Welcome to Pondering Peniel! I’m Aaron. This is a blog that is generally about Philosophy and Theology – specifically in regards to Christian apologetics – with the periodic excursion into other random thoughts. Feel free to browse around, check out an introduction to this site, dive into the archives, or read the latest articles listed below.
- The Prodigal Father - I would like to share a story. It’s often thought of as a story of a wayward child. Sometimes it’s recognized as the story of the two lost sons. It’s really the story of a radical, crazy, recklessly extravagant Father: Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to … Continue reading The Prodigal Father
- A Moral Argument VII: Implications - Welcome! I’m finishing a series defending a common argument for God’s existence. Although, that is slightly misleading. I finished the argument-proper in Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. In Part 6, I defended a generalized theistic explanatory ultimate for morality. Today, I’d like to point out some implications before concluding the series.
- A Moral Argument VI: Theistic Explanatory Ultimate - Last time, I concluded an argument for the existence of God that can be summarized as follows: (1) If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist. (2) Objective moral values and duties do exist. (3) Therefore, God exists. I would highly recommend taking a look at Parts 1, 2, 3, … Continue reading A Moral Argument VI: Theistic Explanatory Ultimate
- A Moral Argument V: Non-theistic Explanatory Ultimate - So far in our exposition of a moral argument for God’s existence (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), we have concluded that objective moral values and duties do exist; eliminating subjectivity and illusion from our explanatory options. I highly recommend starting in Part 1, especially as the distinctions and clarifications made in the … Continue reading A Moral Argument V: Non-theistic Explanatory Ultimate
- A Moral Argument IV: Subjective Explanatory Ultimates - In Part 1, I introduced an argument based on objective moral values and duties. First, we clarified some terminology. Then, in Part 2 and Part 3, we concluded that objective moral values and duties do actually exist. That is to say, there exists morality that is independent of human thought. We ended by asking, “What are … Continue reading A Moral Argument IV: Subjective Explanatory Ultimates
- A Moral Argument III: Morality (b) - I’m continuing this series on a moral argument for the existence of God. If you’re just joining, please start in Part 1! Last time, in Part 2, I discussed how morality, at least how we all generally perceive it, must be either objective or illusory. I left you with my initial doubts; we couldn’t really … Continue reading A Moral Argument III: Morality (b)
- A Moral Argument II: Morality (a) - We are continuing this series outlining a common argument for God’s existence that is based off the existence of objective moral values and duties. In Part 1, we cleared the air with some key terminology needed for the argument. If you’re just joining, it is highly recommended you start at the beginning. For now, I will present a … Continue reading A Moral Argument II: Morality (a)
- A Moral Argument I: Precursor - Welcome to a new series! I’m going to outline an argument for God’s existence based on the existence of objective moral values and duties. This is hoped to be a relatively thorough exposition, albeit a layman’s one. This is an argument that I wasn’t convinced of the first time I read it; sort of. I … Continue reading A Moral Argument I: Precursor
- The Dangers of Fundamentalism - Is fundamentalism dangerous? Most people seem to think so. Of course, before we can answer that question we must ask a different one. What is fundamentalism?
- A Tough Question From a Friend - Hey! How’s it going? Sure, I’d be happy to answer a question for you. It’s pretty deep? Doesn’t matter, my friend. I got your back. What’s up?
- Definitional Dancing III: Absolute Truth - This series has been discussing some debated definitions. In Part 1, I discussed the definition of atheism. I continued that discussion in Part 2 and applied it to discuss the definition of religion. Essentially, I implored the reader to ask whoever they’re conversing with to define their terms so you’re on the same page. Today, I’ll conclude … Continue reading Definitional Dancing III: Absolute Truth
- Definitional Dancing II: Religion - In the first post of this series, I discussed the definition of atheism. I basically concluded that, although I think the traditional definition of atheism should be used when someone uses the term “atheist”, I really don’t care all that much. As long as people are being consistent and providing support when they make a … Continue reading Definitional Dancing II: Religion