Friday Night Miscellany

It’s the second to last Friday before Christmas and the return of the link post (back by popular demand!). Here are some links from around the web to enjoy into the weekend.

Philosophy

– Steve Cowan summarizes his recent paper at the national EPS conference in Atlanta and the problem of God’s “authorship of sin” for libertarians and compatibilists.

– James N. Anderson reviews The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology.

– Dru Johnson reviews Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology.

– Francis Beckwith reviews Edward Feser’s Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide.

– Alvin Plantinga’s lecture at Biola University on the conflict between science and religion.

History

More on the myth that people prior to Columbus believed the earth was flat.

– Colin Hansen reviews Carl Truman’s new book Histories and Fallacies on research methodology and the common problems faced by historians.

Apologetics

Defining faith.

– J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, has launched a Facebook page.

– J.W. Wartick reviews Theism and Ultimate Explanation by Timothy O’Connor

– John Bird reviews The Gospel and the Mind by Bradley Green at The Discerning Reader.

– Tom Gilson proposes the essential missing prologue to all apologetics.

– The latest issue of Synthese (a journal dedicated to epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science) is devoted to Intelligent Design.

The trouble with Richard Dawkins: an interview with Michael Ruse:

Theology

Christmas is for those who hate it most.

While human rebellion is man’s craving to be like God, it is the glorious grace of the gospel that God has become like man.

Ten things about the story of Christmas that you might not know.

– Theology Masters has posted a list of the top 50 blogs by theology professors.

– Richard Lints, Thomas Schreiner, and Kevin DeYoung each put forward a list of helpful books on the doctrine of Scripture.

– Mark Dever offers some insightful reflections on the life of Roger Nicole (who sadly died this week).

– Kevin DeYoung explains the New Testament use of Old Testament prophecy.

Thoughts from Don Carson on how we should consider individualism in the West.

How should apply the geneaologies and censuses of the Bible to our lives?

Richard Baxter on Christian meditation.

– Video of a discussion between Mark Dever and Jim Wallis on social justice (5 parts):

Elsewhere

Allen Yeh and Douglas Wilson deliver their verdict on the latest Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

– A preview of Makoto Fujimura’s gorgeous The Four Holy Gospels.

A virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. Incredible.

– A replica of an ancient Greek mechanical computer that predicted celestial events. Out of Lego.

– Matthew Shapiro has posted his epic mash-up of films released this year:

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