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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 consciousness? What are thoughts? How can we analyze thoughts using the tools of reason and introspection? How do thoughts and consciousness point us beyond what is purely material? Can an argument inspired by Cantor's mathematical work serve us in the philosophy of mind? What does current work in neuroscience say on these topics? Dr. Josh …
 
What was the nature/grace debate of the 20th century? What is an obediential potency? What objections were leveled against the Thomist position and how do Thomists respond? Dr. Aaron Henderson joins us to discuss these topics. Support the show on Patreon to help keep the podcast going with more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support…
 
Why are Aquinas' scripture commentaries worth reading? What does Aquinas mean by the literal sense? How is Aquinas unique as a commentator? Did he believe in a literal 6 days of creation? Dr. John Boyle joins the podcast to discuss these sorts of questions and more. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversatio…
 
How can we have better conversations with atheists and skeptics about the faith? Why don't Catholics evangelize? I joined Jake Buscher on his podcast to discuss these ideas and more. 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…
 
What are the different ways Catholic theologians arrive at a knowledge of God? How did the Catholic practice of thinking about the Trinity arise over time? What is The Triplex Via, and how does it relate to our analogical discourse about God? How do we know that God is triune, and can we discover that through natural reason? Fr. Thomas Joseph White…
 
What is prudence? What is wisdom? How do we get more of them? How is prudence important for apologetics and evangelization? Fr. Gregory Pine joins us to discuss these questions and more. Also, check out Fr. Pine's new book on Prudence! The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various gue…
 
What is cognitive science of religion? Do the findings of this field count against theism in general? Do they count against classical theism in particular? Dr. Tyler McNabb joins us to discuss the details. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, I defend three pillars of…
 
Pat and John sit down for an episode of office hours to respond to 5 questions from a confirmation student. The questions/objections are: 1) Why create an entire universe for only one planet of life and wait 13 billion years to do so? 2) Why did Jesus ask his disciples to leave their families behind; why not select people without a duty to their sp…
 
How did Jimmy argue for the historical reliability of the Gospels? What made the debate so cordial? How did Jimmy answer some of the main difficulties Ehrman raised? What did Jimmy want to raise in the debate that he was not able to? And is it really plausible that Joseph owned land in two places? Jimmy Akin joins us for a debate debrief to discuss…
 
What is divine simplicity? How did Josh Sommer get interested in studying it? Why is it an important doctrine for Christians? In this interview, we discuss those topics and more. 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 wor…
 
What is the Lord, Liar, Lunatic argument from C.S. Lewis and how has the conversation progressed since he penned it? Do the Synoptic Gospels present a very different Jesus than the Gospel of John? Can we make a plausible, historical case for the resurrection? Dr. Gavin Ortlund joins us to discuss these topics and further discuss his book Why God Ma…
 
Who wrote the Gospels? Are the Gospels historically reliable? Is there any good evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? Dana Harper, the atheist who reviewed John's book One Less God Than You, joins him for a part II discussion on Jesus and the Gospels. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the h…
 
What is the privation theory of evil? How does it account for the positive reality of physical pain? Harrison Jennings joins us to explore this thorny issue. 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 o…
 
What is the aloneness argument against classical theism? How can classical theists respond to it? Could the God of classical theism have refrained from creating? If he so refrained, would he know that he didn't create? Dr. W. Matthews Grant and Dr. Timothy Pawl join the podcast to help sort out these issues. The Classical Theism Podcast aims to def…
 
Why were many baptisms recently deemed invalid? Isn't the Church being legalistic to say the sacrament hangs on the mere change of one word? Isn't this just a silly teaching? Dr. Lawrence Feingold joins us to explain and unpack the Church's theology of baptism and to answer questions about the "I" vs. "We" issue. The Classical Theism Podcast aims t…
 
Was justification understood as an exclusively legal term up until Augustine's time? Did St. Augustine mistakenly translate justification because he did not know Greek? Is there evidence in the early Church that justification can be understood in transformational as well as legally? Dr. Matthew J. Thomas joins us to discuss these topics and more. T…
 
Will the Catholic Church ever change some of its fundamental teachings? How did the Church change its messaging and posture after Vatican II? Is the doctrine of Hell still a teaching of the Church? How should Catholics think about universalism, annihilationism, and hopeful universalism? What do we make of the idea that Hans Urs that we may dare to …
 
How does theism fare against atheism in terms of the theoretical virtue of simplicity? Why should simpler theories be privileged? How does Kenny Pearce respond to Graham Oppy in their recent debate book? Is the fine-tuning argument relevant in these debates? Pat Flynn & Jim Madden join the show for an office hours crossover to discuss these topics …
 
Can we truly claim the early Church was Catholic? Did major doctrines develop over time? Is there sufficient evidence that Christians of the earliest centuries actually held to Catholic beliefs? Don't several statements in the Didache, Tertullian, and others count against the Catholic position? Joe Heschmeyer joins us to discuss these topics and mo…
 
What is the book of Deuteronomy and how is it situated in salvation history? What does the book teach us about the nature of God? If Deuteronomy 18 prohibits communication with the dead, then how can Catholics legitimately pray to saints? How can we understand the seemingly harsh punishments described by the law? Biblical scholar Curtis Mitch joins…
 
Does Aquinas hold that God is merciful? How can we say that the God of classical theism is merciful when he is immutable and timeless? What is the distinction made by Thomists between simple perfections and mixed perfections? Can we actually think of God as "most passionate" and what does this mean? Ryan Hurd rejoins the show to discuss these topic…
 
Who was Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen? Why is his work important? How did Sheen highlight the "power and efficacy" of the sacraments? What does Sheen highlight about the Eucharist and marriage? Allan Smith joins us to discuss these topics and the recently edited book Archbishop Sheen's Book of Sacraments.…
 
How should we understand the Third Way of St. Thomas Aquinas? What is going on with Aquinas' argumentation in the De Ente Ch. 4? Dr. John Knasas weighs in on these topics and more. 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 w…
 
Who is Dr. John F.X. Knasas? How did he get interested in studying St. Thomas Aquinas at such a deep level? What is metaphysics? What does it mean to be an existential Thomist? How can we understand the Third Way of St. Thomas Aquinas from the standpoint of existential Thomism? Is it possible to establish the real distinction between essence and es…
 
How has humanity revolted against reality from creation to the present day? In his new book, Gary Michuta canvasses many centuries and important episodes to show the consequences of Christological, ecclesiological, epistemological, and social revolts. He joins the show to discuss his newest work Revolt Against Reality. The Classical Theism Podcast …
 
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