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Herr Professor Strikes Back: atheist Deacon Duncan takes issue with my arguments

I noticed the other day that someone had taken the time to respond at length to my post discussing trancendence, immanence, logic and superlogic.  Then I woke up this morning to find out he had posted again on it!  Herr Professor, this is just too much! 🙂  Herr Professor, now going by Deacon Duncan, knows that I prefer to have extended discussions on my discussion forum but he has sufficiently stroked my ego that I think a post or two is warranted.  It is not every day that I am described as smart and sophisticated and that my arguments … continue reading...

Religion (ie, Christianity) requires higher scrutiny because it demands massive commitments

In the last week or so I had two exchanges where the debate turned on why the atheist/agnostic was demanding a higher level of scrutiny for ‘religious’ claims than other kinds of claims.  In one of the cases, the really odd thing is that the person(s) had admitted that science, being limited as it is to the natural order, is unable to touch the supernatural and yet continued to say that science nonetheless remains the best way to learn about the world.   This is not coherent.  When pressed, in this case they again admitted that science couldn’t prove or disprove … continue reading...

Atheists begin Christmas Advertising Campaign, Buses in DC

I suppose a lot of you have already heard about this new advertising campaign?  The purpose of the campaign is to “to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.”  If they succeed, they will initiate a wave of conversions to Christianity.  Why?  Check out the slogan:

Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake!

Any rational person will immediately ask himself just how one knows what ‘good’ is, anyway.  Atheists, true to form, are unaware the question even needs to be asked.  Everyone has an intuitive sense that there … continue reading...

The Regularity of Natural Laws is a Pre-Condition for Reliably Detecting God

… and therefore not proof positive that a presumption of atheism is valid.

Below I have a youtube presentation I did on this.  I tried several attempts with the goal of keeping it short as in three minutes or so.  Brevity is not my spiritual gift.  🙂  Finally I typed it out and forced myself (and even then not always successfully) to stay to what I had written.  In the end it was four minutes.  Oh well.  Since I typed it out, I thought I could also include the text of the presentation, too, so it is below the youtube … 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...

God Created Your Brain: Fall 2008 Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

Many people are intimidated by the pompous declarations of those like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  Many people think that becoming a Christian means checking your brain at the door.  Some think that it would take endless study to be able to stand up to the challenges against Christianity.  Let us be clear:  it does take some work, but it need not be all at once and you can do a little at a time.  The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy offers short modules that do not require massive amounts of your time.  At the same time, you’ll gain resources to … continue reading...

One Atheist Admits I’m Right, Another Responds to Big Bang Post

Atheist One.

It is not very often that you get an admission as clear as the one that was posted on my forum today.  I asserted in this post on my blog that at the bottom, most atheistic arguments against the existence of God are based on the ‘presumption of naturalism’ with   The atheist on my forum said:

At the conclusion, you argue that the evidence will show God’s existence if only we give up our assumption that all explanations must be natural.  What you fail to give us is any compelling reason why we must abandon that assumption.… continue reading...

Who made God? Who made the Universe? Chicken, meet the Egg

The question ‘Who made God’ is one of the first questions a young child asks.  It is an obvious question with a difficult to comprehend answer.  The problem is when adults get stymied.   Worse is when grown men who ought to know better and claim they do get it wrong.  For example, this little bit from Christian turned atheist Dan Barker says:

The mind of a god would be at least as complex and orderly as the rest of nature and would be subject to the same question: Who made god? If a god can be thought eternal, then so … continue reading...

Introducing a Budding Apologist: The Religious Implications of the Large Hadron Collider

What follows is submitted by an up and coming apologist named W. E. Messamore.  His webpage is linked at the bottom and to the right.  I invite readers to take a look at it.  I like what I see and note that he and I have similar trains of thought and areas of emphasis.  For example, in a recent post on his blog he listed Lewis’s The Great Divorce as one of his top books to recommend.  That is my number two favorite book- number one being Lewis’s Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2).  Without further ado, here is Mr. … continue reading...

NBC Heroes, Faith, Philosophy, Christianity

So last night was the season opener for the NBC series Heroes.  Am I the only person left scratching his head?  I had hoped that the series would start making sense again but instead it seems to have become even more convoluted.  I want to enjoy the show but there is just way too much going on to keep track of from week to week.

In last night’s back to back episodes, one of the characters, Nathan Petrelli, credits the saving of his life to God and suggests at one point that perhaps he and his brother (Peter) could become … continue reading...

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...

Why we need to Start from Scratch in Abortion and Atheism without resorting to Presuppositionalism

Last weekI blogged on some observations about how conservatives and liberals and nonChristians perceive the abortion debate.  As if to prove my point, an atheist friend rose to the bait, and illustrated the problem nicely.

Essentially, I observed that the primary difference in outlooks hinged on exactly who was the final, or ultimate, or only authority on what a ‘person’ was, and why at all we would value a ‘person.’  Since atheists do not believe there is a ‘higher’ authority, like God, then obviously ‘personhood’ is decided by the individual or, at best, the collective declaration of a … continue reading...

A 1,000 Word Argument for Christianity

I was once asked to provide a concise, no more than 1,000 word essay, on why I believe Christianity to be true.  I think the hint was that I can be a little too verbose.  🙂  As I recall, this essay was well received, if only because it met the terms of the request.  I just found it on my hard drive, sitting around and playing video games, and otherwise being unproductive.  No sense in having that.  It was originally posted on my forum.  Feel free to use it yourself (with appropriate crediting, of course) and if you have questions, … continue reading...

Equivocation on the word natural by atheists and philosophical naturalists

Has anyone else noticed this?

As a case in point- in part because atheists have accused me of ‘inventing’ atheistic positions- consider this entry on my blog and the comments that follow.  But to be clear, I run across this phenomena all the time as I read and debate theism or ‘intelligent design.’

Let me illustrate what I mean by the real world quest for the origins for life.  Scientists are working like mad to recreate life from scratch.  It is requiring all their technology, all of their accumulated knowledge, and all of their expertise.  There have been some ‘successes’ … continue reading...