NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

 

ARTICLES

 

John M. DePoe - The Self-Defeat of Naturalism: A Critical Comparison of Alvin Plantinga and C. S. Lewis

John M. DePoe points out that Alvin Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism
is often considered to follow similarly to an argument given by C. S. Lewis. However, in
this essay he suggests there are significant differences in their arguments against naturalism,
which his analysis of their arguments emphasizes. The most significant contrast is the
standard for rational thought that is used in each argument. By examining these differences
DePoe raises some criticisms of Plantinga’s argument and suggest some reasons to prefer
Lewis’s version. In particular he maintains that the account of rationality in Plantinga’s
argument makes Lewis’s argument the superior way to argue against naturalism. Mr. DePoe
is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marywood University.

 

Adam C. Pelser - Irrigating Deserts: Thinking with C. S. Lewis about Educating for Emotional Formation

Many liberal arts colleges express a commitment to educate the whole person; yet, educating for
emotional formation rarely receives explicit attention. In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis argues
that proper moral education essentially involves emotional formation informed by an understanding
of emotions as recognitions of objective values that function together with reason to
yield moral knowledge. In this essay Adam C. Pelser explains Lewis’ view of emotions and its
significance for The Abolition of Man, supporting and developing the view with insights drawn
from philosophy and psychology. He concludes by suggesting some pedagogical applications
of this view of emotions to moral education and spiritual formation in higher education. Mr.
Pelser is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy.

 

W. David O. Taylor - Spirit and Beauty: A Reappraisal

Writings in theological discussions of beauty evince certain problematic tendencies with
respect to “spirit” language. Whether it is the paucity of such language or an idiosyncratic
usage of it, “spirit” language is often evacuated of specifically pneumatological content. In
this essay W. David O. Taylor attempts to re-conceptualize the Holy Spirit’s role with respect
to beauty, arguing that the Spirit secures the logic of each created thing and thereby its own
way of being beautiful, while also drawing it into the life of God in Christ, in whom all things
hold together. Mr. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

AN EXTENDED REVIEW

Kurt C. Schaefer - Capital in the Twenty-First Century—An Extended Review

Kurt C. Schaefer is Professor of Economics at Calvin College.

 

REVIEW ESSAY

John W. Wright - Human Dignity and the Image of God—A Review Essay

John W. Wright is Professor of Theology and Christian Scripture at Point Loma Nazarene
University.