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Wahlberg, Mats
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Wahlberg, M. (2018). Ecumenical Incorrectness: Review of Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation by Kenneth J. Collins and Jerry L. Walls [Review]. First Things (March)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecumenical Incorrectness: Review of Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation by Kenneth J. Collins and Jerry L. Walls
2018 (English)In: First Things, ISSN 1047-5141, E-ISSN 1945-5097, no MarchArticle, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Institute on Religion and Public Life, 2018
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144752 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-13 Created: 2018-02-13 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Wahlberg, M. (2018). Reply to Collins and Walls [Review]. First Things, May
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reply to Collins and Walls
2018 (English)In: First Things, ISSN 1047-5141, E-ISSN 1945-5097, Vol. MayArticle, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: , 2018
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146646 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-14 Created: 2018-04-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Wahlberg, M. (2017). A Cosmological Argument against Physicalism. European Journal of Philosophy of Religion, 9(2), 165-188
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Cosmological Argument against Physicalism
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Philosophy of Religion, ISSN 1689-8311, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 165-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I present a Leibnizian cosmological argument to the conclusion that either the totality of physical beings has a non-physical cause, or a necessary being exists. The crucial premise of the argument is a restricted version of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, namely the claim that every contingent physical phenomenon has a sufficient cause (PSR-P). I defend this principle by comparing it with a causal principle that is fundamental for physicalism, namely the Causal Closure of Physics, which says that every physical effect has a sufficient physical cause (CC). I find that the evidence for Causal Closure is weaker than the evidence for PSR-P, which means that physicalists who take CC to be justified must concede that PSR-P is also justified, and to a higher degree. Since my Leibnizian cosmological argument succeeds if PSR-P is granted, I conclude that physicalists must either give up CC and thereby physicalism, or accept that a necessary being exists.

Keywords
cosmological argument, principle of sufficient reason, physicalism, causal closure of physics
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies; Philosophy of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137239 (URN)10.24204/ejpr.v9i2.1938 (DOI)000410150400009 ()
Available from: 2017-06-28 Created: 2017-06-28 Last updated: 2019-03-14Bibliographically approved
Wahlberg, M. (2017). Das Medium, die Botschaft und die Messe: Was hat Marshall McLuhan der Systematischen Theologie zu sagen?. In: Illona Nord, Hanna Zipernovszky (Ed.), Religionspädagogik in einer mediatisierten Welt: (pp. 104-118). Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Das Medium, die Botschaft und die Messe: Was hat Marshall McLuhan der Systematischen Theologie zu sagen?
2017 (German)In: Religionspädagogik in einer mediatisierten Welt / [ed] Illona Nord, Hanna Zipernovszky, Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2017, p. 104-118Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2017
Series
Religionspädagogik innovativ ; 14
Keywords
Offenbarung, Fundamentaltheologie, Marshall McLuhan, Yves Congar
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131173 (URN)978-3-17-031131-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-02-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Wahlberg, M. (2017). Did Jesus Violate Women’s Rights?: The Male Priesthood and the Justice of Christ. Angelicum, 94(4), 799-828
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Did Jesus Violate Women’s Rights?: The Male Priesthood and the Justice of Christ
2017 (English)In: Angelicum, ISSN 1123-5772, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 799-828Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

A commonly heard claim is that the Catholic Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood is unjust. But what about the behavior of Christ, who selected only men when he constituted the group of the Twelve? Did Christ thereby violate justice? Most proponents of female ordination deny that he did. Typically, they argue that it would have been practically impossible – that is, extremely imprudent – for Christ to appoint women as religious leaders in a first century Jewish context. I argue that this defense of Christ’s behavior fails. If women objectively have a right to be considered for all religious leadership positions (as advocates of female ordination typically claim), then no prudential reasons can make it morally acceptable to deny them this right. It is equally problematic to defend Christ’s non-selection of women by appealing to his presumed ignorance of women’s rights, or by arguing that the moral norms were objectively different in his day. After having considered and rejected a number of suggested or conceivable ways to exonerate Christ without at the same time exonerating the Church, I conclude that there is no fundamental moral difference between Christ’s non-admission of women to the Twelve and the Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood. Hence, if the Church violates gender justice, then so did Christ. Since the idea that Christ violated justice is very difficult to square with the Christian faith, I conclude that Christians cannot reasonably believe that the Church’s non-admission of women to the priesthood is unjust.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rome: , 2017
Keywords
Women priests, female ordination, the Twelve, justice, Catholic Church
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146696 (URN)
Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-17 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Wahlberg, M. (2017). Kristen tro visst förenlig med vetenskap. Dagen (10 februari)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kristen tro visst förenlig med vetenskap
2017 (Swedish)In: Dagen, no 10 februariArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132463 (URN)
Available from: 2017-03-14 Created: 2017-03-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Wahlberg, M. (2017). Reformed Ressourcement [Review]. First Things, Feb
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reformed Ressourcement
2017 (English)In: First Things, ISSN 1047-5141, E-ISSN 1945-5097, Vol. FebArticle, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Institute of Religion and Public Life, 2017
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130415 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-19 Created: 2017-01-19 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Wahlberg, M. (2017). The medium, the message, and the mass: Marshall McLuhan and systematic theology. In: Ilona Nord, Hanna Zipernovszky (Ed.), Religious education in a mediatized world: (pp. 98-111). Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The medium, the message, and the mass: Marshall McLuhan and systematic theology
2017 (English)In: Religious education in a mediatized world / [ed] Ilona Nord, Hanna Zipernovszky, Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2017, p. 98-111Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2017
Series
Religionspädagogik innovativ ; 14
Keywords
Revelation, Christian theology, Marshall McLuhan, mass media
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124056 (URN)9783170311343 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-08 Created: 2016-07-08 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Wahlberg, M. (2017). The Two Faces of Amoris Laetitia. First Things
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Two Faces of Amoris Laetitia
2017 (English)In: First Things, ISSN 1047-5141, E-ISSN 1945-5097Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Institute on Religion and Public Life, 2017
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133394 (URN)
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Available from: 2017-04-07 Created: 2017-04-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Wahlberg, M. (2017). Tre myter om mirakel: reflektioner kring övernaturliga förklaringar och historisk metod utifrån boken Den okände Jesus. Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift (3-4), 191-208
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tre myter om mirakel: reflektioner kring övernaturliga förklaringar och historisk metod utifrån boken Den okände Jesus
2017 (Swedish)In: Svensk teologisk kvartalskrift, ISSN 0039-6761, no 3-4, p. 191-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Some New Testament scholars argue that as historians, they must reject all miracle reports a priori. When asked to justify this view, the scholars usually appeal to some of the following philosophical claims:

1) Miracles are incompatible with our natural scientific knowledge.

2) Even though miracles are theoretically possible, we can never be rationally justified in believing that a reported miracle actually happened (Hume’s argument).

3) Miracles entail the existence of a supernatural realm, and the supernatural (God) cannot be the object of scientific or scholarly knowledge or study.

I argue that there are no good reasons to believe any of these claims, which should be regarded as “myths”. The first claim confuses science with a controversial philosophical theory – naturalism. The second claim is undermined by the devastating philosophical criticism that has been directed at Hume’s anti-miracle argument. The third claim entails that philosophers of religion who debate theistic arguments are wasting their time, since no theistic argument can ever succeed. It is very unclear, however, how anybody could possibly know that no theistic argument can ever succeed.

All three myths are exemplified in a recent book by Cecilia Wassén and Tobias Hägerland: Den okände Jesus: Berättelsen om en profet som misslyckades (The Unknown Jesus: The Story of a Prophet Who Failed). Taking this work as my point of departure, I discuss the myths with reference to a wider horizon of Swedish and international Jesus research. I also suggest a more reasonable framework for dealing with miracle reports in the context of historical scholarship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2017
Keywords
Mirakelrapporter, historievetenskaplig metod, nytestamentlig exegetik, metodologisk naturalism, David Hume, vetenskap och tro
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145878 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-20 Created: 2018-03-20 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
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