In order to provide a handy topical overview and linkset to the ongoing series of progressing metaphysical argument (which in my own past experience establishes the foundation of Christian universalism via orthodox trinitarian theism), I have created this series of “Overview” threads. Each comment will link to a particular series of entries, and will provide a quick topical description of that series. (Although due to illness and time constraints, I stopped doing topical summaries for each series a few hundred pages ago. I’ll catch up on that someday, probably after Easter 2011. I’m still providing links from the index pages to series threads, though.)
This thread topically summarizes and links to the series of entries for Section Four, “Ethics and the Third Person”. This is the longest section of chapters in the book, although (paradoxically) it doesn’t cover quite as many topics as Sections One or Three!
It starts with a brief overview of how I arrived at the topic of the logic of interpersonal relationships; then takes a break from progressing argument for a while in order to discuss the three broad categories of explanation for “ethical” behavior, looking at the strengths and weaknesses for each category (plus a special variant of the first category.) Having illustrated many serious and problematic issues with the three categories, I resume the progressing argument from Section Three to show how the positions I developed there uniquely solve the problems of ethical grounding. Having picked up binitarian theism to do so, I then begin addressing some other conceptual problems solved by binitarian and eventually trinitarian theism; and from there I arrive at the topics of justice and injustice, or righteousness and unrighteousness, or good and evil–focusing especially on my own evil, but also on what the history of humanity implies about evil in relation to God (and in relation to lesser supernatural entities!)
This Section of chapters ends by arriving at some conclusions about what I can expect God to do about derivative sinning creatures (such as myself!), and so will lead into the fifth and final Section on how I may expect God’s actions to play out in our history sooner or later.
New entries and links will be added below with the establishment of each new series of entries. Summary topical descriptions of each series, however, will be withheld until after that particular series is finished. (And probably until after Easter, due to time and energy constraints.)
Each series of entries represents a chapter or (far more likely) part of a chapter from the original SttH text composition. Chapter designations will be provided as I go along.