Check out my last research paper from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I deployed Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism and Thomas Crisp's modified version against Jordan Peterson's Ladder of Development from his books Maps of Meaning. Listen to the podcast episode here: https://anchor.fm/parker-settecase/episodes/Ep--108---Plantinga--Crisps-EAANs-vs--Jordan-Petersons-Ladder-of-Development-e12dqdm Find the PDF here: settecase-guided-reading-plantinga-vs.-peteson-Download https://anchor.fm/parker-settecase/episodes/Ep--108---Plantinga--Crisps-EAANs-vs--Jordan-Petersons-Ladder-of-Development-e12dqdm Find the PDF here:
On Opposing Racism and Philosophical Self-Consciousness
Racism ought to be opposed, refuted, destroyed, eviscerated wherever it is encountered. Decent people everywhere must agree. But are decent people everywhere able to agree? Do all decent people hold to a philosophy strong enough to undergird their opposition to racism? Well, some do and, frankly, some do not. An important question to ask yourself... Continue Reading →
Trinitarian Mysterianism and the Triniform Universe
God is one and God is three. All Christians must affirm this truth, but is it reasonable to believe this? And is the doctrine of the Trinity actually true? Do we have any evidence for a Trinitarian God? In this, my research paper for Dr. Thomas McCall's PhD course: Trinity and Atonement (which he graciously... Continue Reading →
Is There a God?
Is there a God? To quote Michael Scott from The Office, “If not, what are all these churches for? And who is Jesus's dad?” Boom! It’s settled. Well, not quite. The ‘God question’ is the single most foundational question you could ask. No other question carries as much potential to shape one’s entire world-and-life view... Continue Reading →
The Epistemological Spiral
Here's my research paper from Dr. Netland's Religious Epistemology course here at TEDS. My paper is a transcendental analysis of the necessary conditions of the possibility of the Inference to the Best Explanation. Inference to the Best Explanation is eminently important in our modern lives. We use it in our scientific investigations to decide between... Continue Reading →
Does Life Have a Purpose?
Does life have a purpose? Is there an ultimate meaning in life or is all this just meaningless? Is this whole show ultimately futile? After all, aren’t we just a tiny insignificant speck, on a slightly larger speck, zipping around a ball of gas somewhere in the outskirts of a mostly empty universe, doomed for... Continue Reading →
Has Science Disproven God?
In our modern world today, science is seen as king. Science has taken us to the moon, science has extended our life expectancy and cured us of various diseases- science has even given us Android phones!! Of course, the devil has given us iPhones but that’s neither here nor there! My point is that science... Continue Reading →
Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
If God’s so good, then why do bad things happen? Why would a good God allow so much pain and suffering- or for that matter, why would a good God allow any pain and suffering at all? What we’ve just stumbled upon is known as The Problem of Evil and it’s been around ever since... Continue Reading →
What is Truth?
37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to... Continue Reading →
Gregory of Nyssa on The Doctrine of The Trinity
Here's my summary of the Trinitarian theology of Gregory of Nyssa which I accidentally prepared for a PhD course I'm in at TEDS taught by Dr. Thomas McCall called Trinity and Atonement. I thought we had to do a summary every week but we don't. So this was a waste, unless you read it and... Continue Reading →
Mapping Peterson’s Meaning: An Evangelical Analysis of Jordan Peterson’s Theology
A significant challenge for the evangelical Christian has arisen as of late in the person of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, specifically, the challenge of understanding his views on God generally, and Christianity specifically. How should evangelicals view Peterson? Is he the second coming of a Francis Schaeffer or a C.S. Lewis? Is he a Trojan... Continue Reading →
Why Team Jesus? Part II
Check out part II of my primer on apologetics for Athletes In Action. Why Team Jesus? Part II
A Primer on Apologetics
Check out my latest post which is a primer on triperspectival apologetics for the Athletes In Action blog
Are We Living In a Computer Simulation?
Are we living in a computer simulation? Are we just a video game being played by some snot-noised kid on Alpha Centauri? This idea, or family of ideas, is known as The Simulation Hypothesis and it has been gaining more and more traction since philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote his 2003 paper “Are You Living in... Continue Reading →
Lily Ponds and Diving Boards| Cornelius Van Til and C.S. Lewis’s Transcendental Arguments
As most of my readers already know, when it comes to Cornelius Van Til I’m pretty much a sycophant. But, As an evangelical Christian apologist, I also have to read C.S. Lewis on the regular and quote him at least once in all of my papers and blog posts. These two guys are my dudes.... Continue Reading →
Sons of Thunder Episode 1: Apologetic Methodology
Here it is folks! After yesrs of talk, my brother Joel and I finally started our podcast. This first episode is a general introduction to us and an introduction to apologetics. We discuss various reasons for why we practice what is known as 'presuppositional apologetics' (which should be no surprise to my readers by now).... Continue Reading →
The Fact of All Facthood: God and a Philosophy of Fact
“But I would not talk endlessly about facts and more facts without ever challenging the nonbeliever’s philosophy of fact.” -Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith, 257. “The result of our historical enquires thus depends on the philosophical views which we have been holding before we even began to look at the evidence. This... Continue Reading →
God, Gratuitous Evil, and The Murderous Goose
If God is all knowing, if He is all powerful, and if He is good, then He’d have to stop any and all instances of evil, wouldn’t He? He would know about all evil, He would be able to stop all evil, and He would want to stop all evil, therefore since God exists there... Continue Reading →
“As Kant Could Have Shown…”
This is a short assignment I presented to my Analytic Theology class which is being taught by Dr. James Arcadi here at TEDS. In it, I interact with Andrew Chignell's proposed solution for the Analytic theologian to the problem of what "Kant has shown". Whether it’s round Immanuel Kant, or through him, most theologians and... Continue Reading →
Can God Make a Dog That’s Too Big for Him to Walk?
Maverick is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and he’s an absolute brute. He is a really sweet boy and would never intentionally hurt anyone. However, watching him pulverize and scarf down a half chicken for lunch engenders a greater sense of reverence with each crunch. He’s not mean or aggressive in the slightest, he’s just... Continue Reading →