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The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah and Lord, and (3) He founded the Catholic Church. We place a strong emphasis on the first pillar, defending classical theism, drawing upon the work of Thomistic philosopher Dr. Edward Feser and many others. Thanks for listening! John DeRosa jderosa@cla ...
 
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How has humanity revolted against reality from creation to the present day? In his new book, Gary Michuta canvasses many centuries and important episodes to show the consequences of Christological, ecclesiological, epistemological, and social revolts. He joins the show to discuss his newest work Revolt Against Reality. The Classical Theism Podcast …
 
Why does Matthew start his Gospel with a genealogy? What is the importance of genealogies to Gospel readers? How does the first verse of Matthew's Gospel set the stage for the entire work? How can we explain the differences between Matthew and Luke's genealogies? Why does Luke's genealogy include so many more names? Sal Ciresi joins the podcast to …
 
Pat Flynn and I discuss our contributions to a recent book paying tribute to Dr. Peter Kreeft. The book is titled Wisdom and Wonder and you can get it here >> https://amzn.to/3eQNP5B The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian…
 
Is there a God? What contingency argument did Kenneth Pearce defend in a recent debate book with Graham Oppy? How does Pearce understand classical theism? Does theism explain more than atheism can? We cover these topics and more as we examine Dr. Kenneth Pearce's arguments in Is There a God?: A Debate. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Ca…
 
What are the "dark passages" of Scripture? Why can't Catholics simply shrug them off as primitive mistakes made by ancient writers? Why is it important to remember God as Teacher, Judge, and Savior? Does God kill people? Does God order people to kill people? Is the Bible a pro-slavery book? Does Scripture support polygamy? Also, can Catholics benef…
 
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Dr. Michael Barber joins us to discuss his recent book on the topic. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messia…
 
Why should we believe in God? How can putting arguments in a "narrative frame" help us make a better case? What advantages does Christianity have over naturalism? Was Albert Einstein an atheist? How do music, math, and love point to God's existence? Is Dr. Ortlund a classical theist? Dr. Gavin Ortlund joins us to discuss these questions and more as…
 
Why did Dustin Quick convert to Islam? What sparked his conversion to Christianity? Why did he eventually embrace Catholicism? What arguments and considerations did he find most persuasive? Dustin Quick, the host of the YouTube Channel Holy Smokes, joins us to discuss these topics and more. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Chris…
 
What is the false spirit of Vatican II and how can we articulate a true spirit of Vatican II? Should Catholics support Ad Orientam or Versus Populum in the sacred liturgy? What should we think about the use of the word "subsists" in the document Lumen Gentium? Did Pope St. John Paul II kiss the Quran and what follows from this? Fr. Blake Britton jo…
 
If God is the cause of everything, does he also cause sin? Why does Aquinas say that God causes the act of sin? Is it plausible that moral evil is a privation? How do you respond to common objections to the privation view of evil? If one rejects a popular free-will defense, then how can we answer the problem of evil? Dr. W. Matthews Grant joins the…
 
The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah and Lord, and (3) He founded the Catholic Church. We place a strong emphasis on the first pillar, defendin…
 
What do Catholics believe about Scripture? Does the Catholic Church teach that the Bible is inerrant? What does it mean that the Bible is inspired? If Councils and Popes can also exercise infallibility, is there still room in Catholicism for Scripture to have a privileged role? How can we classify the different types of Bible difficulties and respo…
 
What do Thomists think about issues in philosophy of mind? What is dualism? What is hylomorphism? Why think Thomistic hylomorphic dualism is true? How would a Thomistic dualist explain the interaction problem? How should a Thomistic dualist think about intentional action? Dr. Jeremy Bells joins us to discuss these topics and more. The Classical The…
 
Did Vatican II lead to a widespread loss of faith and widespread liturgical abuse? What are the four main documents of Vatican II and do they contain sound teaching? Did Dei Verbum 11 restrict the traditional Catholic view of Scriptural inerrancy? What was De Lubac's position in the nature/grace debates of the 20th century? Dr. Richard Declue of th…
 
Professor Christopher Tomaszewski (Belmont Abbey College) responds to Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Ryan Mullins on the doctrine of divine simplicity. Recently, Craig and Mullins were hosted by Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity. They offered various critiques against the doctrine of divine simplicity including: (1) It's unbiblical, (2) it…
 
Dr. Minerd joins the show to discuss his new book Made by God, Made for God: Catholic Morality Explained. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah …
 
What problem has Paul Draper raised for theists when it comes to evolutionary animal suffering? How might theists respond? Why is the philosophy of mind relevant to the question? Is evolutionary animal suffering more likely given naturalism than theism? Dr. Jim Madden joins the show to discuss these questions and more. The Classical Theism Podcast …
 
Why do many Christians object that divine simplicity conflicts with the Trinity? What does divine simplicity teach? How can St. Thomas' doctrine of divine simplicity be viewed as compatible with orthodox trinitarianism? Don't the relations between the persons introduce accidents into God? Aren't all such Thomistic answers an example of special plea…
 
Dr. Matthew Barrett to write two books on the doctrine of God? How did we "drift away" from the classical doctrine of the Trinity? What does it mean that the Son is "eternally begotten" of the Father and why should Christians believe this? Why should we think the Trinitarian persons act inseparably? Dr. Matthew Barrett joins us to discuss topics in…
 
How did John Martignoni get involved in apologetics? What strategies does he recommend for ordinary Catholics in apologetics encounters? How can we discuss the Marian dogmas with Protestants who find them unnecessary? How might we approach conversations with atheists? John Martignoni joins the classical theism podcast to discuss these topics covere…
 
What is classical theism? Can the simple, immutable God of classical theism do any actions? And even if so, can He act intentionally? How can we account for such intentional action without contradicting divine simplicity or immutability? What did Anscombe and Davidson argue regarding intentional action? How are these accounts relevant to the questi…
 
The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah and Lord, and (3) He founded the Catholic Church. We place a strong emphasis on the first pillar, defendin…
 
In this episode, Pat Flynn sits down with John to respond to Ben Watkins' opening statement in his debate with Trent Horn. In particular, they examine definitions of theism and naturalism, an argument from simplicity, an argument from imperfection, and an argument from modal collapse. See the timestamps below for more details. The Classical Theism …
 
Who was Jesus? What did he teach? And why is he still worth following today? How can we enter into the Gospels in good faith when they report so many miracles? How is Jesus different from other religious figures? Won’t we lose everything if we follow his teaching on love and pouring ourselves out for others? Cy Kellett joins us to discuss these que…
 
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