feser’s philosophical enemies (slaveowners, Nazis, and Communists) actually borrowed from the natural law tradition he defends, and chapter 5 explains why flaws in natural law ethical theory (as it relates to metaphysics) lead to those unhappy outcomes. Chapter 6 critiques natural law metaphysics directly, and chapter 7 provides alternative metaphysical and theological schemas to Feser’s natural law.
As I mentioned above, I do cite your blog in my work, specifically mentioning your critiques of *Five Proofs of the Existence of God* in the latter half of my book. Considering my debt to you, as it happens I would be happy to send you a complimentary review copy of my book (and as I am confident you would really enjoy it, I would be elated if you were to review it for your blog, though I of course understand if you’re very busy). I am wondering, would you like one? If there is an email address I could send an electronic copy to I could easily do so, or even a physical copy if you so prefer. In any case, thank you very much for your time!
I would be happy to review it for you! You can send a copy to my email: email@example.com
Wonderful, thank you so much! I sent a .pdf review copy to that address, thanks again!
No problem. Thanks for giving me the opportunity; I’ll try to get my review done within the next 2 weeks