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Status: Philosophy of Religion (2020 - September)
(Text as at 04/10/2020 00:27:22)
(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)
As this project is substantially in abeyance, this report is mostly generated automatically, with minor textual additions at the end of each academic year.
Rationale for this Project
- See my Christian page1 and onward links from there for an explanation of how I got in to and out of evangelical Christianity. This is still a live issue for me, and the reason I originally undertook formal philosophical training.
- The connection to my current philosophical researches arises from the standard religious hope that resurrection – or some other form of post-mortem survival – is possible. This is a cornerstone of religious claims and expectations, at least in the Abrahamic religions, from those of suicide bombers to those of more pacific persons. I wish to go back to the considerations that originally motivated Locke and research the metaphysical possibility of resurrection, or other post-mortem survival, for beings such as us. My current opinion is that resurrection for human beings is metaphysically impossible2, given that substance dualism is false.
- In late September 2010 I took the Philosophy of Religion3 Module of a 2-year part time MA in Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College London, University of London. Follow the links for my Personal Statement4, Interview Write-up5, and Course Outline6. I decided not to proceed with the MA but do intend to follow up on7 the many issues raised.
- During 2016 I assisted with the Appendices of my friend’s PhD Thesis on the Narrative Structure of the Acts of the Apostles, building a website. See "Mansell (Peter) - Bottom Up Reading of Acts".
- In August 2017 I was asked by Michael J. Alter to review pre-publication his book on the theology of the Resurrection. Unfortunately it turned out to be too much work, and I only commented on the first section.
Summary of Progress during July - September 2020
- I spent 11.75 hours in 20Q3 on this Project, or related work (70.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 45.1% of the planned effort (108.5% YTD). Overall, 1.7% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 2.5% YTD) - as against 3.7% planned (2.2% YTD).
Religion (Total Hours = 8)Religion Background (Total Hours = 3.75)
- Religion Background - Admin
- Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 3.25)
Summary of Progress during October 2019 – September 2020 (YTD Activity8)
- Religion (Total Hours = 54.25)
Religion Background (Total Hours = 16.5)
- Aeon: Alter - How translation obscured the music and wordplay of the Bible (Comments; Read / Write, 1.25 hours)
- Aeon: Blum - The white man Jesus (Comments; Write, 0.5 hours)
- Aeon: Davis - Trickster and tricked (Comments; Read / Write, 1 hour)
- Aeon: Evans - Perennial philosophy (Comments; Read / Write, 1 hour)
- Aeon: George - How looting in Iraq unearthed the treasures of Gilgamesh (Comments; Read / Write, 1 hour)
- Aeon: Harlitz-Kern - To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl (Comments; Read, 0.25 hours)
- Aeon: McLeish - Science + religion (Comments; Read, 1.25 hours)
- Aeon: Summers - Why won’t the sin wash away? When thinking ethically goes awry (Comments; Read / Write, 1 hour)
- Aeon: Van der Horst - The Bible’s first critic (Comments; Read, 0.5 hours)
- Aeon: Vernon - Divine transports (Comments; Read, 1 hour)
- Aeon: Video - A Jew walks into a bar (Defunct) (Comments; Read, 0.75 hours)
→ See "Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon: 2019+" (9.5 hours)
- Benson Study (Write, 0.5 hours)
- Blog - Coronavirus and Belfast Pastors - Part 19 (Write, 4 hours)
- Blog - Coronavirus and Belfast Pastors - Part 210 (Write, 8.25 hours)
→ See "Admin - Blog - General" (12.75 hours)
- "Bragg (Melvyn), Palmer (Martin), Rees (Valery) & Haldane (John) - Angels" (Read, 1.5 hours)
- "Dennett (Daniel) - Thank Goodness!" (Read / Write, 1.5 hours)
- "Feynman (Richard) - The Relation of Science and Religion" (Read / Write, 1.25 hours)
- "Finkel (Irving) - The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood" (Read / Write, 15 hours)
- "Gale (Aaron M.) - Matthew – Introduction and Annotations" (Read, 1.25 hours)
- "Gilbert (Gary) - Acts of the Apostles – Introduction and Annotations" (Read, 0.5 hours)
- "Homiak (Marcia) - An Aristotelian Life" (Read, 0.25 hours)
- "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - Does Faith Entail Belief" (Write, 0.25 hours)
- "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - The Skeptical Christian" (Write, 0.25 hours)
- "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - Was Jesus Mad, Bad, Or God?…Or Merely Mistaken?" (Write, 0.75 hours)
- "Lennox (John C.) - Where Is God in a Coronavirus World?" (Read / Write, 3 hours)
- "Levine (Amy-Jill) - Luke – Introduction and Annotations" (Read, 0.5 hours)
- "Levine (Amy-Jill) & Brettler (Marc Zvi) - The Jewish Annotated New Testament: Preface" (Read, 0.5 hours)
- "Reinhartz (Adele) - John – Introduction and Annotations" (Read, 1 hour)
- "Taylor (Joan E.) - Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and His Times Via Monty Python's Life of Brian" (Write, 1 hour)
- "Taylor (Joan E.) - What Did Jesus Look Like?" (Write, 0.5 hours)
- "Thomson (Oliver) - A History of Sin" (Read / Write, 1.25 hours)
- "Wills (Lawrence M.) - Mark – Introduction and Annotations" (Read, 0.75 hours)
- "Zimmerman (Dean) & Rosen (Gideon) - (Un)reasonable? Faith and Reason" (Write, 1 hour)
- Religion Background - Admin (Total Hours = 1.75)
- 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
- 19Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
- 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
- 20Q2 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
→ See "Admin - Religion - Admin" (1.75 hours)
- Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 14.75)
- Apart from a number of interesting items on Aeon my time over the last year has been devoted rather randomly. In particular, to the book on the Flood Tablet by Finkel, and the video on the Belfast pastor with Covid-19. Plus a couple of quizzes organised by Pete.
- Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List11, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.
Plans for the Near Future
Summary of Progress to Date
I’ve hived off the history to a separate document13, which still requires a major update.
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 2:
- Or if not strictly impossible – rather unlikely, as the candidates for enabling some sort of physical continuity – from luz bones to “corpse swapping” – have multiple problems.
- However, there are some interesting ideas by Dean Zimmerman, most recently in "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", that argue the contrary.
- Also, transhumanists – who are almost following a religion – are often hopeful of post-mortem survival. I have no metaphysical worries about “cryonic suspension”, and subsequent resuscitation, but think that uploading is incoherent.
- This pious hope has been sitting unactioned for for nearly 10 years now!
- The proximate cause of my failure was missing a deadline for my essay on the Ontological Argument, but a more serious reason was that it was all a waste of time (for me, given my research interests). Peter Vardy had warned me about anno domini, with the claim that original work after the age of 65 is unlikely. I hope this is false, as I’ve ignored the warning, and am about to reach that milestone.
- As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
- If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
- The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
- While I couldn't submit to Michael Alter's deadlines and the amount of work required, I ought to at least read these books.
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