Thursday, January 23, 2014

Upcoming Books

My first book, Faith and Philosophy: An Introduction to Natural Theology, will be released by Abner Publishing within the next month.  In the meantime, I'd like to provide a brief sketch of the next two books I plan on writing.  Each of these three books is part of a trilogy that introduces readers to issues that I feel are of the utmost importance.  Following Faith and Philosophy will be:

Goldilocks and the Aristotelian Mean: An Introduction to Virtue Ethics and Natural Law.  This book will start with the fable of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" as the practical basis for showing how moderation between two extremes is the preferable stance.  I argue that actions that proceed from this moderation will necessarily lead one to adopt a form of natural law ethics.  I'll provide several uncontroversial examples before tackling the controversies of today: abortion (as well as artificial contraception), sexual ethics (not exclusively related to homosexual acts, but including them as well), and the culture of relativism and what I call "the post-modern problem."  I suggest that we do not, in fact, live in a post-modern society that would preclude the possibility of ethics, objective or relative.  However, my argument concludes that this is an attitude expressed by many in the form of moral nihilism, which is simply unlivable.  Additionally, I offer the plausibility of natural law ethics as a sufficient rebuttal to moral relativism.

Foundation of the Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Historicity of Jesus's Resurrection.  This will be the climax of the trilogy, in which I'll argue that we have solid historical reasons to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead.  In light of the conclusions of Faith and Philosophy, I'll further suggest that the best explanation of this historical fact is that God raised Jesus from the dead, thus exonerating Jesus and his radical claims.

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