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Episode 37: Cynthia Toolin-Wilson interviews Robert Delfino, co-author of Does God Exist? (May 18, 2020)

Author-to-Author

In this episode of Author to Author, Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson interviews Dr. Robert Delfino, co-author with Matt Fradd of Does God Exist? (May 18, 2020)

59mins

19 May 2020

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Episode 57: Did Thomas Aquinas Really Prove the Existence of God? With Dr. Robert Delfino (July 28, 2019)

Sunday School with Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn is joined by professional philosopher and professor at St. John’s University Dr. Robert Delfino to discuss Thomas Aquinas and his famous “proofs” for the existence of God, particularly the 3rd way argument from possibility and necessity. Do these arguments hold any validity today? If so, what exactly are they and what sort of insights do they provide?In this episode:What is metaphysics? And how does the knowledge philosophy gives us differ from that which is arrived at through the physical sciences?What did Aquinas mean by “proof”?The argument from possibility and necessity for God’s existence and transcendent nature (Aquinas’s famous 3rd way)Overcoming common misunderstandings and objections to the argumentWhat can philosophical arguments reveal about the nature of God?Finally, does this “god of the philosopher” correspond in any significant way to the God of the Bible? (July 28, 2019)

1hr 31mins

28 Jul 2019

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016: Who is St. Thomas Aquinas? (w/ Dr. Robert Delfino)

The Cordial Catholic

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Robert Delfino, author of Does God Exist: A Socratic Dialogue about the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas.We dig deep into who St. Thomas Aquinas was, his importance to the Catholic Church, Christianity, and philosophy in general. We discuss the apparent rift between science and religion – what would Aquinas say? And we dive deeply into Aquinas's Fifth Way of proving God's existence.One of the resources mentioned in the show was Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion edited by Ronald L. Numbers.For more, visit The Cordial Catholic. Send your feedback to cordialcatholic@gmail.com. This podcast is 100% listener supported. For more information about sponsoring the show, keeping this podcast going, and helping me to continue to deliver quality content please visit the Patreon page.  Even $1 or $2 a month can go a long way to helping make this podcast sustainable.Theme music is "Sandbox Jingle" by Scott Holmes. To try Hallow free for 30-days, please visit this website. Your support of Hallow also helps support this show! If you'd like to pray with me, please join our new Cordial Catholic Prayer Community (or use code: 9E45KD). Thanks to this week's co-producers, part of our Patreon Producers community: Stephen, Eli, Tom, Kelvin, Susan,  Eyram, and Jon.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cordialcatholic)

1hr 2mins

17 Jul 2019

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Episode 12: With Robert Delfino on What We Can Know about God from Reason Alone (August 5, 2018)

Sunday School with Pat Flynn

Episode 12: Can you know of God through reason alone? What can philosophy tell us about God’s existence and nature? Dr. Robert Delfino joins me to a deep and interesting philosophical conversation about how the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas and his famous “5 ways” can help us to form a better understanding of God. Aired on August 5, 2018.

1hr 10mins

16 Oct 2018

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116: Aquinas' 5 Ways, with Robert Delfino

Pints With Aquinas

Show notes (as always) at PintsWithAquinas.com SPONSORS EL Investments: https://www.elinvestments.net/pints Exodus 90: https://exodus90.com/mattfradd/  Hallow: http://hallow.app/mattfradd  STRIVE: https://www.strive21.com/ GIVING Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mattfradd This show (and all the plans we have in store) wouldn't be possible without you. I can't thank those of you who support me enough. Seriously! Thanks for essentially being a co-producer coproducer of the show. LINKS Website: https://pintswithaquinas.com/ Merch: https://teespring.com/stores/matt-fradd FREE 21 Day Detox From Porn Course: https://www.strive21.com/ SOCIAL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattfradd Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattfradd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattfradd MY BOOKS  Does God Exist: https://www.amazon.com/Does-God-Exist-Socratic-Dialogue-ebook/dp/B081ZGYJW3/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=fradd&qid=1586377974&sr=8-9 Marian Consecration With Aquinas: https://www.amazon.com/Marian-Consecration-Aquinas-Growing-Closer-ebook/dp/B083XRQMTF/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=fradd&qid=1586379026&sr=8-4 The Porn Myth: https://www.ignatius.com/The-Porn-Myth-P1985.aspx CONTACT Book me to speak: https://www.mattfradd.com/speakerrequestform

59mins

24 Jul 2018

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​Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino - Conversation concerning their new book "​Does God Exist?" - Part 1

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Part 2. Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino are interviewed by Cynthia and Andrew Gniadek concerning their new book, ​Does God Exist?

57mins

17 Mar 2018

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​Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino - Conversation concerning their new book "​Does God Exist?" - Part 1

I Thought You'd Like to Know

Part 2. Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino are interviewed by Cynthia and Andrew Gniadek concerning their new book, ​Does God Exist?

57mins

17 Mar 2018

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​Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino - Conversation concerning their new book "​Does God Exist?" - Part 2

I Thought You'd Like to Know

Part 1. ​Matt Fradd and Robert Delfino engage in a conversation concerning their new book, ​Does God Exist? Scheduled to air Monday, March 19, 2018.

46mins

17 Mar 2018

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46: Can you explain your argument for God from design? With Dr Robert Delfino

Pints With Aquinas

Today I chat with Dr. Robert Delfino about Thomas' 5th argument for God's existence. --- Here is the translation from the Fathers of the English Dominican Province (ST 1, Q. 2, A. 3.): "The fifth way is taken from the governance of the world. We see that things which lack intelligence, such as natural bodies, act for an end, and this is evident from their acting always, or nearly always, in the same way, so as to obtain the best result. Hence it is plain that not fortuitously, but designedly, do they achieve their end. Now whatever lacks intelligence cannot move towards an end, unless it be directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence; as the arrow is shot to its mark by the archer. Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God." Here's Delfino's translation:  The fifth way is taken from the governance of things. For we see some things that lack knowledge, namely natural bodies, act for the sake of some end. This is apparent from the fact that they always or most often act in the same way and achieve what is best [i.e., what fulfils their natural needs]. From this it is obvious that they achieve their end not by chance but by natural inclination (ex intentione). But those things that lack knowledge do not tend toward an end except under the direction of something with knowledge and intelligence, as in the case of an arrow from an archer. Therefore there is some intelligent being by whom all natural things (omnes res naturales) are ordered to an end, and this we call God. --- Defino's 10 step argument: 1. We see in nature that non-intelligent things act for a goal that is good with regularity. For example, it is in the nature of an electron to be attracted to protons, which helps to form atoms. 2. If electrons did not have this natural inclination then none of the elements on the periodic table you studied in Chemistry would form, which would mean that none of the physical life forms we know (including yourself!) would exist anywhere in the physical universe. But that would be bad, because life is good. 3. In the case of electrons being attracted to protons, we cannot ascribe such behavior to chance or to biological evolution. In the case of chance, chance would not explain why the electrons act with such regularity because chance refers to what happens rarely. 4. In the case of biological evolution, this is because the regularity of action in the case of electrons exists prior to biological evolution and is necessary in order to make biological evolution possible. 5. An intelligent cause can direct something for a goal that is good with regularity. For example, consider an archer who, with routine success, directs his arrows towards the animals he is hunting for food. However, these regular actions of the arrows, which are made of wood, do not represent the natural actions of wood. Instead, they represent something imposed on the wood of the arrows by the archer. This is similar to how a puppeteer imposes movement on a puppet, and how a watchmaker orders the part of a watch to tell time. 6. An intelligent cause is able to do this because having intelligence allows one to envision something mentally that does not yet exist physically (for example, envisioning a watch before it was invented). Non-intelligent matter cannot order itself to an end that is good precisely because it is incapable of thought. 7. However, human intelligence cannot explain why an electron has, within its own nature, an inclination to be attracted to protons because electrons exist prior to humans and humans could not exist without electrons already having these natural inclinations. 8. In our attempt to explain why electrons, as non-intelligent beings, have a natural inclination to be attracted to protons, which makes life possible, we have ruled out the material aspect of the electron, chance, biological evolution, and human intelligence. 9. Therefore, there must be some non-human intelligence that is responsible for the natural inclinations of electrons. 10. This non-human intelligence cannot achieve this by imposing activity on the electron in a manner similar to a puppeteer or a watchmaker. Instead, this non-human intelligence must be capable of endowing an electron with its being and nature. Conclusion: We call this non-human intelligence God. --- SPONSORS EL Investments: https://www.elinvestments.net/pints Exodus 90: https://exodus90.com/mattfradd/  Hallow: http://hallow.app/mattfradd  STRIVE: https://www.strive21.com/ GIVING Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mattfradd This show (and all the plans we have in store) wouldn't be possible without you. I can't thank those of you who support me enough. Seriously! Thanks for essentially being a co-producer coproducer of the show. LINKS Website: https://pintswithaquinas.com/ Merch: https://teespring.com/stores/matt-fradd FREE 21 Day Detox From Porn Course: https://www.strive21.com/ SOCIAL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattfradd Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattfradd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattfradd MY BOOKS  Does God Exist: https://www.amazon.com/Does-God-Exist-Socratic-Dialogue-ebook/dp/B081ZGYJW3/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=fradd&qid=1586377974&sr=8-9 Marian Consecration With Aquinas: https://www.amazon.com/Marian-Consecration-Aquinas-Growing-Closer-ebook/dp/B083XRQMTF/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=fradd&qid=1586379026&sr=8-4 The Porn Myth: https://www.ignatius.com/The-Porn-Myth-P1985.aspx CONTACT Book me to speak: https://www.mattfradd.com/speakerrequestform

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27 Feb 2017