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LDS-Catholic-Protestant Debate

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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I thought the LDS-Catholic-Protestant debate went very well, and there was no shortage of student interest, comments, and questions (I fielded questions for over an hour after the debate).  Since the topic is more theology and philosophical-theology than philosophy proper, I thought I would manage the discussion over at my blog.  Feel free to click over there to continue the conversation with comments or questions: I will be most interested in discussing what I thought arose as the principle point of difference between the LDS and the Christian.  It boils down to the issue of transcendence – is God radically other as Creator over and against creature, or are God and man of similar ontological status?


1 Comment

  1. Huenemann says:

    Looks like it was a very active and thought-provoking event! I enjoyed the newspaper article about it, especially the complaint that is was ‘too deep.’ Can you go a bit shallower next time, fellas?


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