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Classical Theism Podcast

English, Christianity, 1 season, 361 episodes, 14 hours, 41 minutes
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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 [email protected]
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Ep. #261 - The Important Catholic Intellectual You've Never Heard Of w/ Dr. Joseph Stuart

Who was Christopher Dawson? What made him such an important Catholic intellectual in the 20th century? What was the main focus of his work? How is his work relevant for those doing apologetics? Dr. Joseph T. Stuart joins the show to discuss these topics. Join our community: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support  
4/8/202444 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #260 - Natural Theology & the Reasonableness of Faith w/ Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P.

Is atheism a simpler theory than theism? What are the strongest arguments for God's existence? Is apologetics a hopeless enterprise because motivated reasoning and confirmation bias are inherently involved? Where does the Incarnation and Trinity fit into our apologetics project? How can we answer the problem of divine hiddenness? Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P. joins the show again to examine these topics.  Join our community: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/25/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. #259 - The Reliability of the Old Testament w/ Dr. John Bergsma (+Live Q&A)

Many critics say the Old Testament is unreliable because it contains (i) empirical claims that have been scientifically falsified, (ii) historical claims that are entirely unsubstantiated, (iii) and moral claims that are eminently repugnant. To the contrary, Dr. John Bergsma holds that the Old Testament is highly reliable and defensible as God's inspired Word. He joins us to tackle these topics. We also take questions from a live audience. If you want to ask a question during the next Live Q & A, consider joining our community here.
3/18/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #258 - Divine Simplicity & Ultimate Explanation w/ Dr. Tomaszewski (w/ Live Q & A)

What is the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS)? What's in Dr. Tomaszewski's new book about the topic? How does DDS play a role in ultimate explanation? What is the relation between DDS and revealed theology? What should we think about the intentional collapse objection? Dr. Christopher Tomaszewski joins us to discuss these topics and take some live questions from the supporting audience. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/4/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 53 seconds
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BONUS|Artificial Intelligence & the Human Condition w/ Heather Foucault-Camm

What is artificial intelligence? To what extent should we be concerned about the proliferation of large language models like Chat GPT? How should Catholics think about the use and spread of this technology? What does it reveal about the human person and human interaction? Heather Foucault-Camm joins us to discuss these topics.
2/24/202452 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. #257 - The Theology & Authorship of the Pentateuch (Live Show) w/ Dr.'s Morrow, Mastnjak, and Schmiedicke

What are the most important theological themes of the Pentateuch? Does the Pentateuch teach philosophical monotheism or rather some form of henotheism? Who wrote the Pentateuch? What are the most important lines of evidence regarding debates over Mosaic Authorship? Can Catholics tolerate multiple opinions on the matter? We examine these topics with three experts on the Pentateuch. Join the community here: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support  
2/16/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. #256 - Answering 12 BIG Questions about Fiducia Supplicans w/ Michael Lofton

What is the document of Fiducia Supplicans all about? Does it contradict previous Church teaching? Can Catholics criticize it? Why would the Church issue a document that is so prone to abuse? In this episode, we're joined by Michael Lofton to answer 12 BIG questions about Fiducia Supplicans. Join the Classical Theism Podcast Comminuty: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support  
2/14/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. #255 - Revisiting Divine Hiddenness w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund

What is the problem of divine hiddenness? Is God a bad parent who doesn't show his presence to his children? How can Christian theists respond to skeptics who press arguments from hiddenness? Dr. Gavin Ortlund joins us to expand on some of his recent research into the problem of divine hiddenness.  Like the show?  Want to become part of our community to participate in live expert Q & A?  Join here: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/2/202438 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. #254 - Principles of Catholic Theology (book 1) w/ Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P.

What is theology? How did the theological methods of Karl Barth and Fr. Karl Rahner differ from the scholastics and neo-scholastics? What is a mystery and what is its role in theology? Can theology make progress and how does that work? Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P. joins the show to discuss these topics. https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/22/202448 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. #253 - Is God a Vindictive Bully? w/ Prof. Paul Copan

Is the God of the Old Testament a vindictive bully? What should we think about the dochotomy often presented between the angry Old Testament God and the loving New Testament God? How can we respond to Bible difficulties concerning violence and Ancient Israelite warfare? Prof. Paul Copan joins us to discuss these topics as we look at his book Is God a Vindictive Bully?  https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/14/202447 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #252 - Did Vatican II change Catholic teaching on the Church's nature? w/ Dr. Chris Malloy

What does Lumen Gentium 8 teach about the nature of the Church? Does its teaching contradict the traditional view that Christ's Church is identical to the Catholic Church? How ought we to understand the language of "subsists in" and who suggested this language? Dr. Chris Malloy rejoins the podcast to tackle these topics. https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/7/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. #251 - Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition w/ Dr. Jim Jacobs (+New Year's Giveaway)

What is philosophy? How is it done well in the Catholic Tradition? Dr. Jim Jacobs joins us to discuss (i) what is, (ii) what ought to be, and (iii) what ever shall be as we look at his new book Seat of Wisdom.  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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support the podcast here and earn cool bonuses: www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/31/202347 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #250 - Principles of Catholic Epistemology w/ Fr. James Brent O.P. (plus Live Q & A)

What is epistemology? What are some ideas to keep in mind if we are to have a good epistemology? How can we help raise our children to have a good Catholic epistemology? What were Fr. Bernard Lonergan's thoughts on a general method of getting to the truth? We discuss these topics and take interesting Q and A from the live audience. ----------- 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/18/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. #249 - The Bible's Foundation = The Pentateuch w/ Dr. Nathan Schmiedicke (an FSSP seminary professor)

Why are the five books of Moses so important? What are the genres and themes of the Pentateuch? What should we think about Mosaic authorship? How might we understand difficult, violent passages that conflict with modern sensibilities? Dr. Nathan Schmiedicke joins the show to discuss these topics. classicaltheism.com/support  
12/8/202352 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #248 - Answering 5 Big Atheistic Objections w/ Pat Flynn

In this episode, we tackle 5 Big atheistic objections: 1) There's no evidence for God 2) The default position is agnosticism and/or I just believe in one less God than you.  3) Science has shown that belief in God is obsolete 4) If God truly existed, his presence should be more obvious 5) God is incompatible with horrendous evils Also, I'm giving away two free copies of Pat Flynn's new book, and you can find out the details here: https://www.classicaltheism.com/bestargument
11/23/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. #247 - Does God get angry? w/ Ryan M. Hurd

Ryan M. Hurd joins the podcast to argue for the following thesis: God has zero wrath. How does this make sense when the Bible speaks clearly about God's anger? Why say that God is truly love and yet not truly wrathful? In this episode, we dive into those questions and more.
11/20/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. #246 - Arguing for an Unmoved Mover w/ Dr. Daniel Shields

What is Aquinas's argument for an Unmoved Mover? How does Shields's interpretation differ from other contemporary Thomists? What should we think about the objection from Newton's law of inertia? Dr. Daniel Shields joins the show to discuss these topics.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/10/202359 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #245 - The Historicity of the Gospels w/ Fr. Giambrone O.P.

Fr. Anthony Giambrone O.P. joins the show to discuss two big topics: (1) the historicity of the Gospels and (2) Jesus's statement that the Son doesn't know the day or the hour of the end of the world.  ------- 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/27/20231 hour, 49 seconds
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The Best Argument for God (part 2) w/ Pat Flynn

Another chat with Pat Flynn about his new book The Best Argument for God. In this interview, we look more at his contemporary methodology of worldview comparison.  Check out more here: https://www.classicaltheism.com/bestargument 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/17/202355 minutes, 29 seconds
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BONUS|A Quick Look at Laudete Deum w/ Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin joins us to examine the latest Apostolic Exhortation titled Laudete Deum. We examine the authority of the document, its scientific claims, and respond to four criticisms of the document. I guarantee Jimmy will surprise you with at least one of his (always very thoughtful) answers. The show notes page for this episode is https://www.classicaltheism.com/laudetedeum If you like the show, please consider becoming a supporting listener: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support    
10/14/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #244 - The Best Argument for God (part 1) w/ Pat Flynn

What are the best arguments for God’s existence? How do traditional approaches differ from modern approaches? If someone affirms there is a necessary being, why should they think that being is God? Pat Flynn joins the podcast to discuss his new book The Best Argument for God. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/8/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. #243 - A Fresh Look at the Evidence for Christ w/ Jimmy Akin

What is the meaning of Messiah? Why should we think Jesus is the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament? Do all messianic prophecies have the same evidentiary weight? Doesn't Jesus falsely say the end of the world will come within one generation? How can we respond to skeptical claims of critics who argue the evidence for Jesus and his Resurrection is weak and based on hearsay? Jimmy Akin joins the show to discuss these topics. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/2/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. #242 - The Most Important Book of Scripture w/ Steve Ray

Is Genesis the most important book of the Bible? Why think so? How can we understand the text that seems to be in conflict with science? Does God's command for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac mean that God is immoral? How does the Old Testament point forward to New Covenant realities?  We discuss these topics with Steve Ray who has written an excellent new commentary on the entire book of Genesis.  ______________________________________________________________________ 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/22/202350 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. #241 - Should Catholics be proponents of intelligent design? w/ Dr. Jay Richards

What is intelligent design (ID)? Should Catholics promote it? Does it fall into simplistic God-of-the-gaps thinking or is it creationism in disguise? What should we think about the fact that the three most recent popes have endorsed evolution? Dr. Jay Richards joins us to discuss these topics. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/12/202349 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #240 - The Old Testament, Polygamy, Slavery, & Mosaic Authorship w/ Dr. Morrow

Is the Old Testament actually true? Why read the Old Testament when we have the New Testament? Doesn't the Old Testament endorse polygamy and slavery? Can we still defend Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch? Dr. Jeffrey Morrow is back on the show to dive into these topics.
9/2/202344 minutes, 4 seconds
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BONUS|Apologetics, Pop-culture, & Comics w/ Mike Schramm

How does pop culture relate to evangelism and apologetics? What is the Voyage podcast and how do they seek to spread the Good News through recognizing "seeds of the Word"? Mike Schramm, a co-host of the Voyage podcast, joins us to discuss these ideas. 
8/31/202338 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #239 - Do the Gospels reliably transmit Jesus's teaching? w/ Gary Michuta

Do the Gospels reliably transmit Jesus's teaching? How is this possible when they are recorded decades after the events? Could people actually have remembered the Sermon on the Mount? Also, why should we think what the Gospels present is actually true? Gary Michuta joins us to discuss these topics.  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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/22/202350 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #238 - Roundtable on Christ's Atonement w/ Dr. Joy, Chris Plance, & Gomer

What does Scripture say about Christ's atonement? What is penal substitution theory and what is wrong with it? What theories of atonement work best from a Catholic perspective? Dr. John Joy, Chris Plance, and Michael Gormley join the show for a roundtable discussion on these topics. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/7/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. #237 - Catholicism & the Science Classroom w/ Dr. Kenneth Kemp

What should students study in the science classroom? How might this look different in a Catholic school compared to an American public school? Is naturalism reinforced by the way science is taught in many schools? Is it possible to teach biology in a pedagogically responsible way yet without disrespecting those who hold religious views about creation? Dr. Kenneth Kemp joins us to discuss these topics. 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.    John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/2/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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Debate Debrief on Deuteronomy 21 w/ Jake Buscher

I sat down with Jake Buscher of the Cutting the Gordian Knot podcast to discuss my recent debated on Deuteronomy 21.  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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/26/202343 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. #236 - What is Classical Theism? w/ Dr. Edward Feser

What is classical theism? What makes it distinct from theism in general? How should we answer common charges that classical theism makes God cold, distant, and unloving? Is there accuracy to the charge that classical theism is based purely on Greek philosophy as opposed to Scripture? What should we make of the confusion over terminology, specifically regarding "theistic personalism", "neo-classical theism", "process theism", and other labels? Dr. Edward Feser joins us to discuss these topics. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  
7/19/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #235 - Debate: Harper v. DeRosa - Is Deuteronomy 21 immoral and uninspired?

Are the captive bride verses in Deuteronomy 21:10-14 an example of sanctioned immorality in the Old Testament? Are the passages the writings of mere men and not inspired by God? Dana Harper joins me to debate these issues.  Format:  Opening Statements (8-10 minutes each) Open Dialogue (30-40 minutes) Closing Statements (1-2 minutes) Show notes will be found at: https://www.classicaltheism.com/deuteronomy21 If you have thoughts on this show or others, write to me at [email protected]
7/4/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #234 - Magisterial Reversals & No Salvation Outside the Church w/ Michael Lofton

Can the Church ever reverse her teaching? How can we define the notion of a magisterial reversal and what doctrines constitute potential candidates for this? Did the Church reverse her teaching that "Outside the Church, there is no salvation"? Michael Lofton joins us to discuss these topics. ______________________________________________________ If you like the show, consider becoming a financial supporter and getting ome super cool gifts in return: https://www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. #233 - Modern Gender Theory: Origins & Critique w/ Dr. Favale

What are the origins of modern gender theory? What philosophical positions lie behind the modern gender movements? How can we critique these theories philosophically? What can Christian metaphysics put in place of these theories? Dr. Abigail Favale joins the podcast to discuss these topics.
6/26/202353 minutes, 35 seconds
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BONUS|Renewing Catholic Education (+Conference feat. Ed Feser) w/ Dr. Alex Lessard

What is Catholic education? Why is it in need of renewal? Can't we learn the methods of science and mathematics in a secular setting? If so, how would Catholic education view these subjects differently? Dr. Alex Lessard joins us to discuss these topics.  Toward the end, Dr. Lessard gives details about an upcoming conference with many Catholic speakers including Edward Feser. Listeners who go to the show notes page will see a BONUS offer (over 55% off) to stream the conference.
6/9/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. #232 - Does Dignitatis Humanae contradict the 19th century Popes? w/ Dr. Michael Dunnigan

What is the apparent conflict between Dignitatis Humanae and 19th-century Papal teaching? What is Michael Dunnigan's solution to the conflict? How can we properly reconcile particular passages in Quanta Cura with Dignitatis Humanae? Dr. Michael Dunnigan joins the show again to discuss these topics.
5/30/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. #231 - A Catholic Guide to Gender Discussions w/ Jason Evert

What is the important terminology to know in discussions on gender? Is gender merely a social construct? What does the evidence say regarding differences between males and females? How should Catholic schools respond to gender issues? How should Catholics respond/react to friends that identify as transgender? Jason Evert joins us to discuss these topics and his new book Male, Female, Other? A Catholic Guide to Understanding Gender.
5/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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Ep. #230 - Case Studies in Papal Infallibility w/ Dr. John P. Joy

How can we know when a Pope has spoken infallibly? What are the conditions that must be met? Did Pope Leo XIII speak infallibly in Providentissimus Deus? Did the Pope speak infallibly in Humanae Vitae or Evangelium Vitae? What should we make of the “manifestly evident” criterion in canon law? Dr. John Joy returns to the show to discuss these topics as we look at his recent book Disputed Questions on Papal Infallibility. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/22/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. #229 - Does the Kalam Argument work? Jimmy Akin vs. Jordan Carstensen

Is the Kalam cosmological argument sound? In particular, is there a successful philosophical argument for the finitude of the past? Jordan Carstensen (grad student at Holy Apostles College) argues in the affirmative. Jimmy Akin, who affirms the scientific evidence supporting the Kalam, argues that philosophical arguments for a finite past do not work. This episode consists of a dialogue between Jimmy and Jordan, moderated by John.
5/16/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Tribute to Dr. Kevin Vost (1961 - 2023) w/ Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn and I discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Kevin Vost. We mention the aspects of his character and his work that drew us to him. Pat shares a few personal stories, and John explains Dr. Vost's morning routine before writing. Further resources and his books can be found at https://www.classicaltheism.com/vost  
4/18/202331 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #228 - The Gospels as Truthful Testimony w/ Dr. Lydia McGrew

Why think the Gospels present truthful testimony? What are undesigned coincidences and how to they point to Gospel authenticity? How can we harmonize discrepancies in Gospel accounts? Dr. Lydia McGrew joins us to discuss 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 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.  John DeRosa Support the show: Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  
4/17/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. #227 - The Nature & Origin of Persons w/ Dr. Josh Rasmussen

What are you really? What is a person? How can reason and science shed light on these questions? How can persons originate? Dr. Josh Rasmussen joins us to discuss his new book-length investigation into these topics.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/2/20231 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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Ep. #226 - Did Moses Write the Pentateuch? w/ Dr. John Bergsma

Who really wrote the Pentateuch? What are the arguments for the Documentary Hypothesis? Why don't those arguments succeed? What evidence supports an ancient Pentateuch? Dr. John Bergsma joins us to address these topics.  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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/13/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. #225 - The Irreducibility of the Human Person w/ Dr. Mark Spencer

What are persons? Why are persons "irreducible" and what does that mean? Can we argue from human persons to the existence of God? What was the De Auxilius debate and where does Dr. Spencer come down on that in his book? We discuss 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 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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BONUS|Catholic Bible Translations & the ESV w/ Dr. Mark Giszczak

Why are there so many different Catholic Bible translations? How did the Catholic ESV come about? Why is an essentially literal translation come about? Dr. Mark Giszczak joins the show to discuss these questions and mroe.
2/21/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. #224 - Collected Articles on God's Existence w/ Dr. Kerr

What is metaphysics? How does a Thomist approach God's existence? Can one prove God's existence using the real distinction between essences and their acts of existence? How does Dr. Kerr respond to several objections including the issue of existential inertia? We tackle these topics and more in the episode.  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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook  Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/13/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #223 - What is God? w/ Dr. Kevin Vost

What is God? What did St. Thomas Aquinas teach about the nature of God in the prima pars? Could God reveal someone's entire future to them? Dr. Kevin Vost joins us to discuss his brand new book out titled What is God?  www.classicaltheism.com/episodes
1/30/202341 minutes, 13 seconds
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BONUS|Were Adam and Eve REAL? w/ Gary Michuta

Were Adam and Eve REAL? Why is this an important topic for young people? Gary Michuta and I discuss the topic in some detail. 
1/30/202342 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #222 - Faith & Reason (+Critique of Descartes) w/ Dr. Gaven Kerr

What did the First Vatican Council teach about faith and reason? How do Thomists parse the act of faith? How does the Vatican Council's account of faith and reason fit well with Thomistic hylomorphic dualism over and against Descartes' view? Dr. Gaven Kerr joins the podcast again to discuss these issues. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/16/202354 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. #221 - The Reliability of John's Gospel (part 2) w/ Dr. McGrew

Lydia McGrew joins the show again to defend the reliability and historicity of John's Gospel. In part 2, she tackles the objection that Jesus sounds too different in John's Gospel compared to the Synoptics. Therefore, critics allege, John must have highly edited, adapted, and revised the words of Jesus. Also, we discuss why the evidence supports the traditional authorship that the Beloved Disciple was none other than the Apostle John himself.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/2/202350 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #220 - Is Pope Francis Worth Defending? w/ Dr. Fastiggi

Is the Pope worth defending? What should we think of his controversial statement, "Who am I to judge?" What about the proper understanding of Amoris Laetitia? Is the "Pachamama incident" a black mark on the Francis Pontificate? Dr. Robert Fastiggi joins the show to discuss these issues.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/28/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 51 seconds
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BONUS|The Jeffersonians + their thoughts on slavery w/ Prof. Gutzman

Professor Kevin Gutzman discusses his new book The Jeffersonians. I ask him what we should think about those who want to cancel the legacy of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe due to their involvement in slavery. We also discuss the constitutionality of the Louisiana Purchase.  Consider this a special bonus episode for those interest in U.S. History. I also announce this year's BIG Xmas/New Year's book giveaway.
12/22/202256 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #219 - Thomism and Palamism w/ Fr. Peter Totleben O.P.

We discuss the Essence/Energies distinction and how it is similar/different from how Aquinas thinks about Divine Simplicity. Also, a special thanks to Jack Boczar of the CT Research team for his help in preparing for this episode. 
12/12/202255 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #218 - A Defense of the 4th Way w/ Jake Buscher

Jake Buscher joins the podcast to explain and defend St. Thomas Aquinas's 4th way to God's existence. Jake thinks the argument is valid and sound. He explains the premises and defends it against several objections.  Support the Classical Theism Podcast: One-time donations: www.classicaltheism.com/contribute Monthly contributions: www.classicaltheism.com/support Hop on the email list to learn about all free book contests and other cool stuff: www.classicaltheism.com/subscribe
11/29/202256 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #217 - The Authorship and Meaning of Isaiah w/ Dr. Craig Carter

We look at the traditional authorship and meaning of the book of Isaiah. 
11/22/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. #216 - Sola Scriptura Debate Debrief w/ Jimmy Akin

I sat down with Jimmy Akin to debrief his recent debate on Capturing Christianity against The Other Paul. The debrief is also available in video format at www.youtube.com/jimmyakin 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/7/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. #215 - 4 Early Witnesses + Irenaeus on Jesus's Age w/ Rod Bennett

Who are the "Four More Witnesses" that give insight into the early Church? Why is Origen such an important figure and why are his contributions sometimes qualified? Who was Clement of Alexandria and why are his writings important? How old did Irenaeus think Jesus was? Rod Bennett joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/31/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dr. John Knasas on Aquinas, the Cry of Rachel, and Evil (part 2)

How might a philosophical Thomist analyze the problem of evil? Why is evil and suffering so debilitating in the lives of many such as Rachel in the Old Testament? What should we think about the work of Fr. Brian Davies and Dr. Eleonore Stump on the problem of evil? Dr. John Knasas joins us to discuss these topics.  In this episode, he focuses his comments on the work of two other prominent Thomists that have written in this area.  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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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Ep. #214 - Dr. John Knasas on Aquinas, the Cry of Rachel, and Evil (part 1)

How might a philosophical Thomist analyze the problem of evil? Why is evil and suffering so debilitating in the lives of many such as Rachel in the Old Testament? What should we think about the work of Fr. Brian Davies and Dr. Eleonore Stump on the problem of evil? Dr. John Knasas joins us to discuss these topics.  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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/24/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #213 - Answering 2 Big Objections to Pascal's Wager w/ Dr. Jackson

Is Pascal's Wager still defensible today? Is it even possible to take Pascal's wager if we don't have willful control over what we believe? Supposing we can take the wager, ought we to do so? Is it rational to choose a belief for practical reasons and not merely evidential reasons? Dr. Liz Jackson joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/17/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #212 - God's Beauty & Simplicity w/ Dr. Samuel Parkison

What is beauty? How can we define it? Is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder? How should with think about God's beauty? How can there be such a thing as 'divine beauty' if divine simplicity is true? Dr. Samuel G. Parkison joins us to discuss these topics.  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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/10/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. #211 - Taking the Sacraments Seriously w/ Michael Gormley

What are the sacraments? Why do Catholics add sacraments to the simple faith of the New Testament? Do sacraments constitute an earning of salvation? How does a new ITC document shed light on these ideas? Michael Gormley joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10/3/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #210 - Justification & Romans 7 w/ Dr. Christopher Malloy

What does the Catholic Church teach about justification? Is faith the only thing necessary for salvation? Are we saved by our own works? What are the similarities between the Catholic and Lutheran positions? What should Catholics think about Paul’s assertion in Romans 7 that sin dwells in him? Dr. Christopher J. Malloy joins us to discuss these topics and his book False Mercy. 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. John DeRosa __________________ BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations ___________________ I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
9/26/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. #209 - Does the God of Classical Theism Exist? w/ Dr. Rob Koons

Does the God of classical theism exist? What metaphysical arguments has Dr. Koons been working on as of late? Does the passage of time itself point to a purely actual cause of time's flow? Dr. Robert Koons joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations
9/19/202256 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. #208 - The Trinity & the Filioque w/ Fr. Thomas Joseph White

What is the so-called "psychological analogy" and what is its role in Trinitarian theology? What is the filioque? Why should we affirm the filioque? Is there a path forward for discussing this issue with Eastern Orthodox Christians? Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P. joins the podcast to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa BOOK (bulk deal): One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith by John DeRosa BOOK (on Amazon): One Less God Than You by John DeRosa SUPPORT: Patreon page SUPPORT: One-time donations
9/12/202251 minutes, 30 seconds
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BONUS|New Apologetics & Young Catholics w/ Fr. Blake Britton

How can the parable of the sower teach us about the different audiences that need the new evangelization? What do young people need most by way of apologetics and evangelization? What should give us hope as a Church at this point in time? Fr. Blake Britton joins us to discuss these topics. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/7/202241 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. #207 - Arguments for the Magisterium w/ Michael Lofton

What is the Magisterium? How should we argue for the magisterium as Catholics? What should we keep in mind for conversations with Protestants about the magisterium? How will conversations with Eastern Orthodox Christians differ? Also, what should we think about the possibility of magisterial reversals? Michael Lofton joins us to discuss these topics. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/5/202246 minutes, 48 seconds
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BONUS|Balthasar, Christ's Descent, & Impassibility w/ Dr. Joshua Brotherton

Who was Balthasar and why is he an important 20th-century theologian? What did he teach about Christ's descent to hell? What good do we find in his theology? Why are some of his ideas problematic? Did he hold to a doctrine of divine impassibility? Dr. Joshua Brotherton joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/31/202259 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #206 - Evolution, Benedict XVI, & the Bible w/ Dr. Matthew Ramage

Does evolution conflict with Christianity? How does the thought of Benedict XVI help us navigate the questions concerning evolution? How should we interpret the creation accounts in the Bible? Why are these issues so pressing in our day? Dr. Matthew Ramage joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/29/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. #205 - Classical theism, God's unity, & Oppy's Naturalism w/ Enric Gel

Does classical theism have a principled advantage over Oppy's naturalism? Why think there is only one first cause? Do arguments in favor of God's unity conflict with Trinitarianism? Enric Gel joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/24/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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NEW Book|Divine Immutability, Matt. 16, & Rev. 12 w_ Karlo Broussard

What is the strong view of divine immutability that Karlo is defending in his doctoral dissertation? How can we analyze the famous Matthew 16:18 passage and identify "the rock"? Does Revelation 12 lend support to Catholic belief in the bodily assumption of Mary? Karlo Broussard joins the podcast to discuss these topics as we also look at his new book Meeting the Protestant Response.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/22/202249 minutes, 6 seconds
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Office Hours|Composite Things, Adam & Eve, Problem of Evil

In this latest edition of office hours, Pat and John sit down to present some of their recent research. They discuss three topics: 1) that composite things need a cause, 2) Catholic views on Adam and Eve, and 3) a new take on the problem of evil. Pat Flynn advances sophisticated arguments for an ancient principle that all composite things require a cause. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/17/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 24 seconds
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BONUS|The Ethics of Abortion & the Pro-life Case w/ Dr. Chris Kaczor

What is the best way to make a pro-life case? How can we answer the difficult scenario of a young woman seeking abortion in the case of rape? What should we think about bodily autonomy arguments? Dr. Christopher Kaczor joins us to engage these topics as we discuss his new book The Ethics of Abortion (3rd Edition).  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/15/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 49 seconds
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BONUS|What is Sacred Theology? w/ Fr. Cajetan Cuddy O.P.

What is Sacred Theology? Who was Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton? What distinctions does he make in his work on Sacred Theology? Can atheists do Sacred Theology? What role does typology play in Sacred Theology? Fr. Cajetan Cuddy joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/11/202252 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. #204 - Reaching Agnostic Inquirers w/ Dr. Sandra Menssen

How can an agnostic inquirer approach the question of God's existence? What role does revelation play in their quest for truth? How can miracles and the problem of evil be examined? What can we offer agnostics who find 'faith' to be a vice? Dr. Sandra Menssen joins to discuss 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/10/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. #203 - A Biblical Defense of Natural Theology w/ Dr. David Haines

What is 'natural theology'? Is it the same thing as 'natural revelation'? Does the Bible support natural theology? What Scriptures are relevant to this issue? Can fallen men really reason autonomously to God's existence? Dr. David Haines joins the show to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/3/202251 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. #202 - The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel w/ Dr. Lydia McGrew

Is John's Gospel really historically reliable? What positive evidence supports the reliability of John's Gospel? How should we think about issues in John's Gospel such as (i) the timing of the temple cleansing, (ii) the explicit indications of Christ's divinity, and (iii) the date of the crucifixion? Dr. Lydia McGrew joins the podcast to discuss these topics and her book The Eye of the Beholder. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/25/202259 minutes, 46 seconds
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BONUS|Originalism & Dobbs v. Jackson w/ Prof. Kevin Gutzman

How is the Supreme Court supposed to function? What is "originalism" and is it a coherent theory? How should we understand Roe v. Wade as well as Dobbs v. Jackson when it comes to constitutional law? Did the 14th amendment ratifiers intend to incorporate the Bill of Rights? Prof. Kevin Gutzman joins us to discuss these questions. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/21/202253 minutes, 21 seconds
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BONUS|Faith,Reason, and Dobbs v. Jackson w/ Fr. Marcel Guarnizo

What are the foundations of a course on faith and reason? What are the positives that have come out of the Dobbs v. Jackson SCOTUS opinion? Are there serious problems with the SCOTUS opinion? Fr. Marcel Guarnizo joins us to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/20/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. #201 - Humani Generis, Monogenism, & New Research w/ Dr. Kemp

What was Humani Generis about? How does the document inform faith & science discussions? What did Pope Pius XII teach about Adam & Eve and can this teaching be revised? How does Kenneth Kemp respond to objections to his view from Antoine Suarez? We discuss these topics in the latest episode with Dr. Kenneth Kemp. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/13/202252 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #200 - Divine Impassibility: Exposition & Defense w/ Dr. Dolezal

What is divine impassibility, and what are some reasons theists should hold to it? What are some common objections to divine impassibility, and how do we answer them as classical theists? Does a passible God know more than the God of classical theism? Does the doctrine of divine impassibility diminish the greatness of God? Dr. James Dolezal joins us to discuss these topics. 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. - John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/6/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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BONUS|The New Apologetics w/ Matt Nelson + Special offer July 2022

Why is there need for a "New" apologetics? What makes it new? How are the essays in this volume categorized? What important contributions are made on the faith & science issues? Matt Nelson joins us to discuss these topics.  /// SPECIAL OFFER: Listen to the end to find out how to obtain a free copy of the New Apologetics in July 2022. ///   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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/1/202246 minutes
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Ep. #199 - Our Immutable God w/ Dr. Ronni Kurtz

What is divine immutability and why is it important? Is immutability a negative or positive attribute? Where is the doctrine supported in Sacred Scripture? How can we answer some common objections to God's immutability? Dr. Ronni Kurtz joins the podcast to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/30/202251 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #198 - Arguing for the Papacy w/ Suan Sonna

How should we argue for the Papacy as Catholics? How have Suan Sonna's arguments for Catholic positions developed over the past couple of years? Is there good evidence for an Isaiah 22 - Matthew 16 parallel? Suan Sonna joins the podcast again to discuss these topics.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/20/202247 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. #197 - Dignitatis Humanae: Rupture, reversal, or what? w/ Prof. Dunnigan

Did the Second Vatican Council reverse Church teaching on religious liberty? Professor Michael Dunnigan joins us to discuss this important 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
6/14/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 41 seconds
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BONUS|How to Navigate Transgenderism w/ Jason Evert

What do modern gender movements get right? What do they get wrong? How can we respond if it's claimed that our arguments are merely religious in nature? How can we have better conversations on this topic? What resources should we consult to learn more about this topic?  Jason Evert joins the program to answer to engage these issues. Check out his super helpful resource page at chastity.com/gender Support the podcast here >> www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/12/202239 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. #196 - What is a woman? Gender, Sex, & Pronouns w/ Dr. Bogardus

What, if anything, do the modern gender movements get right? What is a woman (or a man)? How should we think philosophically and biologically about this question? How do we dialogue with naturalists regarding the concept of teleology? How do we respond to those who claim that “woman” does not need a definition? What are gendered pronouns, and as Catholics, how can we navigate this issue honestly yet respectfully? Dr. Tomas Bogardus joins the Classical Theism podcast once again to discuss these questions 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
6/6/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. #195 - Classical theism & petitionary prayer w/ Dr. Cohoe

What is prayer in general? What is petitionary prayer in particular? How can we consider prayer efficacious when God is immutable? Can God truly respond to our prayers if he is impassible? Dr. Caleb Cohoe joins the podcast again to address these topics.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
5/30/202250 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. #194 - Consciousness, Thoughts, & Minds w/ Dr. Josh Rasmussen

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 Rasmussen joins the show again to discuss these ideas as we examine his forthcoming book. Support the show here >> www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/18/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 10 seconds
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BONUS|Nature, Grace, and Man's End w/ Dr. Aaron Henderson

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
5/11/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. #193 - St. Thomas Aquinas on Scripture w/ Dr. John Boyle

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Do you like the show? If so: Consider Supporting the show! Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/9/202259 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. #192 - Revisiting Atheist Slogans w/ Jake Buscher

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
5/2/202245 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. #191 - The Holy Trinity [New book!] w/ Fr. Thomas Joseph White

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 O.P. joins the podcast once again to discuss these questions and his new book, The Trinity: On the Nature and Mystery of the One God (Catholic University Press, 2022). Do you like the podcast? Please consider supporting the show here: www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/25/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds
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BONUS|How is Prudence Important for Apologetics w/ Fr. Gregory Pine

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/20/202243 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. #190 - Classical Theism & Cognitive Science of Religion w/ Dr. McNabb

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/18/202248 minutes, 59 seconds
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OFFICE Hours|5 Objections from a Confirmation Student w/ Pat Flynn

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 spouse? 3) Sure the Church isn’t perfect, but they started hundreds of wars based on religion and killed many dissidents from the faith. 4) Why wait 280,000ish years to send Jesus and not spread Judaism outside of Israel? 5) Why torture people for all eternity in hell when you could just not create hell?  If you like this content, please consider supporting the show: www.classicaltheism.com/support Your financial support helps keep the podcast going. If you don't like donating on Patreon, you can give here: paypal.me/classicaltheism  
4/11/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. #189 - Ehrman vs Akin Debate | Debriefing w/ Jimmy Akin

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 these topics.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/31/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. #188 - A Primer on Divine Simplicity for Christians w/ Josh Sommer

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
3/28/202243 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #187 - The Argument for Christ w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund

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 Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
3/22/202236 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. #186 - A Dialogue with an Atheist on the Gospels w/ Dana Harper

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/18/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 47 seconds
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BONUS|How does privation theory deal with pain? w/ Harrison Jennings

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
3/7/202241 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. #185 - A Response to the Aloneness Argument w/ Dr. Grant & Dr. Pawl

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/4/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 41 seconds
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BONUS|Invalid Baptisms? The "We" vs. "I" Issue w/ Dr. Feingold

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/26/202237 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #184 - "Iustificare" in the Early Church w/ Dr. Matthew J. Thomas

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. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/24/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
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BONUS|A Response to Catholic Confusion + Critique of Balthasar w/ Dr. Chris Malloy

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 hope for universal salvation? Dr. Christopher J. Malloy joins us to discuss these topics as we consider his recent book False Mercy. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
2/22/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 24 seconds
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OFFICE Hours|Theism, Atheism, and Simplicity w/ Pat Flynn & Jim Madden

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 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support  
2/15/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #183 - Was the Early Church truly Catholic? w/ Joe Heschmeyer

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 more as we explore his latest book: The Early Church Was the Catholic Church. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/7/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. #182 - The Book of Deuteronomy w/ Curtis Mitch

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 us to discuss 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/4/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. #181 - Can the God of classical theism truly be merciful? w/ Ryan Hurd

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 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Support the show: Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook Support on Patreon to help keep the podcast going and to allow me to produce even more quality content: www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/31/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 8 seconds
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BONUS|Abp. Fulton J. Sheen on the Sacraments w/ Allan Smith

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.
1/30/202245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. #180 (part 2) - Aquinas' Third Way & De Ente w/ Dr. John Knasas

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
1/24/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. #180 - Metaphysics, Aquinas, & Esse w/ Dr. John Knasas

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 esse in creatures prior to arguing for God as the Primary Cause? Dr. John F.X. Knasas joins us to discuss 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
1/17/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds
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BONUS|Revolt Against Reality, New book by Gary Michuta

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
1/15/20221 hour, 39 seconds
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Ep. #179 - Jesus's Genealogy in Matthew w/ Sal Ciresi

Why does Matthew start his Gospel with a genealogy? What is the importance of genealogies to Gospel readers? How does the first verse of Matthew's Gospel set the stage for the entire work? How can we explain the differences between Matthew and Luke's genealogies? Why does Luke's genealogy include so many more names? Sal Ciresi joins the podcast to discuss these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
1/10/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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BONUS|Peter Kreeft, Apologetics, and Cumulative Cases w/ Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn and I discuss our contributions to a recent book paying tribute to Dr. Peter Kreeft. The book is titled Wisdom and Wonder and you can get it here >> https://amzn.to/3eQNP5B 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
1/6/202247 minutes, 27 seconds
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Would You Like to Join the CT Research Team?

Would you like to join the CT Research Team? I'm looking for people to assist with the research behind the Classical Theism Podcast. If you're interested in this, please head over to the following link and fill out the application:  www.classicaltheism.com/research
1/3/202211 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. #178 - Is There a God? A Debate w/ Dr. Kenneth L. Pearce

Is there a God? What contingency argument did Kenneth Pearce defend in a recent debate book with Graham Oppy? How does Pearce understand classical theism? Does theism explain more than atheism can? We cover these topics and more as we examine Dr. Kenneth Pearce's arguments in Is There a God?: A Debate. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/30/20211 hour, 55 seconds
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Ep. #177 - Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture w/ Dr. Mark Giszczak

What are the "dark passages" of Scripture? Why can't Catholics simply shrug them off as primitive mistakes made by ancient writers? Why is it important to remember God as Teacher, Judge, and Savior? Does God kill people? Does God order people to kill people? Is the Bible a pro-slavery book? Does Scripture support polygamy? Also, can Catholics benefit from the English Standard Version of the Bible? Dr. Mark Giszczak joins us to discuss 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/27/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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BONUS|The True Meaning of Christmas w/ Dr. Michael Barber

What is the real meaning of Christmas? Dr. Michael Barber joins us to discuss his recent book on the topic.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/23/202153 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. #176 - Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't w/ Dr. Ortlund

Why should we believe in God? How can putting arguments in a "narrative frame" help us make a better case? What advantages does Christianity have over naturalism? Was Albert Einstein an atheist? How do music, math, and love point to God's existence? Is Dr. Ortlund a classical theist? Dr. Gavin Ortlund joins us to discuss these questions and more as we take a look at his new book Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/20/202154 minutes, 40 seconds
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BONUS|A Former Muslim's Conversion w/ Dustin Quick

Why did Dustin Quick convert to Islam? What sparked his conversion to Christianity? Why did he eventually embrace Catholicism? What arguments and considerations did he find most persuasive? Dustin Quick, the host of the YouTube Channel Holy Smokes, joins us to discuss 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/17/202138 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. #175 - Vatican II (part 2) + Did JP2 kiss the Quran? w/ Fr. Blake Britton

What is the false spirit of Vatican II and how can we articulate a true spirit of Vatican II? Should Catholics support Ad Orientam or Versus Populum in the sacred liturgy? What should we think about the use of the word "subsists" in the document Lumen Gentium? Did Pope St. John Paul II kiss the Quran and what follows from this? Fr. Blake Britton joins us to discuss these and further questions about Vatican II. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/15/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. #174 - Does God Cause Sin? Divine Universal Causality (part 2) w/ Dr. Grant

If God is the cause of everything, does he also cause sin? Why does Aquinas say that God causes the act of sin? Is it plausible that moral evil is a privation? How do you respond to common objections to the privation view of evil? If one rejects a popular free-will defense, then how can we answer the problem of evil? Dr. W. Matthews Grant joins the show for a part 2 interview on these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/13/202158 minutes, 29 seconds
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BONUS|Explaining Scripture to Skeptics w/ Michael Gormley

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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook   What are some of the biggest issues skeptics have when it comes to Scripture? Why do many teenagers find it so hard to take the Bible seriously? How do you respond to these concerns? What have you found helpful in the "Jordan Peterson method" of approaching the Bible? How do you respond to people who are repulsed by the Bible's morality? Michael Gormley joins us to discuss these topics and more.
12/8/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. #173 - Answering Bible Difficulties (part 1) w/ Jimmy Akin

What do Catholics believe about Scripture? Does the Catholic Church teach that the Bible is inerrant? What does it mean that the Bible is inspired? If Councils and Popes can also exercise infallibility, is there still room in Catholicism for Scripture to have a privileged role? How can we classify the different types of Bible difficulties and respond appropriately? Is the book of Tobit (and the rest of the Deuterocanon) afflicted with insuperable errors? Jimmy Akin joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
12/6/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. #172 - Thomistic Hylomorphic Dualism: A Statement & Defense w/ Dr. Bell

What do Thomists think about issues in philosophy of mind? What is dualism? What is hylomorphism? Why think Thomistic hylomorphic dualism is true? How would a Thomistic dualist explain the interaction problem? How should a Thomistic dualist think about intentional action? Dr. Jeremy Bells joins us to discuss 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/29/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 40 seconds
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BONUS|The Documents of Vatican II w/ Dr. DeClue (+Nature/Grace debates)

Did Vatican II lead to a widespread loss of faith and widespread liturgical abuse? What are the four main documents of Vatican II and do they contain sound teaching? Did Dei Verbum 11 restrict the traditional Catholic view of Scriptural inerrancy? What was De Lubac's position in the nature/grace debates of the 20th century? Dr. Richard Declue of the Word on Fire Institute joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/22/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. #171 - Prof. Tomaszewski responds to Dr. WLC on divine simplicity

Professor Christopher Tomaszewski (Belmont Abbey College) responds to Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Ryan Mullins on the doctrine of divine simplicity. Recently, Craig and Mullins were hosted by Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity. They offered various critiques against the doctrine of divine simplicity including: (1) It's unbiblical, (2) it's anti-biblical, (3) it leads to modal collapse, and (4) it leads to unacceptable agnosticism regarding God. In this commentary episode, Tomaszewski responds to these objections. Lastly, Tomaszewski offers his own reflections on the current debate over DDS. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/15/20212 hours, 25 minutes, 57 seconds
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BONUS|Catholic Morality Explained w/ Dr. Matthew Minerd

Dr. Minerd joins the show to discuss his new book Made by God, Made for God: Catholic Morality Explained.  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/11/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. #170 - A Dialectical Response to Animal Suffering w/ Dr. Madden

What problem has Paul Draper raised for theists when it comes to evolutionary animal suffering? How might theists respond? Why is the philosophy of mind relevant to the question? Is evolutionary animal suffering more likely given naturalism than theism? Dr. Jim Madden joins the show to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/9/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. #169 - Trinitarian Challenges to Divine Simplicity w/ Dr. James Dolezal

Why do many Christians object that divine simplicity conflicts with the Trinity? What does divine simplicity teach? How can St. Thomas' doctrine of divine simplicity be viewed as compatible with orthodox trinitarianism? Don't the relations between the persons introduce accidents into God? Aren't all such Thomistic answers an example of special pleading? Doesn't saying the Father is identical to the divine nature introduce an irresolvable transitivity issue? Dr. James Dolezal joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
11/3/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 49 seconds
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BONUS|Simply Trinity w/ Dr. Matthew Barrett

Dr. Matthew Barrett to write two books on the doctrine of God? How did we "drift away" from the classical doctrine of the Trinity? What does it mean that the Son is "eternally begotten" of the Father and why should Christians believe this? Why should we think the Trinitarian persons act inseparably? Dr. Matthew Barrett joins us to discuss topics in his recent book Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
10/27/202148 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. #168 - Blue Collar Apologetics w/ John Martignoni

How did John Martignoni get involved in apologetics? What strategies does he recommend for ordinary Catholics in apologetics encounters? How can we discuss the Marian dogmas with Protestants who find them unnecessary? How might we approach conversations with atheists? John Martignoni joins the classical theism podcast to discuss these topics covered in his new book Blue Collar Apologetics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
10/25/202146 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. #167 - Anscombe & God's Intentional Act of Creation w/ Dr. Kerr

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 questions about God? Dr. Gaven Kerr joins us to share some of his recent research on intentional action. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
10/20/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. #166 - The Philosophy of the Eucharist (part II) w/ Dr. Feingold

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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
10/13/20211 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Ep. #165 - A Response to Ben Watkins' Opening Statement w/ Pat Flynn

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/27/20212 hours, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #164 - Presenting Jesus, A Teacher of Strange Things w/ Cy Kellett

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 questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/20/202158 minutes, 1 second
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BONUS|Teaching Apologetics in High School w/ Andrew Niewald

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/15/202131 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #163 - Implicit & Imperfect Faith w/ Dr. Gregory Stacey

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. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/13/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 50 seconds
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BONUS|Classical Theism & the Bible (on Gary Michuta's show)

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 tackle these topics. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/8/202151 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. #162 - The Nature of Faith & Doubt w/ Dr. Matthew Ramage

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/6/202151 minutes, 55 seconds
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BONUS|Twinning and the Metaphysics of Embryos w/ Dr. Richard Playford

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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
9/1/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 3 seconds
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COMMENTARY Bonus|Tomaszewski Responds to Mullins on Modal Collapse

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 to it? In this Commentary bonus episode, I'm joined by Professor Christopher Tomaszewski to discuss these questions. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/31/20212 hours, 14 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. #161 - Another Look at Aquinas's First Way w/ Dr. Michael Sirilla

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. Michael Sirilla joins us to discuss these issues 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/30/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. #160 - What do Catholics believe about the atonement? w/ Michael Gormley

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 tackle these issues head-on. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/23/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. #159 - Problems with Analogy after Aquinas w/ Dr. Domenic D'Ettore

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 Analogy After Aquinas. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/16/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 37 seconds
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BONUS|The Nature of God (Conversation w/ Brandon Vogt)

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 questions. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/11/202143 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. #158 - The Doctrine of Analogy w/ Dr. Joseph Trabbic

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, 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/9/202159 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. #157 - The Mystery of God w/ Denys Turner

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. How did Dr. Turner become acquainted with Fr. Herbert McCabe? Why does he criticize the free will defense? How is the thought of Julian of Norwich relevant to the problem of evil? How does he understand "prayer" and "the darkness of God"? If God is a mystery, then how can we pray to him? Dr. Denys Turner joins us to discuss these topics and more as we consider his book God, Mystery, and Mystification. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support   To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
8/2/202149 minutes, 37 seconds
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BONUS|Aquinas on How to Be Happy w/ Matt Fradd

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' Secret to a Good Life. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/28/202131 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. #156 - Defending Trinitarian Classical Theism w/ Dr. Craig Carter

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 nature of God? Can the traditional authorship of Isaiah still be defended? Dr. Craig A. Carter joins us to discuss these topics and more as we consider his book Contemplating God with the Great Tradition. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/26/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 11 seconds
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BONUS|Thomas Aquinas, Biblical Theologian w/ Dr. Dauphinais

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 perfection of its reception”? Dr. Dauphinais joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support To further support the show, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/22/20211 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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Ep. #155 - Creation, Simplicity, and Adam & Eve w/ Dr. Levering

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 answer these questions as we discuss his book Engaging the Doctrine of Creation. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/20/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #154 - God: What Every Catholic Should Know w/ Dr. Elizabeth Klein

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, defending classical theism, drawing upon the work of Thomistic philosopher Dr. Edward Feser and many others. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Also, check out my book ONE LESS GOD THAN YOU here: www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/12/202139 minutes
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BONUS|Criticism of Modern Biblical Criticism w/ Dr. Jeff Morrow

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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support Also, check out my book One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies that Atheists Use to Challenge Your Faith >> www.classicaltheism.com/newbook
7/9/202141 minutes, 10 seconds
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PHIL Bonus|What is Knowledge? w/ Dr. Tomas Bogardus

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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/7/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. #153 - The Eucharist w/ Dr. Lawrence Feingold

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. Lawrence Feingold joins us to discuss these questions and more as we look at his book The Eucharist. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/5/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 13 seconds
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BONUS|How to Talk About Homosexuality (& other tough topics) w/ Brandon Vogt

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 (Volume 2). 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/30/202153 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. #152 - An Introduction to the Gospel of John (part 2) w/ Sal Ciresi

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 questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/28/20211 hour, 4 minutes
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BONUS|Wisdom of the Word w/ Dr. Dauphinais and Dr. Levering

Why believe in God and in Jesus Christ? Why listen to the Catholic Church? Doesn't the Church have too many rules? Why is the Church so strict about sex? How can people consider Catholicism if they don't agree with Church doctrine? I'm joined by Dr. Matthew Levering and Dr. Michael Dauphinais to discuss these questions and more as we look at their new book The Wisdom of the Word: Biblical Answers to Ten Pressing Questions About Catholicism. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/25/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. #151 - An Introduction to the Gospel of John (part 1) w/ Sal Ciresi

John interviews a Scripture scholar who provides an introduction to the Gospel of John (pt. 1).  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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/22/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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BONUS|A Very Brief Reply to Some Comments from Dr. WLC

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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/9/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. #150 - Free Will & Divine Universal Causality w/ Dr. W. Matthews Grant

If God is causing everything, then how can we be free? Doesn't God's universal causality make us puppets and lead to occasionalism? And wouldn't He be different if He were to cause different things? So, how can He be simple and immutable as classical theists say? Dr. W. Matthews Grant joins us to discuss these issues and more as we look at topics from his book Free Will and God's Universal Causality: The Dual Sources Account. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/9/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 23 seconds
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BONUS|Fragments: A New Kind of Apologetics

Who was Fr. James V. Schall and why is his work important? How did attorney Peter Cavallaro become interested in theology and apologetics? What benefits are there to doing apologetics in a story/dialogue format? What arguments for the existence of God are presented in his book Fragments. Peter joins the podcast to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/2/202122 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. #149 - Does God Suffer? w/ Fr. Thomas Weinandy

Why did 20th-century theologians argue that God must suffer? Why do many traditional theologians think that God does not suffer? How should we understand divine impassibility in light of the Incarnation? What does it mean that God is "not really related" to creatures? Fr. Thomas Weinandy joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/31/202147 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #148 - Essays by Fr. Garrigou & the Principle of Finality w/ Dr. Minerd

What did Fr. Garrigou mean by saying perfections are "formally and eminently" in God? What other distinctions do Thomists typically make when discussing the divine nature? How would Fr. Garrigou defend the principle of finality against a Humean skeptic? Dr. Matthew Minerd joins the show to discuss several essays written by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/24/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #147 - On the Ordinary & Extraordinary Magisterium w/ Dr. John Joy

Who was Joseph Kleutgen? Why is his writing helpful for a correct understanding of Vatican I? What are the different levels of magisterial teaching as well as the different levels of assent they are owed? How should we understand the term "ordinary magisterium"? Did St. John Paul II teach infallibly when he said the priesthood was reserved for men? Dr. John Joy joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/17/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. #146 - A Thomistic Introduction to the Divine Attributes w/ Ryan Hurd

What are "divine attributes"? How can we divide up talk about God into three categories of "names"? What are some key principles to keep in mind about negative names? How should we think about positive names? Why is this important for Classical Theism? What are examples of relative names? Ryan Hurd joins the show again to tackle these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/10/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. #145 - What do you think about the Kalam? w/ Jimmy Akin

What is the Kalam cosmological argument? How useful is it as an argument for God's existence? What is the scientific evidence in favor of the crucial premise? What are the philosophical arguments for the crucial premise? Why doesn't Jimmy think the philosophical arguments work? What philosophical view of time is most likely correct? Jimmy Akin rejoins the show to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/4/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 54 seconds
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BONUS|Divine eternity & Divine action w/ Dr. Duby

What is divine eternity? How can the eternal God act in time? What is the meaning of the term "egression" that some have used to describe the eternal God's action? Should classical theists commit to a particular view of time: A-theory or B-theory? Dr. Steven Duby joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/28/202140 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. #144 - Classical Theism & God incarnate w/ Dr. Dolezal

What are some different models of the Incarnation in philosophical theology? How can classical theism, with a strong doctrine of divine simplicity, be consistent with the Incarnation? Why are "divestitive" or "augmentative" not to be preferred? What did Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange think about this issue? Scripture says, "The Word became flesh." How can classical theists understand such language? Dr. James Dolezal joins the podcast to discuss these questions.   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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/26/202156 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #143 - Immateriality of the Intellect (and modal collapse) w/ Tomaszewski

Do human persons survive death? What is a strong argument for the immateriality of the intellect? How does the immateriality of the intellect point to the immortality of the rational soul? How did Ross respond to various objections to his argument? What does Christopher Tomaszewski think about some recent modal collapse objections? We'll tackle those questions and more in this episode. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/12/20212 hours, 19 minutes, 6 seconds
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THEO Bonus|Are Indulgences a Problem for Catholicism? w/ Dr. Mary Moorman

What are indulgences and what are some common misconceptions people have about them? What is the foundation for the Church's doctrine of indulgences in Scripture and the early Church? How does the "nuptial covenant" play a role in understanding indulgences? How might Catholics respond to worries that indulgences are unscriptural and imply that the all-sufficient act of Christ is insufficient? Might Catholics describe indulgences in terms of "imputation"? Dr. Mary Moorman joins us to address these topics for a bonus episode. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/7/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #142 - Infallibility & the Case of Honorius w/ Erick Ybarra

What is Papal Infallibility? What are some common misconceptions about the doctrine? Does the life and episode of Pope Honorius seriously threaten this doctrine? Didn't councils condemn Honorius as a heretic? If so, wouldn't that imply that he taught a heretical position as Pope and contradict papal infallibility? Erick Ybarra joins us to tackle these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/6/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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BONUS|Rethinking the Enlightenment w/ Dr. Joseph Stuart

What are some common misconceptions people have about the Enlightenment? Was the Enlightement really all bad? How did the enlightenment open up new avenues for faith to flourish? Dr. Joseph Stuart joins us to discuss his new book Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason?
4/1/202139 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. #141 - St. Paul and "Works of the Law" w/ Dr. Matthew Thomas

What did St. Paul mean when he said men are justified by faith apart from "works of the law"? How did early Christians understand this phrase? What should we think about the differences between St. Jerome and St. Augustine on the meaning of this phrase? Is the discussion of "works of law" relevant to interpreting Romans 4 which seems to use "works" and "work" more generally? Dr. Matthew J. Thomas joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/29/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #140 - A Biblical Case for the Papacy w/ Suan Sonna

What is the nature of the Church Christ founded? What are some biblical arguments for the papacy? How do both Jewish and non-Catholic sources support a Catholic interpretation of the first-century evidence? Suan Sonna joins us to defend the Papacy as an essential element of the Church Christ founded. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/22/20211 hour, 44 seconds
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OFFICE Hours|Common Objections to Divine Simplicity w/ Pat Flynn

What is divine simplicity? What are some of the motivations for it? Who are some teachers that Pat has found helpful when researching this doctrine? How can classical theists respond to common objections from 1) multiple properties, 2) modal collapse, 3) contingent knowledge, and 4) the Trinity? Pat Flynn joins us to tackle these issues 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/12/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. #139 - Exploring the Third Way w/ Karlo Broussard

What are some different readings of the Third Way? How can the Third Way still be defended? How can we respond to common objections against the Third Way? What did various Thomists think of the argument? Where does the De Ente reasoning come in? Karlo Broussard joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/8/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 39 seconds
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BONUS|A Problem for Non-cognitivist Ethics w/ Joseph Beauchamp

What are various ethical theories philosophers discuss? How does the Frege-Geach problem relate to moral realism? How does Simon Blackburn's quasi-realism aim to avoid the Frege-Geach problem? Moreover, what problems does Blackburn's account face? Joseph Beauchamp joins us to take on these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/3/202154 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. #138 - Pro-life Philosophy & Arguments w/ Trent Horn

Why do pro-life advocates need philosophy? What is a simple argument pro-lifers can use to make the case against abortion? What are some of the worst arguments on both sides of the debate? How have pro-choice philosophers responded to pro-life arguments? What are the best responses to the best pro-choice case? Trent Horn joins us to discuss these topics in detail. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/1/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 14 seconds
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BONUS|Etienne Gilson on Being a Thomist w/ Fr. Philip Neri Reese O.P.

Who was Etienne Gilson and why is his work important? How did he make traditional Thomistic distinctions regarding understanding, knowledge, faith, and sacra doctrina? What did he think it meant to be a Thomist? Fr. Philip-Neri Reese O.P. joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/17/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #137 - Reclaiming & Defending Vatican II w/ Fr. Blake Britton

What was the Second Vatican Council and why is it worth defending? How should we respond to legitimate concerns people have about what happened after Vatican II? Did Vatican II change Church teaching on salvation, liturgy, other religions, or religious liberty? Do its documents contain errors? Fr. Blake Britton joins us to discuss these topics with passion and charity. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/15/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. #136 - God, the Bible, & Modal Collapse Revisited w/ Steven Nemes

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. Steven Nemes is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and adjunct professor of philosophy at Grand Canyon University. He’s the author of the paper: “Divine Simplicity Does Not Entail Modal Collapse” as well as several others. His doctoral dissertation is titled: A Constructive-Theological Phenomenology of Scripture.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/4/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 23 seconds
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BONUS|A Brief Review of My Conversation w/ Mullins

I play several clips of my conversation with Dr. Ryan Mullins and respond with some brief commentary. In particular, I aim to clarify some of the disagreements and distinctions related to: Whether Classical Theists can or should talk about 'Cambridge properties' or 'extrinsic changes' A quote from Aquinas on how we should speak of God as "Lord" On how to understand the claim that all of God's actions are identical to his one divine act with Nemes' causal/effectual distinction How we might affirm a mysterian Trinitarian simplicity 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/3/202140 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. #135 - A Conversation om God, DDS, and Modal Collapse w/ Dr. Ryan Mullins

What are models of God? What is neo-classical theism as opposed to classical theism? How should we think about the doctrine of divine simplicity? What is meant by 'modal collapse'? How might classical theists answer modal collapse objections? Dr. Ryan Mullins joins the show to discuss some of his thoughts on these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/2/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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BONUS|Deadly Sins of Apologetics w/ Mark Brumley

What are some of the biggest mistakes an apologist can make? How can one commit "apologetical gluttony"? What are the "deadly sins" that those engaging in apologetics most need to watch out for these days? What does Ignatius Press have coming out soon that we should check out? Mark Brumley joins us for a bonus episode to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/27/202154 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. #134 - A Catholic Scientist Defends God's Existence

How did a geneticist get so interested in writing about faith and philosophy? Why think God exists? What does science say about the matter? Why think there is a personal first cause? How might one argue for God from universals? If God is all-powerful and almighty in his universal causation, then how can we have free will? Dr. Gerard Verschuuren joins us to tackle these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/25/202146 minutes, 25 seconds
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BONUS|Simplicity, Triune Action, & Appropriation w/ David Moser

What did Augustine and Aquinas teach about the Triune action of God? What is meant by the 'indivisible operations axiom'? How do Augustine and Aquinas employ the idea of 'appropriation'? What implications does this have for how we interpret various events in Scripture? David Moser joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/20/202143 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. #133 - Negative Theology, Apophaticism, & Philosophical Analysis w/ Dr. Hewitt

What is apophaticism and why is it relevant to the Christian tradition? Isn't apophaticism self-contradictory since it talks about God and says we can't talk about God? How should we understand Scripture with an eye on apophaticism? What philosophical analysis can we bring to bear in our examination of apophaticism? Dr. Hewitt joins me to discuss his new book on these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/18/202153 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. #132 - Answering 5 Objections to Classical Theism

What is classical theism as opposed to other theistic views? How can we answer objections to simplicity, immutability, and impassibility? If God has multiple attributes, then how can he be simple? If God is absolutely simple, then how can he be a Trinity of persons? If God is immutable, how can he do anything? If God is impassible, then how can he be said to love us? What is modal collapse? 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/11/202137 minutes, 45 seconds
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BONUS|Defending the Longer Ending of Mark w/ James Snapp Jr.

What is the Longer Ending of Mark? What are the arguments against its authenticity? Can they be answered? What are the arguments for its authenticity? James Snapp Jr. joins us to discuss the evidence surrounding this contested passage. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/6/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. #131 - Kinds of Apologetics, the Resurrection, & Research Strategy w/ Jimmy Akin

How do you structure your course on Catholic apologetics? What arguments do you include for God's existence? How do you defend the Resurrection differently than others? What do you emphasize regarding Christ founding the Catholic Church? What else can listeners expect from the course? Jimmy Akin joins us to discuss his full-length course on Catholic apologetics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/4/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 29 seconds
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BONUS|Slogans, PSR, Evil, & Predestination w/ Pat Flynn (Office hours)

What some popular atheist slogans and how can they be answered? What dilemma does the atheist face regarding the PSR and problem of evil? How big is the tent in Catholicism when it comes to the doctrine of predestination? Should we affirm accounts defended by Fr. Domingo Banez or Jacques Maritain? Why does Pat lean toward Maritain? Why does John lean toward Banez? What are the potential problems with the different views? In this New Year's eve edition of Office Hours, Pat and John discuss these issues 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/31/20202 hours, 24 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #130 - A Lutheran's Case for Catholicism w/ Dr. Robert Koons

Dr. Robert Koons was a Lutheran until he converted to the Catholic faith. In this new book, he explains the important issues that eventually moved him to the Catholic faith. What does he think about the burden of proof? Sola scriptura? Justification? He joins me to discuss those details. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/28/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 4 seconds
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BONUS|Maritain, Premotion, & Predestination w/ Dr. O'Neill

Who was Jacques Maritain and why is he an important figure in Thomism? What did he teach on topics related to predestination? How did he understand God's 'antecedent' and 'consequent' wills differently than the traditional Thomist school? Dr. Taylor Patrick O'Neill joins us to critically examine some aspects of Maritain's thought. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/23/202057 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. #129 - Defending Fundamentals of the Faith w/ Michael Gormley

What does it mean to believe and why is it reasonable? How can we present the fundamentals of the faith to Catholic high school students? Why follow Jesus? How can we make natural law ethics compelling? Michael Gormley joins us to discuss some exciting new work he's done on these topics. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/21/202034 minutes, 57 seconds
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BONUS|Dialogue w/ the Atheist Who Reviewed my Book w/ Dana Harper

Who is the atheist who read and reviewed my book? What did he like about it? What criticisms did he have of the book? What keeps him an atheist? I sit down with Dana Harper to discuss several topics related to my book One Less God Than You. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/20/202044 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #128 - Essays by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange w/ Dr. Matthew Minerd

Who was Fr. Garrrigou-Lagrange and how did this set of essays come about? What is the Thomist critique of Descartes' Cogito? What does Fr. Garrigou argue in an essay on the "Empiricist Skepticism of David Hume"? How does Fr. Garrigou view apologetics as "directed by faith"? Dr. Matthew K. Minerd joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/15/202059 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. #127 - A Jesuit's View of Animals & Animal Suffering w/ Fr. Christopher Steck S.J.

What place do animals have in God's creation? Might some animals be redeemed? Why have some theologians moved beyond the traditional Thomistic framework? Can these newer answers help with the problem of evil and suffering? Fr. Christopher Steck S.J. joins the podcast to discuss these questions and more as we take a look at his book All God's Animals. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/7/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. #126 - The Problem of Animal Suffering w/ Dr. Kyle Keltz

What problems of evil have been proposed that focus on animal suffering? How might a Thomistic theist respond to these arguments? If faced with the apparently gratuitous suffering of a fawn trapped and burning to death in a forest fire, how might you respond in 60 seconds or less? Dr. B. Kyle Keltz joins us to tackle these questions and more as we explore his recent book Thomism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/30/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. #125 - Is Catholic Faith Worth Having? w/ Dr. Stacey

What is "Catholic faith" and why is it valuable? How can Catholics respond to the objection that traditional accounts of faith are not consistent with faith being valuable? How might Protestant Christians respond? Is there a way to argue faith is intrinsically valuable on a Catholic view? Dr. Stacey joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/23/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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BONUS|An Abductive Cosmological Argument w/ Paulo Juarez

What is an abductive argument as opposed to an inductive one? How can one make an abductive cosmological argument for the existence of God? Does this argument lead us to believe the cause of the universe is personal? How would the proponent of this argument respond to several objections? Paulo Juarez joins the podcast to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/18/20201 hour, 1 minute, 41 seconds
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Ep. #124 - Faith & Rationality in Aquinas w/ Fr. James Brent OP

What is 'faith' according to St. Thomas Aquinas? What makes it rational to have faith? What illustrations might we use to think about faith as an act of personal trust? Does faith include belief? Did Mother Theresa have faith throughout her life? Fr. James Brent O.P. joins us for a deep dive into these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/16/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 12 seconds
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BONUS|Divine Simplicity & Trinity w/ Ryan M. Hurd

What is meant by 'divine simplicity' in Thomas Aquinas and those before him? How do we come to affirm the doctrine of divine simplicity? Why is that a different process than that by which we come to affirm the Trinity? How is the Trinity compatible with a doctrine of divine simplicity? Ryan Hurd joins us to tackle these questions and more from a Thomistic Perspective. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/11/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #123 - Was the Reformation a Mistake? w/ Dr. Levering

Was the Reformation a mistake? That's the essential question and topic of this conversation with Dr. Matthew Levering who wrote a book on the topic. We discuss the nature of biblical reasoning from Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives as well as differences between Catholics and Protestants on the issue of justification. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/9/202053 minutes, 13 seconds
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BONUS|Reviving Catholic Catechisms w/ Aaron Seng

What is the tradivox project of reviving old catechisms? Why look to old catechisms when we already have the modern catechism of the Catholic Church? Who could benefit from this? For instance, could this work be useful to local parishes? Aaron Seng, the founder of Tradivox Inc. joins us to answer these questions and more. Aaron Seng is the founder and President of Tradivox Inc. Tradivox is an effort to recover the catechetical tradition of the Church. Also, Aaron's team comprises an international group of motivated scholars, translators, copyists, editors, and designers. Additionally, several years have been spent in quiet archival research and textual restoration of scores of official Catholic catechisms from the last millennium to bring about this new series. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/5/202032 minutes, 10 seconds
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BONUS|Philosophy for Regular People w/ Fr. Robert McTeigue S.J.

What is philosophy and why is it important? How do faith and reason relate to each other? How can we think about worldviews? What is a human person? Fr. Robert McTeigue joins me to discuss these questions and more on a bonus episode. Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J., is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He has lectured worldwide on philosophy and theology. A member of the National Ethics Committee of the Catholic Medical Association, he is host and producer of the radio show The Catholic Current on the Station of the Cross. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/4/202033 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. #122 - Is Purgatory a True Christian Doctrine? w/ Karlo Broussard

Is Purgatory a true Christian doctrine? What is the Scriptural evidence for Purgatory? Is there support for aspects of Purgatory in other religious traditions? What did the early Church teach about Purgatory? Doesn't a typical Catholic argument for Purgatory commit a logical fallacy? Karlo Broussard joins us to answer these questions and more. Karlo Broussard is a staff apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He travels the country giving talks on apologetics, the Bible, theology, and philosophy. Karlo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, and a masters in philosophy from Holy Apostles College. He’s the author of several books including Prepare the Way, Meeting the Protestant Challenge, and a new book on Purgatory which is the subject of today’s interview. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/2/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 49 seconds
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BONUS|Modal Collapse & Existential Inertia w/ Steven Nemes

Does Divine Simplicity entail a modal collapse? What is the difference principle and why is it relevant? Can the God of classical theism make intentional choices? And what about the hypothesis of existential inertia? Are there any reasons to think existential inertia is false? Steven Nemes rejoins the show to consider these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support  
10/28/202056 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. #121 - Divine Knowledge & Divine Simplicity w/ Tomaszewski

How should classical theists think about divine knowledge? How can God have knowledge of diverse subjects if he is absolutely simple? Doesn't God's knowledge change when changes occur in the world? Wouldn't God still have contingent knowledge if he only existed alone? Christopher Tomaszewski joins the podcast again to explain how classical theists might understand divine knowing and defend the account against objections. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/26/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. #120 - Classical Theism & the Incarnation w/ Dr. Gorman

What is the doctrine of the Incarnation? How does Aquinas discuss the doctrine? How is the Incarnation compatible with classical theist doctrines of simplicity, immutability, and impassability? Dr. Michael Gorman joins the podcast to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/21/202053 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. #119 - Simplicity in the Summa w/ Dr. Kerr

Is divine simplicity a philosophical or revealed doctrine? How should we understand question 3 of the Summa? Why think God is not composed of matter and form or essence and existence? What do classical theists mean when they say God is not in a genus? How does real essentialism differ from modal essentialism? Dr. Gaven Kerr joins the show to tackle 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/19/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #118 - Simplicity, Plotinus, & Complex Theism w/ Dr. Cohoe

How did Plotinus argue for absolute divine simplicity? What is Plato's criterion? Why must the fundamental being be absolutely simple and not just somewhat simple or relatively simple? How does Phil Corkum's analysis help respond to a worry about divine simplicity? What do complex theists have in common with pantheists? What does Scotus say about divine simplicity and why is his proposal unhelpful for complex theists? Dr. Caleb Cohoe rejoins the show to answer these questions and discuss two intriguing published papers. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/12/202055 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #117 - A Biblical Case for Divine Simplicity w/ Dr. Duby

Is it really possible to make a biblical case for the doctrine of divine simplicity? How can one do so? How does simplicity relate to the biblical doctrine of God's singularity? How does simplicity relate to the biblical doctrine of God's immutability? What are some key biblical texts that can be put forward to argue for divine simplicity? Dr. Steven J. Duby joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/5/202047 minutes, 52 seconds
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BONUS|Why There Must be a First w/ Dr. Caleb Cohoe

What is an essentially ordered causal series? Why think essentially ordered causal series must have a first member? How can we ward off common misunderstandings regarding the first, second, and third ways of St. Thomas? Does the hand-stick-stone series really terminate in God? Dr. Caleb Cohoe joins us for a bonus episode to answer those questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/30/202039 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. #116 - The One Creator God w/ Fr. Michael Dodds

Why think the unmoved mover is also a personal God? How should we understand God as the creator? Why should we use "analogical predication" to speak of God and what does that mean? What is meant by saying God is not "really related" to creatures? If God exercises meticulous providence over creation, does that reduce people to puppets? Fr. Michael Dodds joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss his new book The One Creator God.   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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/28/202048 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. #115 - He Founded the Catholic Church w/ Tim Staples

What was the nature of the early Church? Why should we believe Christ founded the Catholic Church? Shouldn't we think of the Church as an invisible set of all believers? What about the fact that the Westminster Confession of Faith professes to hold to a visible model of the Church? Tim Staples joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/21/202048 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. #114 - Apologetics in Hebrews w/ Dr. Swafford

What can Catholics learn from the letter to the Hebrews? What does it teaching about Christ? How is it relevant to our worship? How can we respond to objections from Hebrews to the mass as a sacrifice? Isn't there a glaring Bible error in Hebrews 9? Dr. Andrew Swafford joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/14/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 11 seconds
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Debate Recap|Fr. Gregory Pine & Ben Watkins

Fr. Gregory Pine joins us to review some aspects of his debate with Ben Watkins on the Pints with Aquinas YouTube channel. We discuss Ben's main objections in his opening statement. Also, I provide several resources for those who want to pursue further replies to Ben's objections. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/11/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 41 seconds
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BONUS|The Sacraments w/ Eric Robinson

What are the sacraments and why are they important to our lives as Catholics? What should we teach our children about baptism, confirmation, and confession? Didn't the Catholics add more sacraments than Christ originally intended? We're joined by Eric Robinson for answers to these questions as we discuss his new book on the sacraments. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/9/202026 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #113 - Winning Friends for Christ w/ Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh

How should Catholic evangelize? What does good evangelization look like? What do we actually say? What if we're worried about being stumped by questions or getting into an awkward encounter? Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh joins us to answer these questions and more as we look at his book How To Win Friends for Christ One Conversation at a Time. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/7/202054 minutes, 22 seconds
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BONUS|Is John 7:53 - 8:11 part of Scripture? w/ James Snapp Jr. (textual criticism pt. 1)

What is textual criticism? Should Christians be concerned that there are hundreds of thousands of variants within the New Testament manuscript copies we possess? Are John 7:53 - 8:11 and Mark 16:9-20 inspired Scripture? What should we make of the claims that John 7:53-8:11 isn't found in any of the earliest or best manuscripts? Or the idea that it "floats around" and is found in other places of John or Luke? James Snapp Jr. joins us for an exciting bonus episode to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/2/20201 hour, 43 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #112 - Natural Theology & the Resurrection of Jesus

Who are some of the most important thinkers of the past when it comes to arguing for God's existence? Should we use the term "proofs" when describing arguments for God? How does Jesus' Resurrection fit into Catholic apologetics? How did neo-scholastic and nouvelle theologie writers differ in their approach to the Resurrection? What can they learn from each other? Dr. Matthew Levering joins us to tackle these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/31/20201 hour, 54 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. #111 - How to Think About God w/ Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn joins the podcast again to present his 5-step argument for God's existence. In his new eBook How to Think About God, he lays out a philosophical case for the God of classical theism. In this episode, he explains several steps of his argument and defends it against objections. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/24/202056 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. #110 - The Life & Work of Fr. Herbert McCabe w/ Dr. Manni

Who was Fr. Herbert McCabe? Which teachers has the most profound influence on him? What did he emphasize when it came to philosophy and natural theology? What did he think about God and evil? Where should one begin when reading his work? Dr. Franco Manni joins me to answer these questions and more as we discuss his new book Herbert McCabe: Recollecting a Fragmented Legacy. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/17/202059 minutes, 38 seconds
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BONUS | St. Thomas on the Trinity w/ Ryan Hurd

Where does St. Thomas teach about the Trinity? What is the distinction between dogmatics and systematics when it comes to theology? Why is the so-called psychological analogy the highest analogy for St. Thomas? What Scripture does St. Thomas cite in his discussions of the Trinity? Ryan Hurd joins us to answer these questions and more in a bonus episode. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/12/202049 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. #109 - Against an Infinite Past w/ Wade Tisthammer

Are there any successful philosophical arguments against the infinite past? St. Thomas Aquinas did not think so. Nonetheless, several contemporary philosophers have produced new paradoxes and arguments of which Aquinas was not aware. In this episode, Wade Tisthammer presents his "Eternal Society Paradox." 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/10/202035 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. #108 - Is God a Person? w/ Dr. Simon Hewitt

What is apophaticism? Why is it important for Christians? Is God a person? Why have some classical theists said that God is not a person? Dr. Simon Hewitt joins us to answer those questions and discuss some of his own work on these subjects. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/3/202043 minutes, 16 seconds
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BONUS|A Contingency Argument w/ "Bad Apologist"

The "Bad Apologist" joins us to discuss a contingency argument for God's existence. After that, we discuss the burden of proof debate and how it relates to conversations about atheism/theism. He also shares with us where to find a lesser-known argument for God that St. Thomas defended. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/29/202033 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #107 - Classical Theism & Fr. Barry Miller w/ Dr. Kremer

Who was Fr. Barry Miller? What is the main thrust of his argument from existence to God? How does he understand the doctrine of divine simplicity? Dr. Elmar Kremer joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/27/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. #106 - Tradition, Lexicons, & Paradigms w/ Dr. Cross

Why is Tradition important when it comes to understanding Scripture? What does it mean that the lexical approach is not ecclesiological neutral? How can we trust apostolic tradition when Irenaeus said Jesus was 50+ years old when he died? Dr. Bryan Cross joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss Tradition, lexicons, and paradigms. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/20/202041 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. #105 - Pope Peter w/ Joe Heschmeyer

What is the nature of the Church Christ founded? What evidence is there that Peter was the first Pope? Why should Christians believe in the Papacy? Joe Heschmeyer joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss his new book Pope Peter - Defending the Church's Most Distinctive Doctrine in a Time of Crisis. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/13/202051 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. #104 - Science, Evolution, and Monogenesis w/ Dr. Kemp

Are science and religion at war? Have they been at war since Darwin developed his evolutionary theory? Can one still hold to an original couple (Adam and Eve) in light of recent genetic evidence? Dr. Kenneth Kemp joins us to tackle these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/6/202052 minutes, 57 seconds
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BONUS|Banez & Divine Simplicity w/ Ryan Hurd

Who was the Dominican Domingo Banez? What were some of his important contributions? Where did he treat the doctrine of divine simplicity? Why should Christians hold to simplicity when it's not set down in Scripture? Ryan Hurd, who enjoys reading Banez in Latin, joins us to share some important thoughts on this topic. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/3/202042 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. #103 - Catholic Reformed Epistemology? (part 2) w/ Dr. Stacey

What is Reformed epistemology? Is it compatible with Catholicism? Can specifically Catholic belief be rational apart from arguments? Dr. Gregory Stacey joins us to discuss his doctoral dissertation where he aims to situate a type of Reformed epistemology within Catholicism. He calls it "Counter-Reformed epistemology" (CRE). In this interview, he provides details behind his model and defends it against several objections. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/29/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. #102 - Catholic Reformed Epistemology? (part 1) w/ Dr. McNabb

Can belief in God be rational apart from arguments? What is Reformed epistemology? Do studies in cognitive science provide a defeater for religious belief? Is Reformed epistemology compatible with Catholicism? Is what Vatican I teaches authoritatively in tension with Reformed epistemology? Dr. Tyler McNabb joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/22/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 56 seconds
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BONUS|God, Jesus, & the Church w/ Flynn and Robinson

This is part 2 of a roundtable discussion with Pat Flynn and Eric Robinson. You can check out Pat Flynn's podcast "The Pat Flynn Show" and Eric Robinson's podcast "Polycarp's Paradigm" for more of their great content. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/18/20201 hour, 49 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #101 - Does the Trinity Entail Simplicity? w/ Tomaszewski

What is the logical problem of the Trinity? Does divine simplicity create an additional problem for Trinitarianism? Some have argued that far from creating an extra problem, divine simplicity is actually entailed by the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. Christopher Tomaszewski joins us to present an argument to that effect. We discuss his argument and several related issues. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/15/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. #100 - Divine Simplicity & the Holy Trinity w/ Fr. White O.P.

What are the historical and theological bases for the doctrine of divine simplicity? How do Trinitarian affirmations relate to divine simplicity? What are the highlights of Aquinas' presentation of the doctrine of divine simplicity? How can God be both triune and absolutely simple? Does the doctrine of the Holy Trinity have any application to our lives as believers? Fr. Thomas Joseph White O.P. joins me to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/8/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #99 - What to Say and How to Say It w/ Brandon Vogt

How can we have more effective conversations about our Catholic faith? What are some important points to remember about trusting the gospels? What should Catholics remember when discussing transgenderism? Brandon Vogt joins us to answer these questions as we discuss his brand new book What to Say and How to Say It. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/1/202051 minutes, 45 seconds
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BONUS|Round Table on God, ID & More w/ Flynn & Robinson

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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/29/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. #98 - The Multiplicity of Divine Ideas w/ Dr. Doolan

What are divine ideas? How should we understand Aquinas' talk of the multiplicity of divine ideas? How does that jive with the doctrine of divine simplicity? What would Aquinas think of an Augustinian-style proof? Dr. Gregory T. Doolan joins the show to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/25/202048 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. #97 - An Argument for God from Logic w/ Dr. Anderson

Dr. Anderson outlines and defends an argument for God from logic. First, he argues that the laws of logic are necessary truths that really exist. Next, he proceeds to the conclusion that the laws of logic imply the existence of a necessarily existing mind i.e. God. He also answers objections related to nominalism and divine simplicity. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/18/202054 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. #96 - What's Missing in Catholic Apologetics? w/ Michael Gormley

What secret project has Gomer been working on? What's the relationship between apologetics and evangelization? How can we start an apologetics small group at our Church? What's missing in Catholic apologetics? What else is on Gomer's mind? Michael Gormley rejoins us on the classical theism podcast to preach Jesus Christ with unmatched enthusiasm. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/13/202045 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. #95 - Two Papal Difficulties (Nicaea & John XXII) w/ Matt Sewell

How should we categorize various Papal difficulties? How can Nicaea be considered an ecumenical council if it wasn't called by the Pope? Didn't Pope John XXII err in his teaching about the beatific vision? What does that mean for infallibility? I'm joined by Matt Sewell from the Popecast to consider these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/9/202039 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. #94 - Aquinas as Catholic & Evangelical w/ Dr. Beckwith

What did Aquinas teach about natural theology? Have some evangelical Christians misunderstood this? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? What does Aquinas have to say that could help with that question? Why are many Catholic philosophers opposed to intelligent design? Dr. Frank Beckwith joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss his book Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/4/202058 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. #93 - The Resurrection of Jesus w/ Dr. Morrow

Why think Jesus rose from the dead? Don't we have reason to question whether Jesus was actually buried? And why opt for a supernatural explanation when there are many naturalistic theories? Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow joins us to answer these questions as we discuss his book on the Resurrection of Jesus. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/27/202038 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. #92 - Simplicity Does Not Entail Modal Collapse

Does the doctrine of divine simplicity entail modal collapse? How can the classical theists respond to such modal collapse objections? Why is the original problem an objection for virtually all theists and not just classical theists? Steven Nemes, a doctoral student, joins us to answer these questions and discuss a very interesting paper of his.
4/20/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. #91 - Salvaging Pascal's Wager w/ Dr. Jackson

How can Pascal's Wager possibly work if there are so many religions to choose from? Also, how is it supposed to work when multiple religions offer infinite value? Plus, isn't there a worry that choosing a religion based on value is *dishonest* and opposed to truth-seeking? Dr. Liz Jackson joins the podcast to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/13/202051 minutes, 13 seconds
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BONUS|Defending Extended Christology w/ Dr. Pawl

Could the Father or Spirit have become incarnate? What is a "supposit"? What is a "human nature"? Did Christ possess the beatific vision in his human nature? What implications does this have? Dr. Timothy Pawl joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss his book Defending Extended Conciliar Christology.
4/11/202054 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. #90 - Kingdom by Creation w/ Chris Plance

Why do Catholics need to return to the Old Testament? What is Marcionism and why did the Church reject it? How should we understand the book of Genesis? Chris Plance joins the show to discuss these questions and more as we discuss his forthcoming book Kingdom by Creation. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
4/6/202055 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. #89 - Defending Kalam on B-theory w/ Curt Metcalfe

Does the Kalam Cosmological argument depend on the A-theory of time? Is it possible that it can also work on B-theory? In this episode, Curtis Metcalfe defends a version of the Kalam argument granting a B-theory of time. We also discuss some objections that have been leveled at the Kalam argument. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/30/202050 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #88 - Why Did God Allow COVID-19? w/ Dr. Rasmussen

What is the logical problem of evil? How should we think about particular, horrendous evils? Do they provide evidence against God's existence? What about natural evils like COVID-19 and animal suffering? In this episode, Dr. Josh Rasmussen joins us to talk through a whole host of philosophical considerations when it comes to the problem of evil and suffering. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/23/202057 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. #87 - More Hiddenness w/ Dr. Rea

Dr. Michael Rea answers the following questions in our interview. What first got you interested in the Problem of Hiddenness and what led you to write the book? What are the two major problems of hiddenness that you aim to tackle in the book? John Schellenberg's first premise (S1) says, "If a perfectly loving God exists, then there exists a God who is always open to a personal relationship with any finite person?" What do you find problematic in this argument?  What view are you inclined to adopt with respect to divine transcendence and what implications does this have for the problem of divine hiddenness? Why don't you take the approach of defending specific human goods that could be obtained through a degree of divine hiddenness? What are a few summary points that you make in chapter 5 about ideal love, human love, and divine love that help you make your case? 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/16/202053 minutes, 26 seconds
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BONUS_Grace, Predestination, and Sin (part 2) w/ Dr. O'Neill

Is Domingo Banez really a reliable interpreter of St. Thomas or does he overlay an exotic system on top of what St. Thomas actually teaches? In part two, we examine three teachings of Banez: (1) physical premotion, (2) sufficient grace and efficacious grace, and (3) sin and reprobation. Dr. O'Neill ably defends a traditional Banezian position, arguing that there is nothing in Banez that is not first (implicitly) in St. Thomas. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/10/202040 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. #86 - Who has the BURDEN of PROOF? w/ Dr. Bogardus

Who has the burden of proof: atheists or theists? What considerations go into answering this question? What did Anthony Flew use to argue that the burden of proof was on theists? How can we respond to Russell's teapot? What should we think about evidentialism and Reformed epistemology? How does Pascal's wager fit into this discussion? Dr. Bogardus joins us to answer these questions. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
3/9/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. #85 - Unlocking Divine Action w/ Fr. Dodds

How should we understand divine action? How is causality being discussed today in science and philosophy? How should we understand the relationship between science and philosophy when it comes to causality? In light of classical theism, how should we understand things like miracles and human freedom? Fr. Dodds OP joins us to discuss these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/23/202051 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #84 - The Inerrancy of Scripture w/ Dr. Feingold

How should we understand the inspiration of Scripture? Is the Bible wholly inerrant? What has the Church taught regarding this? How should we understand the ideas surrounding Dei Verbum 11? Dr. Lawrence Feingold joins us to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/17/202059 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. #83 - Bible Challenges to Catholicism w/ Karlo Broussard

How can the Catholic Church teach X when the Bible says otherwise? Karlo Broussard joins us to discuss his new book, Meeting the Protestant Challenge, which aims to meet 50 challenges of this sort. We discuss Acts 15, the canon of Scripture, as well as graven images and statues. How can the Catholic Church teach X when the Bible says otherwise? Karlo Broussard joins us to discuss his new book, Meeting the Protestant Challenge, which aims to meet 50 challenges of this sort. We discuss Acts 15, the canon of Scripture, as well as graven images and statues.
2/10/202043 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. #82 - Divine Impassibility w/ Dr. Dolezal

According to classical theists, God lacks passions. That means he is *not* passionately in love with us. Why would one hold to such a position? How does one get around the passion-soaked language of the Old and New Testaments? Is there any scriptural warrant for the view that God is impassible? Dr. Dolezal joins us for an invigorating discussion of these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
2/3/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. #81 - A Natural Theology seminar (part 2) w/ Dr. Koons

What are some of the best arguments for God's existence? Dr. Robert Koons just taught an entire graduate seminar on natural theology and joins us for the recap. In this episode, we discuss cosmological arguments, Augustinian-style arguments, and epistemological arguments. Along the way, I press Dr. Koons with various objections, and he gives some great replies. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/27/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. #80 - The Wager & Fine-tuning w/ Dr. Rota

How does Pascal's Wager work? Should people find it persuasive or is it merely an attempt at evangelistic manipulation? How does one answer the "Many God's" objection and the intellectual dishonesty objections? Dr. Michael Rota updates the wager and argues that it succeeds in motivating commitment to a devout Christian life. Also, I share a clip from the Capturing Christianity podcast where Dr. Rota explains how to respond to the multiverse objection to fine-tuning. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/20/202054 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #79 - Thinking about Adam & Eve w/ Dr. Swamidass

Does modern science contradict the historicity of Adam and Eve? What scientific stands in tension with the biblical narrative? Dr. Joshua Swamidass joins the show to discuss his fascinating new book: The Genealogical Adam and Eve. After the show, I lay out some options and implications for Catholic Christians and pose some questions that can hopefully lead to further discussion. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/13/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. #78 - Creation ex Nihilo & Divine Simplicity w/ Chance Juliano

Are there any arguments for divine simplicity that don't depend on Aristotelian or neo-platonic metaphysical principles? Chance Juliano answers in the affirmative. In this episode, he walks us through the argument in his master's thesis that creation ex nihilo requires divine simplicity. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
1/6/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 42 seconds
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BONUS|Answering 2 Papal Objections

What do Catholics believe about the Papacy? Who was Pope Liberius and why doesn't his historical situation threaten the doctrine of papal infallibility? Who was Pope Honorius and why doesn't his historical situation disprove the doctrine of papal infallibility? Matthew Sewell joins us to tackle two objections to the papacy and explain these historical episodes. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/31/201936 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. #77 - Deep Bible Questions w/ Jimmy Akin

Jimmy joins us to tackle some deep questions related to the Bible. First, I confront Jimmy with what the New American Bible has to say about traditional Gospel authorship. Second, we look at some responses to Catholic arguments about the canon from two Reformed theologians. Third, we consider two famous textual variants: the pericope adulterae and longer ending of Mark. Finally, I ask Jimmy a listener question. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/30/201951 minutes, 51 seconds
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BONUS|The Philosophy of Gender w/ Dr. Bogardus

What is meant by man and woman? What are the traditional definitions? How are various people looking to redefine them? What should we make about the sex/gender distinction? What important philosophical points should we make in discussions about gender issues? Dr. Tomas Bogardus has authored some recent papers on the subject and joins us to answer these questions 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/26/201956 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #76 - Classical Theism & Physics w/ Dr. Cundy

What is physics? How does it differ from metaphysics? What is quantum field theory and how does it jive with Aristotelian concepts? What are virtual particles and do they disprove the principle of causality? Dr. Nigel Cundy joins the podcast to discuss those questions and more as it related to his enormous book: What is Physics? A Defence of Classical Theism.
12/23/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. #75 - Answering Atheist Slogans w/ K. Little

I sat down with K. Albert Little of the Cordial Catholic podcast to discuss Answering Atheist Slogans. We chat about arguments for God, science, and the problem of evil. 
12/16/201955 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. #74 - Philosophy, Logic, & Physics w/ Dr. Kemple

What is logic? How does one engage in philosophical questioning? How do questions of physics relate to metaphysics? How should we understand causality in light of Hume's objections? How should we understand the human person in light of recent neuroscience? Dr. Brian Kemple joins the podcast to give his take on these questions and discuss his book: Introduction to Philosophical Principles: Logic, Physics, and the Human Person.
12/9/201949 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. #73 - The Bible & Catholicism w/ Jimmy Akin

When were the books of the Old Testament written? How did the New Testament come to be compiled? How should we date the Gospels? What was the role of Tradition and the Church when it came to the Bible? Jimmy Akin joins us to answer these questions and more as he discusses his new work The Bible is a Catholic Book. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
12/2/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. #72 - Is Faith in Christ Irrational? w/ Fr. Pine

11/25/20191 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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Ep. #71 - Why Take Jesus Seriously? w/ Michael Gormley

Why take Jesus seriously when there are so many religious figures one could follow? What specific prophecies did Jesus actually fulfill and how do we know this wasn't just forged? Also, if Jesus is so great then why didn't he condemn slavery? Catholic evangelist Michael Gormley joins us to tackle these questions on the podcast. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/17/201947 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. #70 - Minimal Facts & the Resurrection w/ Dr. Licona

Dr. Mike Licona joins the podcast to defend the historicity of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. He defends a set of "minimal facts" and offers the resurrection as the best explanation of those facts. Along the way, I ask Dr. Licona for clarification and push back with objections. He brings great content and replies! 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/11/201958 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. #69 - Exegetical Support for Classical Theism w/ Dr. Dolezal

This episode is two parts. 1) A conversation on Gary Michuta's show about What is Classical Theism and Why Should We Hold to It? 2) A bonus conversation with Dr. James Dolezal about Scriptural Support for Classical Theism. He discusses Revelation 4:11, Acts 14:15, Acts 17, and John 1:3. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
11/4/201948 minutes, 53 seconds
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BONUS|Grace, Predestination, & Sin w/ Dr. O'Neill

Should Catholics believe in Predestination? What are the competing views? Why did several 20th century Thomists seek to update the traditional Thomistic doctrine on the subject? How does Banezianism differ from Calvinism? Dr. Taylor Patrick O'Neill joins us to discuss these questions. He draws from his new, detailed book on the subject: Grace, Predestination, and the Permission of Sin: A Thomistic Analysis. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/30/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. #68 - Divine Immutability w/ Fr. Dodds

Why should we think God is absolutely immutable? Doesn't Scripture affirm that He changes His mind? How can an unchanging God cause a world full of change? Fr. Michael Dodds OP joins me to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/28/201935 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #66 - Simplicity & Modal Collapse w/ Tomaszewski

Divine Simplicity faces a significant objection from "modal collapse. If God is simple and His one simple act of creation is identical to Himself, then doesn't that imply creation is necessary? How can the absolutely simple God bring about a world chock full of contingency? Christopher Tomaszewski, a PhD student at Baylor, joins us to discuss his article responding to the "modal collpase" objection. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/21/201952 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #67 - The Incarnation & Simplicity w/ Dr. Tim Pawl

In the incarnation, the Son of God assumed a human nature . Men are composite in all sorts of ways. So, how can absolute divine simplicity fit with the Incarnation? Must Christians assert contradictories that God is both simple and composite? How can we think about this? Dr. Timothy Pawl is back on the podcast to answer these questions 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 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/20/201940 minutes, 23 seconds
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BONUS|Greg Koukl Talks to an Atheist

I provide commentary on a conversation between Christian Apologist Greg Koukl and an atheist caller Doug. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/16/201947 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #65 - Simplicity & the Trinity

How does absolute divine simplicity cohere with the trinity? What is meant by trinitarian monotheism? Doesn't Aquinas' exposition lead us to inevitable contradictions in the Godhead? Paul Chutikorn joins us to unpack the concepts and vocabulary needed to understand the trinity. He argues that Trinitarian monotheism is compatible with the absolutely simple God. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/14/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 1 second
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BONUS | Aquinas & Creation w/ Dr. Kerr

I recorded an interview with Dr. Gaven Kerr O.P. who is a lay Dominican. He's written an outstanding new book on Aquinas and Creation. It's definitely an academic work, but Dr. Kerr explains the thought of Aquinas clearly and systematically.  Topics covered: - An overview of the book - The Agent of Creation - The Meaning of Creation - How can we analyze creation in terms of the four causes? - Does creation threaten divine immutability?  - Does God's creation threaten creaturely freedom? - Kerr's analysis of what he calls Aquinas' proof in the De Ente - Discussion of the controversy over whether Aquinas proves God in the De Ente (cf. Wippel and Owens)
10/9/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. #64 - Absolute Divine Simplicity w/ Dr. Dolezal

Why is absolute divine simplicity an important doctrine for Christians? What are his primary arguments from philosophy? How does Scripture support the position? What are the best objections to the doctrine? Dr. James Dolezal joins us to answer those questions as we look into his book God Without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
10/7/20191 hour, 15 seconds
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Ep. #63 - Examining Sola Scriptura w/ Jimmy Akin

Should Christians subscribe to sola scriptura? What arguments would come up in a debate on this topic? How does the Catholic position differ from a sola scriptura approach? What objections do we need to consider? We're joined by Jimmy Akin to address these issues. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/30/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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BONUS | Aquinas, sin, and evil w/ Dr. Frey

In this bonus episode, Dr. Jennifer Frey tackles a bunch of hard questions about evil, sin, and Aquinas. She provides some helpful examples to illustrate the key ideas. I ask her about comments she's made on the free-will defense and theodicy. It's an engaging batch of topics! 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/26/201950 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. #62 - Early Evidence for the Eucharist w/ Dr. Beaumont

Did the early Church believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? What early evidence supports this? Also, if transubstantiation is based on Aristotelian categories that weren't brought into Christianity until the 12th century, how can the doctrine be biblical or historical? Dr. Doug Beaumont joins us to answer these questions 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 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/23/201948 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. #61 - Exegetical Support for Petrine Primacy w/ Fr. Gadenz

Is there strong scriptural support for the Primacy of Peter? Scholar of sacred scripture, Fr. Pablo T. Gadenz, joins us to examine three passages to answer that question. We look at Matthew 16, Luke 22, and John 21 in detail. And I mean DETAIL. I put several objections to Fr. Gadenz along the way. In the final segment, I ask about scriptural support for the ideas of an office and papal succession. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/16/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. #60 - A Natural Theology Seminar w/ Dr. Koons

This fall, Dr. Robert Koons is teaching a graduate seminar on arguments for God's existence. In this episode, we cover cosmological arguments, teleological arguments, and epistemological arguments. We have a detailed discussion about the Kalam argument and fine-tuning arguments. Dr. Koons response to the multiverse objection and the problem of evil and suffering. This is one of the best episodes in the history of this podcast! 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/9/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. #59 - Apologetics in C.S. Lewis w/ David Bates

How did C.S. Lewis argue for the existence of God? How did he argue for Christianity in particular? Would he have been sympathetic to Classical Theism? David Bates joins us to answer these questions while discussing the life and apologetics of C.S. Lewis. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
9/2/201948 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. #58 - 3 Arguments for God w/ Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt joins us to defend three arguments for God's existence from his recent book. First, he explains the purpose of his book and situates the chapter on God's existence. Second, he discusses the Kalam argument, a moral argument, and an argument from reason. Finally, he defends them against several common objections. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/26/201946 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. #57 - Why Do You Believe in God w/ Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier joins us to discuss his book Why Do You Believe in God? In the book, he provides over a dozen real discussions he's had about God's existence, science, the problem of evil, and other tough religious topics. Throughout the interview, I press Bryan to expand these topics and give us tips for our own conversations. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/19/201935 minutes, 3 seconds
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BONUS|Catholic Songwriter Reverts to Faith

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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/16/201929 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. #56 - Classical Theism & Analogy w/ Dr. Delfino

Dr. Robert A. Delfino joins us to discuss the doctrine of analogy, which is very important for classical theists. Through the course of the episode, he walks through exemplar causality, logical vs. philosophical predication, and the different types of analogy. Toward the end, I ask Dr. Delfino how his analysis might apply to three passages of Scripture. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/12/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. #55 - Modern Physics & Faith w/ Dr. Stephen Barr

Dr. Stephen Barr joins us to discuss his book Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. Does science support the existence of God? What about the order in the universe and the so-called "fine-tuning"? Are those evidence for God? Also, we discuss at length (and have a good-hearted dispute) over whether the Kalam argument is evidence for the existence of God. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
8/5/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. #54 - How to Evangelize Atheists

Michael Gormley (i.e. "Gomer") joins the podcast to explain how to evangelize atheists. Gomer brings electric energy and years of experience with loads of great stories. He provides plenty of resource recommendations as well as advice for spiritual preparation. Also, I ask Gomer how he might approach discussions with 4th graders, 11th graders, and adults differently. Finally, I ask about whether atheists can be saved. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/29/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. #53 - Exploring the Nature of the Foundation w/ Dr. Rasmussen (part 3)

In part 3, we discuss the nature of the ultimate foundation of reality. This has come to be known as stage 2 of arguments for God. He defends the idea that the foundation of reality is independent, purely actual, possesses eternal power, and is the foundation of minds. Lastly, I ask Dr. Rasmussen for a 60-second summary of what people should expect from this book. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/26/201937 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. #52 - Reality Has an Ultimate Foundation w/ Dr. Rasmussen (part 2)

In part 2, Dr. Rasmussen explains the "puzzle of existence" and how reason can show reality must have an ultimate, independent foundation. Additionally, he dispels an objection from the scientific example of "virtual particles" and shows his argument works even if the world is eternal. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/25/201929 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. #51 - How Reason Can Lead to God w/ Dr. Rasmussen (part 1)

In part 1, Dr. Rasmussen tells his own story of how his worldview fell apart. Also, he provides many practical tips for having productive worldview conversations. Finally, I ask Dr. Rasmussen how he reconciles his approach with various verses from Scripture. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/24/201938 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. #50 - Logic Pointers & Speaking Truth in Love w/ Dr. Cross

Dr. Bryan Cross joins us to discuss logical fallacies and how to speak the truth in love. In this interview, we cover multiple fallacies including "bulverism," the "tu quoque," and "whataboutism." Additionally, I press Dr. Cross with two objections that purport to show the Catholic worldview requires a defective or irrational form of reasoning. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/22/201947 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. #49 - First Principles of Knowledge w/ Karlo Broussard

What are the first principles of knowledge? And if they are first principles must we just accept them on blind faith? How do you answer the liar's paradox? Didn't David Hume debunk the principle of causality? Karlo Broussard, author of Prepare the Way, joins us to answer these questions 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 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/14/20191 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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BONUS|More Atheist Slogans w/ Gary Michuta

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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/9/201938 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #48 - Naturalism & Self-defeat w/ Dr. Slagle (part 2)

Dr. Jim Slagle set out to disprove Christianity and ended up walking right into it. Now, he argues that affirming naturalism is self-defeating. In this episode, we look at Dr. Slagle's backstory and his "skyhook" argument. 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. www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/8/201954 minutes, 15 seconds
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BONUS | Charlie Johnston's Conversion & the Supreme Court

Charles Johnston's tells his conversion story in an article How the Supreme Court Helped Lead Me Home. In this bonus episode, Johnston walks us through his path to the Catholic Church. He blogs at nowthatimcatholic.com and has written a new book on The Beauty of the Mass. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/2/201942 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. #47 - Answering Jesus Skeptics with Trent Horn

Trent Horn defends Jesus against a variety of skeptical objections, including 1) Jesus never existed 2) Jesus is a copy from pagan myths and 3) followers of Jesus didn't believe he physically rose from the dead. Also, I challenge Trent with an objection to the Resurrection evidence from a counter-apologist. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
7/1/201934 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. #46 - Upgrade Your Apologetic Memory w/ Dr. Vost

Dr. Kevin Vost is a convert to Catholicism from atheism and an expert on memory studies. He joins us to share time-tested truths and practical strategies for remembering important things about the faith. In particular, he gives us tools for improving our own apologetics memory. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/24/201957 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. #45 - Evidential Evil with Joshua M. Brown

If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, then why are there seemingly pointless evils in the world? Why do fawns die painfully in forest fires? How can God allow children to get beaten to a pulp by insidious aggressors? Joshua Brown joins us to discuss what's come to be known as the Evidential Argument from Evil (EAE). His unique approach has close ties to the God of Classical Theism. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/17/201948 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. #44 - Divine Hiddenness with Dr. Rea (Part 2)

Dr. Michael C. Rea joins us to affirm the existence of God in light of the problem of divine hiddenness. In this episode, he recaps his main case and then provides further insights to make the case more palatable and meaningful. His full-length book on the subject should be of interested to anyone defending God's existence. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/10/201948 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. #43 - The 1st Way with Mathoma

The 1st Way of St. Thomas Aquinas is still eminently defensible. I'm joined by Mathoma, a youtube content creator and classical theist, to defend the first way of St. Thomas Aquinas. He answers various objections and comments on the difference between the traditional 1st Way and Feser's rendition of the 1st Way. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
6/2/201958 minutes, 47 seconds
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BONUS | Defending the Deuteros with Michuta

Why should we think the deuterocanonical books are Scripture? Gary Michuta joins us to defend the deuteros. He gives positive arguments in favor of his position and also answers the objections against it. If you've wondered why Catholic Bibles are bigger, this is a great episode for you. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/support
5/31/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. #42 - The Crusades! with Steve Weidenkopf

Steve Weidenkopf provides an excellent overview of the crusades. Did Christians force Muslims to convert under penalty of death? How can the Church explain the injustices committed in the name of religion during the crusades? Did the children's crusade send boys into bloody battles? Weidenkopf answers these questions and more in our interview. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
5/24/201941 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #41 - A Great Apostasy? with Dr. Beaumont

Dr. Doug Beaumont joins us to discuss to answer the question: was there a great apostasy? Did the early Church go off the rails? Did Constantine play a major role in establishing orthodoxy? Dr. Beaumont answers these questions and more in the interview. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
5/24/201938 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. #40 - Apologetics & Indifference with Matt Nelson

What if people don't care about God? Can apologetics help? How can we reach the religiously indifferent? Matt Nelson joins us to discuss his book Just Whatever that covers these issues and more. He discusses the divine hiddenness objection and explains why Jesus must be taken seriously. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
5/13/201947 minutes
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Ep. #39 - Multiple Attributes & Divine Simplicity with Dr. Carl

Dr. Brian Carl joins us to discuss divine simplicity and the multiplicity of divine attributes. If God is simple, as Classical Theists typically hold, then how can He have multiple attributes? In this episode, Dr. Carl answers several objections to divine simplicity. Lastly, he explains what he means in saying the multiplicity of divine attributes is "in some way on the side of God." 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
5/5/201951 minutes, 44 seconds
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BONUS|Defending the Faith in Debates w/ Trent Horn

Trent Horn joins me to discuss how to defend Catholic Christian ideas in debates. He walks us through the how's, what's, when's, and why's of doing debates. Also, he lets us in on some of his debate preparation secrets. In the final segment, Trent tells us who he would have on his debate team for various propositions. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
5/1/201938 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. #38 - Answering Atheist Slogans on Radio

Gary Michuta interviewed me for the Hands on Apologetics radio show. We discuss the meaning of classical theism as well as how to answer atheist slogans in conversation. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
4/29/201939 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. #37 - Classical Theism & Simplicity with Dr. Stump

Dr. Eleonore Stump joins us to answer the following questions. What is classical theism? Do advocates of classical theism believe God is impersonal? How should we understand divine simplicity? With helpful examples and analogies, Dr. Stump explains several important tenets to keep in mind when thinking about the God of classical theism. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
4/22/201947 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. #36 - Is Faith Irrational? with Dr. Feingold

What is faith? Is it irrational? If not, then why not? Dr. Lawrence Feingold joins us to explain the Catholic Christian view on this issue. He also shares his conversion story and rebuts several objections to the concept of faith.
4/15/201947 minutes, 28 seconds
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BONUS|How to Be Better at Apologetics (and Everything) with Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn joins us to tell his conversion story and let us know how we can get better at apologetics. His new book How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything. Specifically, we focus on the matter and manner of apologetics and how we can improve in this arena. You will learn a lot by listening to Pat Flynn. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
4/10/201942 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. #35 - The Principle of Causality with Dr. Koons

Does the Universe have a cause? Dr. Robert Koons, a philosopher and metaphysician from UT Austin joins us to defend the causal principle. He explains why we should hold to a causal principle and why we should think the causal principle applies to the Universe. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
4/8/201932 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. #34 - Evolutionary Debunking Arguments with Dr. Bogardus

Dr. Tomas Bogardus joins us to defend evolutionary debunking arguments. Bogardus explains what he means by 'evolutionary debunking arguments' and how they relate to moral realism. He then shows how they reveal a tension between Naturalism and moral realism. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
4/1/201945 minutes, 36 seconds
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BONUS | How to Start Podcasting!

In this episode, I share an interview I had with Chris Carter on the Men Living for Greatness Show. We DESMYSTIFY the process of starting your own podcast. You can find all of the free resources mentioned at classicaltheism.com/startpodcasting
3/29/201941 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. #33 - Naturalism & Self-defeat with Dr. Slagle

Dr. Jim Slagle joins us to defend what has come to be known as the argument from reason. In his philosophically rigorous book, The Epistemological Skyhook, he defends an updated version of the argument. He concludes that Naturalism is self-defeating. Also, we discuss a popular illustration used by Doug Wilson to illustrate the force of the argument. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
3/25/201934 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. #32 - An Interview with Dr. Edward Feser

Dr. Edward Feser joins us to discuss Catholicism, God, and Science. In the first segment, he gives insight into what led him to Catholicism. Next, he interacts with Simon Blackburn's critique of his book Five Proofs of the Existence of God and answers an objection raised by the hosts of the Real Atheology podcast. Lastly, he provides a detailed overview of what to expect in his forthcoming book Aristotle's Revenge. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
3/18/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. #31 - The Church Built Western Civ. with Dr. Woods

Dr. Tom Woods asserts that the Catholic Church built Western civilization. In this interview, he explains why the Church isn't opposed to reason and progress. With unmatched wit and style, he points out the unique mindset of Christian charity. Drawing upon the work of Fr. Stanley Jaki, he shows how science was born of Christianity. Additionally, he argues that Catholic theologians paved the way for international law and universally recognized rights when the Spanish explored the new world. Finally, Dr. Woods provides some advice for those of us looking into starting our own blog or podcast. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
3/11/201936 minutes, 7 seconds
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BONUS | My Backstory & Atheist Slogans

In this BONUS episode, I share an interview I did with Gary Michuta on the Hands-On Apologetics radio show. We discuss my backstory and preliminaries for talking with unbelievers. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
3/8/201921 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. #30 - Understanding Church Authority

Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin defends the claim that the Church teaches with authority. However, his main focus in this episode is explaining the details behind how She teaches. With what level of authority does the Church teach and how can we know this? Jimmy provides clear answers. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
3/4/201953 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. #29 - Defending Conciliar Christology with Dr. Pawl

If Christ is God, does that mean God can die? That God gets hungry? That God goes to the bathroom? Dr. Timothy Pawl joins us to defend the Christological teachings of the first seven ecumenical councils against the charge of incoherence. He explains how we can understand specific statements of the councils and why they do not necessitate a contradiction in the Catholic Christian worldview. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
2/25/201939 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. #28 - Luke's Historical Gospel with Fr. Gadenz

Fr. Pablo T. Gadenz, a scholar of Sacred Scripture, joins us to defend the historicity of Luke's Gospel. He presents strong evidence for traditional authorship and explains how Luke's Gospel belongs to the genre of ancient biography. Fr. Gadenz highlights some unique emphases in his recent commentary on the Gospel of Luke. He also answers the skeptical objection that the Gospels have too many differences to be trusted. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
2/18/201958 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. #27 - Defending the 3rd Way with Dr. Delfino

Dr. Delfino ably defends the third way of St. Thomas Aquinas, providing many helpful examples and details along the way. In the first segment, he shows that there must be at least one necessary being. Next, he shows how there must be at least one necessary being that is necessary through itself. Lastly, he shows that in this reality that is necessary through itself, its essence and existence must be identical. This supports the thesis that there can only be one reality in principle that is necessary through itself. Therefore, there can only be one God. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
2/11/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. #26 - 10 Steps to God with Dr. Rasmussen [Interview]

In his recent book The Bridge of Reason: Ten Steps to See God, Dr. Joshua L. Rasmussen argues that reason can lead us to the existence of God, or what He calls the greatest treasure. During this interview, Dr. Rasmussen discusses (1) the tone and focus of his book, (2) the initial steps toward an ultimate foundation of reality, and (3) some reasons to think God lies at the ultimate foundation. 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. John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
2/4/201935 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. #25 - Divine Simplicity with Paul Chutikorn

Paul Chutikorn provides a primer on the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS). Along the way, he explains the meaning of the terms essence and existence as well as discussing univocal vs. analogical predication. Lastly, he answers two big objections to the doctrine of divine simplicity 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
1/28/201942 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. #24 - Aquinas on Evil with Dr. Frost [Interview]

Dr. Gloria Frost presents the privation account of evil affirmed by Aquinas and explains his answer to the logical problem of evil. Additionally, Frost comments on Aquinas' commentary on the book of Job and shares some insights related to animal suffering and natural disasters. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
1/21/201937 minutes, 47 seconds
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BONUS | Science & Faith with Dr. Trasancos [Interview]

Dr. Stacy Trasancos joins the podcast to discuss alleged conflicts between faith and science. We discuss the proper relationship between faith and science, why many scientists are atheists, the topic of evolution, and the teachings of Fr. Stanley Jaki. 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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
1/20/201930 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. #23 - God and Evil: A Dialogue [Concluded]

This is part 3 of the dialogue written by Fr. Brian Davies OP on the problem of evil and suffering. I'm joined by Catholic Apologist Karlo Broussard who helps bring the dialogue to life.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
1/14/201937 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. #22 - God and Evil: A Dialogue [Part 2]

This is part 2 of the dialogue written by Fr. Brian Davies. The atheist and theist look at the following points of disagreement:  - What is evil?  - What is God's causal role in natural evil?  - What is God's causal role in moral evil?  - Is God to blame for evil in the world?  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
1/7/201924 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. #21 - God and Evil: A Dialogue by Brian Davies

Fr. Brian Davies wrote a 2003 article titled God and Evil: A Dialogue, which contains a wealth of information on the Problem of Evil. He approaches the issue from the perspective of Classical Theism with particular attention to St. Thomas Aquinas. In this episode, Karlo Broussard and I read the first three sections of the dialogue written by Fr. Brian Davies. 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.  John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
12/31/201826 minutes, 27 seconds
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BONUS | Achieving Greatness & Talking Points on Evil

In this episode, Christopher Carter explains that achieving greatness involves a community of people striving for excellent, consistent growth by at least 1% each week, and accountability to ensure sustained results. Also, I give away a FREE PDF with talking points related to the problem of evil and suffering.  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.   John DeRosa www.classicaltheism.com/contact
12/27/201826 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. #20 - Retaking Pascal's Wager with Dr. Rota [Interview]

Dr. Michael Rota joins us to refute many objections against Pascal's Wager. He presents the Wager in an updated form, backed up by recent sociological data and philosophical arguments. His book Taking Pascal's Wager is a treasure trove of apologetics.  Additionally, I'm joined by Christopher Carter who tells us about the Men Living for Greatness Inner Circle. He helps men transform their lives by transforming their habits.  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.
12/24/201845 minutes, 55 seconds
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Our Official Podcast Trailer (2019)

Listen to learn more about the Classical Theism Podcast where we defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. I'm joined by excellent guests who share their expertise and help us defend three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview:  1) That the God of Classical Theism Exists 2) That Jesus is our Lord and Messiah 3) And that He founded the Catholic Church Be awesome and subscribe! Contact me here for more information or ideas for a show: [email protected]