Thomas M. Cothran

Interstices between philosophy and theology

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Is the Doctrine of the Trinity Contradictory? Part 1

If one had to choose a teaching of Christianity that caused more confusion than any other, the leading candidate would likely be the doctrine of the Trinity. Who has not been told at some point that God is both one… Continue Reading →

What Does Aquinas Say About Inequality

In a recent blog post, Edward Feser addresses the contemporary rhetoric of inequality. He points out, quite rightly to my mind, that pure quantitative equality–in which everyone has the same income, has equal personal wealth, and so on–does not belong… Continue Reading →

God’s Necessity, Being’s Priority

It seems inevitable in the course of analytic treatments of philosophy of religion that we must endure talk of “possible worlds.” The deployment of “possible worlds” strike me as problematic for a number of reasons. It tends to conflate metaphysical… Continue Reading →

Being, Beings and God: A Few Thoughts on an Ongoing Debate

Dale Tuggy and William Vallicella have been debating whether God is a “being among beings” in a series of blog posts. Fr. Aiden Kimel has also weighed in. Tuggy posted a timeline of the debate, which appears to include everything… Continue Reading →

How Should We Speak of God? A Response to Daniel Linford

My new article, “How Should We Speak of God? A Response to Daniel Linford” has been posted at Strange Notions. Here is an excerpt: Last December, an article by Daniel Linford entitled “Do Atheists Reject the Wrong Kind of God?… Continue Reading →

A Webb of Confusion

Stephen Webb’s recent article, “The End of the Analogy of Being,” follows a now familiar pattern. Webb sets forth a characterization of some thinker that bears almost no resemblance to what that thinker said, and, on consulting that thinker’s works,… Continue Reading →

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