August 12, 2015

I am getting increasingly concerned over the obsession about the Nephilim, UFOs, and the paranormal within Christian circles. It isn't the topics per se, it's the affording of popularist authors a ground for extravagant eisegesis. But like the "end times" books of decades past, there are consequences: believers will become conspiracy theorists and will incite an unhealthy fear of the normal. With the upcoming double-release of Michael S. Heiser's books The Unseen Realm and The Supernatural, there will be some scholarly fueling of demonological UFOlogy (though this has been done in part by Hugh Ross, et al, with their Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men from a few years ago). At least Ross et al tempered their approach by disavowing the alleged evidence of UFO conspiracies. Heiser will have none of that. His approach is to affirm a government cover-up. Now, I am not privy to the evidence he seems to be convinced of, but to those who obsess over "modern-day giants" and conspiracies about Nephilim, they take any credence of the paranormal and build a case for odd interpretations of certain biblical passages. I would like to think that my contribution will help to diminish this trend as one need not give up a realist demonology in order to affirm certain private experiences had by people.

July 22, 2015

I think that demonology may help advance a point on behalf of substance dualists. Here is my reasoning. Theistic physicalists (Van Inwagen, Merricks, Corcoran, Baker, et al.) often side with secular physicalists in finding the interaction between body and soul (as understood by substance dualists) to be a complicated mystery that serves to undermind the probability that human beings are indeed mind-body composites. But are theistic physicalists off the hook? Surely God cannot be invoked as an example of how an immaterial being can interact with a material being, for He is omnipotent and, so, necessarily is able to perform even the most mundane of tasks. But what do such thinkers do with the notion of demons? Demons are thought to tempt human beings into wrong-doing, and even effecting illnesses. But if the theist takes such beings to be real, immaterial agents in an otherworldly stage, they are also saddled with a similar ad hoc maneuver. Demons are putatively able to interact with human beings. How awkward is it that they should interact with my body but, yet, find it a mitigating reason against dualism to suppose my soul could interact with my body. If a realist demonology is true, it seems that anthropological dualism is far less unbelievable.

Doctoral Progress

All of my written material has been completed and finalized as of May 27th - right on schedule! The next step in the process comes in the Fall of this year wherein I will be traveling to England in order to complete my viva voce (oral defense). I am very excited to complete this process and to spend some time with my examiners who are well-known philosophers in the relevant field(s).