Alexander Pruss's Blog: Is it too risky to do philosophy if there is no God?If we are created by a loving God, there is good reason to expect that what is good for us to believe—maybe even good for us as moral agents—and what is true tend to go together in the case of the most important beliefs. But if we’re not created by a loving God, then I wouldn’t expect the true and the beneficial to go together, except in the case of straightforward empirical beliefs about the external world, such as that apples are nutritious and that lions eat us. If there is no loving God, it would seem pretty likely to me that—as some non-theist philosophers indeed worry—it is good for us to have various philosophical illusions (say, that God exists).
Aug 10, 2016: Greg Welty: Calvinism and the Problem of Evil
My chapter, “Molinist Gunslingers: God and the Authorship of Sin,” was recently published in David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson (eds.), Calvinism and the Problem of Evil (Wipf and Stock, 2016). That chapter grew out of a couple of conference presentations I made at the Molinism Study Group at ETS in 2010 and 2013, and was revised for publication. The contributors to the volume include:
Alexander R. Pruss – The First Sin: A Dilemma for Christian Determinists
July 12, 2016: Strange Notions: 5 Reasons Why the Universe Can’t Be Merely a Brute Fact
Another reason the brute fact view is unreasonable is because it entails radical skepticism about perception. As philosopher Alexander Pruss argues in his essay “The Leibnizian Cosmological Argument” (in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland), if things can exist without any sufficient reason, then there might be no reason for our perceptional experiences.
Apr 21, 2016: Secular Outpost: Prof. Pruss on Hell and Free Choice
Prof. Alexander Pruss considers the traditional doctrine of hell and its alternatives:
Feb 19, 2016: Texas Observer: Right-Wing Austin Institute’s ‘Frank and Fearless’ Take on Rape: Women, ‘Be Safe’
Those metaphors came courtesy of Alexander Pruss, the aforementioned Baylor professor who told the audience he studies “infinity.” He also wrote a 14-page article for the anti-abortion coalition University Faculty For Life entitled “I Was Once a Fetus: That is Why Abortion is Wrong.”
Oct 16, 2015: Alexander Pruss:Musings on mathematics, logical implication and metaphysical entailment
Sept 2, 2015: Alexander Pruss: From a past-infinite causal sequence to a paradoxical lottery: A cosmological argument
Apr 4, 2015: Alexander Pruss: Vows to God and expectational views of promises
Mar 10, 2015: Fast Thoughts Slow Oughts: Philosophers’ Carnival 173
Alexander Pruss explores the puzzle of grounding overdetermination.
Feb 13, 2015: Alexander Pruss: Alexander Pruss's Blog: Grounding overdetermination
Alexander R. Pruss (born January 5, 1973) is an American philosopher, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His best known book is The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment (2006).He is also the author of the books, Actuality, Possibility and Worlds (2011), and One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics (2012), and a number of academic papers on religion and theology. He maintains his own philosophy blog and contributes to the Prosblogion philosophy of religion blog.