Wednesday, March 27, 2013

An exchange between Jason Pratt and Keith Parsons on evil and universalism

Here.

4 comments:

Jason Pratt said...

Not so much about universalism, though, as on the voluntary suffering of God (and a bunch of technicalities surrounding that notion).

JRP

Jason Pratt said...

Note to Victor: when I was trying to compile up to date yesterday afternoon, I accidentally missed my own most recent comment, which I've now included in the compile post this morning. Dr. P may have added replies over at the original comment thread this morning but I haven't been able to check yet.

(There are links to the original discussion at SecWeb's Patheos blog account, at the start of my compilation, for anyone who's interested.)

JRP

Chad Handley said...

I was a bit disappointed in Parson's response to your post about the suffering of God. He referred to it rather dismissively as "gibberish", but as a layman I can attest that much of what I encountered in my forays into deep metaphysical territory struck me as "gibberish" on a first reading. But I took seriously my responsibility to familiarize myself with the technical terminology being used in order to equip myself to assess whether the ideas underlying these unfamiliar terms were really sound or not. I'm sad to see that Dr. Parsons apparently believes he has no such obligation. This kind of attitiude is perhaps what prompted Dr. Feser to suggest that when Dr. Parsons retired from philosophy of religion, it wasn't exactly a great loss.

Jason Pratt said...

Well, it's tempting for me to dismiss hardcore theoretical mathematics as "gibberish", too (which for me is just about any difficult mathematics). So I can sympathize with Dr. P on that. {g} As I get older I have less patience with technical details I'm not familiar with. ... ....... GAH, WHEN DID I GET OLD!?!

JRP