Public Discourse

In Australia it is that time of year again… sum­mer. Where the weath­er gets nicer, and in Adelaide the Tour Down Under arrives in town. Now unsur­pris­ing­ly this annu­al event sees the  sea­son­al rise of vis­i­ble cyclists, and of course accom­pa­ny­ing it the usu­al dia­tribes and vit­ri­ol flash­ing about in…

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Larry Hurtado on Labels in Scholarship

This morn­ing I noticed that Larry Hurtado has blogged on the preva­lence of reduc­tion­is­tic and entrenched camp labels and their usage in schol­ar­ship. I must say I couldn’t agree more with the sen­ti­ment and how poi­so­nous reduc­tion­is­tic and pejo­ra­tive labels can be. Both when they are used to shore up weak and…

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Justification of beliefs — a philosophical perspective.

Further to the last few posts here is the pub­li­ca­tion announce­ment of an arti­cle that a friend at church has just had accept­ed for pub­li­ca­tion: http://philpapers.org/rec/SILODJ No, jus­ti­fied belief isn’t sim­ply click­ing the “Justify Text” but­ton in Word, but rather how we sup­port and ratio­nalise our beliefs. Interestingly Paul argues that…

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Opinions… like bums, everyone has one?

Perhaps opin­ions are like bums, and every­one has one. But per­haps they shouldn’t be parad­ed around in pub­lic all that often. Patrick Stokes has writ­ten an arti­cle over on The Conversation to this effect, argu­ing that inter­nal and exter­nal evi­dences for opin­ions should not be weighed equal­ly. I think this…

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