Death on Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

Here's an interesting article at The Guardian about euthanasia: Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? / Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world's euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences. Some notes: (1) Popular support for … Continue reading Death on Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

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Commentary on Deuteronomy 1:1-5

Notes (NET Translation) 1 This is what Moses said to the assembly of Israel in the Transjordanian wastelands, the arid country opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di Zahab. The main content of Deuteronomy is here defined as the words of Moses spoken to all Israel. The Isrealites are in the region … Continue reading Commentary on Deuteronomy 1:1-5

Introduction to Deuteronomy

Title The fifth book of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) has a few different Hebrew titles. The popular name, Sefer Devarim, is short for (Sefer) ve-elleh ha-devarim, "The Book of 'These are the words'". The phrase "these are the words" are the opening words of the book in Hebrew (1:1). It was ancient custom to … Continue reading Introduction to Deuteronomy

The Perverted Faculty Argument

Introduction The perverted faculty argument presupposes Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics, in particular the existence of formal and final causes. The first presupposition is essentialism, the belief that natural substances possess essences that are objectively real (rather than inventions of the mind or artifacts of language) and are immanent to the substances themselves (rather than existing in a … Continue reading The Perverted Faculty Argument

Re: Linguistic Ninjas and the Impoverishment of Language

A brief comment I left on James F. McGrath's post Linguistic Ninjas and the Impoverishment of Language: It came up when someone referred to a “blind spot,” and another colleague said they had actually had a student complain about the term because it was disrespectful of those with visual impairments. How long until "impairment" is … Continue reading Re: Linguistic Ninjas and the Impoverishment of Language

Introduction to the Letters of John

Text Style Genre Setting and Purpose Relationship Between the Letters of John Relationship Between the Letters of John and the Gospel of John Relationship Between the Letters of John and Revelation Authorship Date Provenance Theology Canonicity Early External Attestation Commentary 1 John: 1:1-4; 1:5-2:2; 2:3-11; 2:12-17; 2:18-27; 2:28-3:10; 3:11-24; 4:1-6; 4:7-21; 5:1-5; 5:6-12; 5:13-21 2 … Continue reading Introduction to the Letters of John

Commentary on 3 John

Notes (NET Translation) 1 From the elder, to Gaius my dear brother, whom I love in truth. As in 2 John 1, the author introduces himself as the elder. I argued earlier that the author is the apostle John. He writes to a Christian named Gaius. Early Christians named Gaius are mentioned in Acts 19:29; … Continue reading Commentary on 3 John