Thomas M. Cothran

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Is the Doctrine of the Trinity Contradictory? Part 2

Language: Predicating Divinity Orthodox believers call the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity “God”. To employ the distinction we set forth earlier, “God” can be used to designate the Trinity as a whole, or any person of… Continue Reading →

Some Contradictory Theses About Evil

We know of evil, we suffer it to greater or lesser degree, and we tell stories about what evil means. Some of these stories are fanciful and comforting, others deeply meaningful, and certain others nonsensical. Christians have very specific stories about… Continue Reading →

Step 4: The Unconditioned Reality is the Creator

In the last two steps I have departed significantly from Fr. Spitzer’s proof for the existence of God. This step, however, will closely follow the last part of his argument. In this final step, we will show that there exists… Continue Reading →

Step 3: The Uniqueness of Any Unconditioned Reality

In the third step of our series on the existence of God, we turn to the question of whether there can be more than one unconditioned reality. In Step 1, we saw that there must be at least one unconditioned… Continue Reading →

Step 2: The Absolute Simplicity of Any Unconditioned Reality

This is the second step in a proof for the existence of God that has been the subject of an ongoing series. In the First Step, we deduced the existence of at least one unconditioned reality. This argument draws heavily… Continue Reading →

Clarifications on the First Step in the Proof for the Existence of God

This is a part of the ongoing series setting out an argument for the existence of God. For an overview of the series, click here. The numbers (e.g., 1.3) refer to the premises. The “1” in 1.3 refers to Step… Continue Reading →

Step 1: The Necessity of an Unconditioned Reality

This is the third post in the ongoing series presenting an argument for the existence of God. In this post we move into the argument itself, taking the first step toward an argument for the existence of God. In this… Continue Reading →

Roadmap for an Argument for the Existence of God

This is the second in a series of posts setting out an argument for the existence of God. This post sets out the initial roadmap for the argument for the existence of God that will be set out in later… Continue Reading →

Introductory Remarks to An Argument for the Existence of God

It is commonly assumed that there is no compelling argument for the existence of God. However, the argument for the existence of God is more compelling than almost any other argument about the fundamental nature of reality. The existence of… Continue Reading →

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