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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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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…
 
What is unique about the program at St. John's Catholic School in Beloit, Kansas? How have apologetics and theology been taught there effectively? What opportunities do Catholic teachers have to form the culture? Dr. Andrew Niewald, a Catholic high school teacher, joins the show to relate his experiences on these topics. The Classical Theism Podcas…
 
What is the Catholic view of faith? How might Catholics understand the idea of "imperfect" faith? Could there be such a thing as "implicit" faith? Is it possible that such an "implicit" faith could ever be salvific? How might that work? Dr. Gregory Stacey joins the show again to give his thoughts on some doctrinal and speculative areas of theology.…
 
What is classical theism? How does it comport with the Biblical text? Don't the Scripture writers say God has emotions and passions like human beings do? What should we think when Scripture describes God changing his mind? How can we read 1 Samuel 15 in light of a classical doctrine of God? John joins Gary Michuta's show Hands on Apologetics to tac…
 
What is faith? How did St. Thomas Aquinas understand supernatural faith? Is the Thomistic view of faith compatible with movements of doubt? How did Pope Benedict XVI conceive of faith? Is his view consistent with that of Aquinas? Dr. Matthew Ramage joins us to discuss these issues. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian idea…
 
What is an embryo and what happens when identical twins are formed? Does the metaphysics of twinning call into question the view that embryos are human beings? How should we understand the mathematics and metaphysics of twinning? Dr. Richard Playford joins us to tackle these questions and more. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic C…
 
Does the God of classical theism have properties? Does he have attributes? Can we make conceptual distinctions about the simple God? How should we understand the notion of 'rigid designation' and its relevance to the modal collapse debate? What is Dr. Ryan Mullins' latest proposed modal collapse objection? How does Christopher Tomaszewski respond t…
 
What are the differences between philosophical physics and modern physics? What's the difference between metaphysics and physics? How should we understand St. Thomas' First Way? Is it a physical or metaphysical demonstration? What are the key premises and how are they defended? How can Aquinas leap to God as the conclusion of his First Way? Dr. Mic…
 
What do Catholics believe about the atonement? Why does it matter that some guy died 2000 years ago? How can we distinguish Catholic views from Reformed protestant views of the atonement? How might we understand Leviticus 16, Isaiah 53, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:3, and 1 Peter 2:24 in light of the Catholic view? Michael Gormley joins us to tackl…
 
What were the problems with the doctrine of analogy that others raised after Aquinas? How did different Thomistics respond to these problems? How might Thomists respond to professor Thomas Williams' challenge that analogy reduces to univocity or unintelligibility? Dr. Domenic D'Ettore joins me to discuss these topics and more as we look at his book…
 
This is an interview from inside ClaritasU. Who is God? What are some common mistakes Catholics make when talking about God? How can we distinguish classical theism from other kinds of theism? What are some tips or strategies you would give to Catholics for improving their conversations about God? Brandon Vogt and I sit down to discuss these questi…
 
What is the doctrine of analogy? What are the different kinds of analogy? Why is analogy especially important for theologians? Does analogy reduce to univocity or intelligibility? Dr. Joseph Trabbic joins us to discuss these topics. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests…
 
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 is happiness and how can we get it? Would St. Thomas have anything to say about comparing ourselves to other people? What will not make us happy according to St. Thomas Aquinas? How can we be happy when life is difficult? Matt Fradd joins the podcast to discuss these topics and more as we look at his new book How to Be Happy: Saint Thomas' Sec…
 
Why and how did you change your mind regarding Trinitarian classical theism? What are some common mistakes you see being made in contemporary theology? How can metaphysics and Scriptural exegesis work together? What does it mean to say we can know God without comprehending him? Why is Isaiah an important book of Scripture for understanding the natu…
 
Is Aquinas best described as a philosopher or theologian? What is most notable about his work as a biblical theologian? How does Aquinas understand prophetic revelation and sacra doctrina? What does it mean that Aquinas holds that the human nature of Christ acts as the instrumental cause of the communication of divine revelation and as the perfecti…
 
What are the divine ideas? How do they relate to creation? What should Catholics believe about the 6 days of creation? Why is it important to believe in Adam and Eve and how can belief in an original couple be harmonized with the genetic evidence? What do you discuss about the atonement in your book on creation? Dr. Matthew Levering joins us to ans…
 
What is God? What does the Catholic Church teach about the nature of God? How is such teaching supported by Sacred Scripture? Is it still tenable to hold that God is immutable given so much Old Testament language to the contrary? Dr. Elizabeth Klein joins us to tackle these topics and more as we discuss her book God: What Every Catholic Should Know…
 
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 is knowledge? What is the view "explanationism" that Dr. Bogardus defends? How would it account for sensory, memory, or rational knowledge? Can the view explain various pieces of religious knowledge? Can Catholics know that they are saved? Dr. Tomas Bogardus joins us to discuss these questions and more. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to def…
 
How is the Eucharist prefigured in the Old Testament? What New Testament texts support Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist? Why should we think the mass is a sacrifice? Didn't Pope Gelasius say that the substance of bread and wine do not change? Doesn't this sacrifice re-crucify Christ or take away from the all-sufficiency of the crucifixion? Dr. La…
 
What does the Catholic Church teach about homosexuality? Why does she teach this? What are the most important distinctions we need to present in dialogues on this topic? How should you respond when someone accuses you of being hateful or bigoted? Brandon Vogt joins us to discuss these questions and more as we examine What to Say and How to Say it (…
 
How should we think of the Gospel of John compared to the Synoptic Gospels? Is there strong evidence in favor of the traditional authorship? When was the Gospel written? What are the main themes? Why is it important to study the Gospel of John as Catholics? Sal Ciresi joins us for a two-part introduction to the Gospel of John to dive into these que…
 
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