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Tag: Problem of Pain

Arguing about the morality of a thing with an atheist is pointless

Everyone has heard the charge:  God is a moral monster.  Indeed, Christians themselves have often struggled to reconcile the goodness of God with some of the actions recorded in the Scriptures, not to mention the bloodiness of human history.  I have myself struggled with this.  What thoughtful person hasn’t?  Unfortunately, as soon as you open your mouth to charge God with evil conduct, you have proved he exists, and also that he is good, because unless there exists a good God, all moral statements are nonsensical.

Granted, how you get from one to the other requires some intermediary steps.  It … continue reading...

Problem of Pain and Suffering Radio Interview

KFUO radio interviewed me again, this time on the problem of pain and suffering.

Download and listen below.… continue reading...

On Free Will, Fair Trials, and the Problem of Evil

A recent series of comments on an article of mine characterizing Obama’s desire to have the KSM trial in NYC as a ‘show trial‘ prompted me to ponder one of the claims made in those comments.  I noted what appears to be a parallel between “Mark’s” argument and atheistic objections to God along the lines of free will and the problem of evil.  In saying this, I don’t mean to imply that Mark is actually an atheist.  I have no idea if he is.  Nor do I mean to unduly pick on him, because in my view youngsters are … continue reading...

Learn Biblical (Koine) Greek in 3-6 weeks at Academy

The Athanatos Online Academy spring session is beginning soon.   The 2-3 week courses begin at $19.95.

On May 1st, Greek (part 1) will be available.  This three week course will introduce learners to the alphabet, basic grammar and vocabulary, and Greek language reference tools.  By the end of the three weeks you will be able to explore the actual Greek text our English translations are derived from.  Greek 1 and 2 are being taught by Glenn Jones.  His ministry site is www.indefenseofthefaith.org.   He is pursuing his MA in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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2009 Apologetics Academy Session Begins in May

The third session of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s online apologetics academy begins May 1st.  Below is the course schedule.

The portal page for the academy is:
http://www.academyofapologetics.com

To access the actual course area:
http://www.academyofapologetics.com/courses/

Courses available with their Start Dates:

May 1. Basic New Testament Greek Part 1
May 10. Reliability of the New Testament Documents
May 11. Hitler and Christianity [FREE!]
May 13. Christ Promised in the Old Testament
May 18. Study in Alleged Bible Contradictions
May 18. The Problem of Pain and Suffering
May 25. Basic New Testament Greek Part 2
June 1. The Historical Jesus: A … continue reading...

Should you care about the question of God’s existence?

Actual conversation from last night:

[having spotted me reading a book titled Introduction to Biblical Interpretation]

Him:  So, are you a religious nut?
Me:  A nut?
Him:  Yea, do you like really believe in God?
Me:  (to myself:  does mere belief in God make you a nut?)
Him:  Do you believe in Jesus?  The holy Mary…
Me:  Well, I’m not a Catholic.  I’m protestant, so I don’t go in for that Mary business…
Him:  I used to be a Catholic.
Me:  And now?
Him:  I’m an agnostic.
Me:  What happened?
Him:  Like I said, I was raised Catholic.
Me:  … continue reading...

The Problem of Pain Defeated by the Problem of Good

A recent commentator on my youtube vid of me responding to a question about the problem of pain declares “The analogy fails.”  What I had said was that the problem of pain reflected a heart wrenching reaction to what we see in the world but we already have in hand the principle to unravel it: parents know that their children will suffer, yet they bring them into the world anyway; they know they will suffer but in order for children to become adults they must be permitted to endure the messy business of life.  An over protective parent is a … continue reading...

You Cannot Reason a Person Out of Pain: Lessons from a Child

This weekend I learned something that I already knew:  If a person is in pain simple words don’t take the pain away.

The incident in question is fairly common around my house.    The children are engaged in rough housing and suddenly one of the younger boys gets hurt.  Now the oldest child- almost always the direct cause- steps in and shouts, “Soooorrrry!  I said I’m sooooorrry!”  The louder the other boy cries the more insistent and argumentative the older one becomes, “SOOOOORRRRYY!”

By this point a parent is involved, sorting out the various assertions, triaging the bodies, etc.  Again, we … continue reading...

Why did God Create the Devil Knowing He’d Be Naughty and other Free Will

Here is a second clip from a Q and A that I gave this summer.  There are at least three questions here and they all surround the notion of free will, why God would tolerate bad things, why he doesn’t act, and the like.  Enjoy.

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Natural Versus Revealed Religion: How Atheists Drop the Ball

This essay makes the assertion that atheists fail to distinguish between ‘natural revelation’ and ‘special revelation’ but they are not entirely to blame.  Arguments for the existence of God tend to be in the realm of ‘natural’ theology.  Then, Christians speak of the Bible as revelation without qualification.  Unfortunately, atheists almost uniformly believe they are smarter and more well informed than every other person on the globe, so we would expect that they would be able to see past these factors to Christianity’s toughest arguments instead of attacking the weakest links.

It is not my purpose today to offer one … continue reading...

Problem of Pain video response and some summer updates

This has been one of those summers, I’ll tell you.  I suppose it has been noticed that I haven’t been contributing to the blog very much, or sending out newsletters, or debating very much on the forum.  September is on its way and I for one am looking forward to ‘vacation’ being over so that I can get back into the groove!

I had several speaking engagements this summer and a couple of them I had recorded on video.  I thought I would make some of this available on Youtube in anticipation of the day when I really open up … continue reading...

Sunday School Christianity Is Dangerous to the Faith

I received a forwarded email that originally was sent by some media guy who lost his faith reporting on religion.  In that email the following excerpt was provided, abbreviated already, and I abbreviated it more:

… Having been raised to believe in a just God, my faith was shaken when my husband and I lost our ten-year-old child to Cystic Fibrosis, a congenital disease for which there is no cure.

We felt betrayed that a loving God could bring such pain to parents who lived by the Golden Rule and followed the Ten Commandments. As we coped with our grief, … continue reading...

Review of Freedom, Healing for Parents of Disabled Children by Nancy Douglas

A review of Nancy Douglas’s Freedom: Healing for Parents of Disabled Children (Buy from Amazon)

Book Description
In the pages of Freedom, Nancy Douglas candidly shares the pain, grief, and trials of having a disabled child. From the initial storm of discovering her daughter was Autistic, deaf, and Failure to Thrive, to the agony of knowing she would never receive physically healing, her compelling and honest account of life with a special needs child will transform the heart of all who read it. Walk with Nancy through the pages of her journey and discover for yourself the true and lasting … continue reading...

Online apologetics courses now enrolling: believe in the resurrection of Jesus but don’t know the evidence?

Believe in the resurrection of Jesus but don’t know the evidence for that belief?  Do you see that as a problem?  You should.  Confused about how the New Testament canon came to be and nervous that books like Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” might have something to it?  Arm yourself with the facts.  Afraid that you’re missing out because you know the New Testament was written in Greek but you’re stuck with the English?  Maybe learning Greek isn’t so hard.

The Historicity of the Resurrection, the Formation of the NT Canon, and Introduction to Biblical Greek are just three … continue reading...