Our new and exciting series presenting a representative sample of American loons from A-Z. Angus Menuge is a professor of philosophy at Concordia University and has published stuff in from a philosophical point of view certain half-respectable venues and in Christian apologetics journals. He is a hardcore Christian apologetic who claims to have been converted by C. Lewis — he claims to have been an agnostic before that but contradicts that claim well enough by himself why are very religious people so often dishonest about such things? He is, as mentioned, a firm creationist, and he is also a Fellow at the Discovery Institute. During the Kansas evolution hearings he refused to answer the question of how old the earth is.

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Wintery Knight 10 Comments Soldiers of the st Airborne Division test the new M pistol My friend Seth mentioned to me that he likes the argument from reason, so I thought I would post something about it from a Christian scholar who I really admire. Angus Menuge offers the best I think argument for the proposition that theism is the best ground for our reasoning capability. Menuge : Dr. Angus Menuge joined Concordia University Wisconsin in Lewis, Intelligent Design and the case against scientific materialism.

He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. I got these straight from the source, and got permission to post them, too. Here is the introduction to the paper that Dr. Menuge read at the EPS conference: The argument from reason is really a family of arguments to show that reasoning is incompatible with naturalism. Here, naturalism is understood as the idea that foundationally, there are only physical objects, properties and relations, and anything else reduces to, supervenes on, or emerges from that.

For our purposes, one of the most important claims of naturalism is that all causation is passive, automatic, event causation an earthquake automatically causes a tidal wave; the tidal wave responds passively : there are no agent causes, where something does not happen automatically but only because the agent exerts his active power by choosing to do it.

The most famous version of the argument from reason is epistemological: if naturalism were true, we could not be justified in believing it. Today, I want to focus on the ontological argument from reason, which asserts that there cannot be reasoning in a naturalistic world, because reasoning requires libertarian free will, and this in turn requires a unified, enduring self with active power.

The two most promising ways out of this argument are: 1 Compatibilism—even in a deterministic, naturalistic world, humans are capable of free acts of reason if their minds are responsive to rational causes; 2 Libertarian Naturalism—a self with libertarian free will emerges from the brain. I argue that neither of these moves works, and so, unless someone has a better idea, the ontological argument from reason stands. The paper is 11 pages long, and it is awesome for those of you looking for some good discussion of one of the issues in the area of philosophy of mind.

I blogged about that argument before. They both work, and they are both awesome. Powerpoint slideshow But there is more than just the paper! The slides are easier to understand than the paper, but the paper is not too bad. Positive arguments for Christian theism.


Angus Menuge

Menuge: Dr. Angus Menuge joined Concordia University Wisconsin in Menuge has also edited volumes on C. Lewis, Christ and culture and the vocation of scientist, and has written several Bible studies. He is currently working with Joel Heck Concordia Texas on a collection of essays defining Lutheran education for the 21st century, entitled Learning at the Foot of the Cross Concordia University Press, forthcoming. A frequent speaker, Menuge has given presentations on Christianity and culture, science and vocation, philosophy of mind, C. Lewis, Intelligent Design and the case against scientific materialism.


A falência do naturalismo como fundamento para os Direitos Humanos | Angus J. L. Menuge

Book Review: Agents Under Fire Introduction This reviewer has long been interested in the discussions about the existence of agents. This reviewer balked at the price on Amazon, but it was given as a gift, and this reviewer was ecstatic delve into it immediately. The book is pages divided into eight densely packed chapters. This review is designed to be a chapter-by-chapter summary to prepare the reader to tackle this challenging text. Preface Dr. Menuge begins the preface of the book by stating that his purpose behind writing Agents Under Fire is to defend the existence of agency a non-natural entity capable of reasoning and purposing.

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