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    Against God’s Moral Goodness.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2005 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (2):313-326.
    While denying that God has moral obligations, William Alston defends divine moral goodness based on God’s performance of supererogatory acts. The present article argues that an agent without obligations cannot perform supererogatory acts. Hence, divine moral goodness cannot be established on that basis. Defenses of divine moral obligation by Eleonore Stump and Nicholas Wolterstorff are also questioned. Against Stump, it is argued (among other things) that the temptations of Jesus do not establish the existence of a tendency to sin in (...)
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    Possible-Worlds Metaphysics and the Logical Problem of Evil.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):19-29.
    Alvin Plantinga’s solution to J. L. Mackie’s logical problem of evil invokes possible-worlds metaphysics. There are reasons for thinking that the solution is, at least, problematic. Difficulties emerge in the attempts to answer four related questions. Can God’s necessary existence, understood in terms of possible-world metaphysics, make God’s actual existence impossible to explain? Can an omniscient being with knowledge of the contents of every possible world prove ignorant of the consequences of his creative acts? Can an immoral action performed by (...)
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    Against God’s Moral Goodness.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2005 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (2):313-326.
    While denying that God has moral obligations, William Alston defends divine moral goodness based on God’s performance of supererogatory acts. The present article argues that an agent without obligations cannot perform supererogatory acts. Hence, divine moral goodness cannot be established on that basis. Defenses of divine moral obligation by Eleonore Stump and Nicholas Wolterstorff are also questioned. Against Stump, it is argued (among other things) that the temptations of Jesus do not establish the existence of a tendency to sin in (...)
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    Why Christian Monotheism Requires a Social Trinity.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2022 - International Philosophical Quarterly 62 (2):225-242.
    Pursuing a suggestion made by Christopher Stead in his book Divine Substance and employing distinctions made by Gottlob Frege in his article “Concept and Object,” it becomes possible to answer a common charge against Trinitarian Theism: its alleged inconsistency in claiming that, while there is only one God, there are also three “persons,” each rightly named “God.” The argument advanced, while supporting the logical coherence of traditional Trinitarian Theism, also defends the orthodoxy of the controversial “Social Trinitarianism” associated with Richard (...)
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    Divorce and Remarriage.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2021 - Philosophy and Theology 33 (1):27-52.
    In a magisterial book-length study, Professor E. Christian Brugger concludes that the canons of the Council of Trent, given the beliefs and intentions of its participants, provide “a dogmatic definition of the absolute indissolubility of marriage as a truth of divine revelation” (original italics). The present concern is whether Brugger’s arguments support this conclusion. Also subject to scrutiny are the relevance, plausibility, and consistency of the conciliar thinking on which his arguments are premised. It will be argued that Brugger’s conclusion (...)
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    Filial Gratitude and God's Right to Command.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1991 - Journal of Religious Ethics 19 (1):93 - 118.
    Defenders of theistic morality sometimes insist that God's will can impose moral obligation only if God has a right to command. The right is compared to that which parents have over their children and which is thought to derive from a filial debt of gratitude. This essay examines arguments for divine authority based on gratitude which employ the parental analogy. It is argued that neither parental nor divine authority is based on gratitude. An alternative derivation of parental authority is suggested (...)
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    James Rachels on Kant’s Basic Idea.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1997 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 71 (1):53-58.
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    Killing and Letting Die.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1980 - New Scholasticism 54 (2):200-212.
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    Killing, Letting Die, and Euthanasia.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1981 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 55:250-259.
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    Possible-Worlds Metaphysics and the Logical Problem of Evil.Joseph L. Lombardi - 2018 - International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):19-29.
    Alvin Plantinga’s solution to J. L. Mackie’s logical problem of evil invokes possible-worlds metaphysics. There are reasons for thinking that the solution is, at least, problematic. Difficulties emerge in the attempts to answer four related questions. (1) Can God’s necessary existence, understood in terms of possible-world metaphysics, make God’s actual existence impossible to explain? (2) Can an omniscient being with knowledge of the contents of every possible world (a being endowed with “middle knowledge”) prove ignorant of the consequences of his (...)
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    Suicide and the service of God.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1984 - Ethics 95 (1):56-67.
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    The Theological Justification of Morality.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1978 - New Scholasticism 52 (4):569-574.
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  13. Worship and Moral Autonomy.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1988 - Religious Studies 24 (2):101 - 119.
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    Worship and Moral Autonomy.Joseph L. Lombardi - 1988 - Religious Studies 24 (2):101-119.
    A number of years ago, James Rachels presented an argument for the necessary non–existence of God. It was based upon a supposed inconsistency between worship and what might be called ‘autonomous moral agency’. In Rachels' view, one person's being the worshipper of another is partially determined by the way in which it is appropriate for the first to respond to the commands of the second. In brief, a worshipper's obedience to commands should be ‘ unqualified ’. Rachels thought that there (...)
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