In a literal sense, is “a person who rejects the belief in the existence of a god or any gods". In philosophy, it is conclusive that atheism is to be construed as the proposition that God does not exist. If you weigh in the literal and philosophical conclusions for the meaning of what an atheist really is, they are almost, if not, completely synonymous.
The dialectic of the argument between forms of belief and unbelief raises questions concerning the most perspicuous delineation, or characterization, of atheism, agnosticism, and theism. It is necessary not only to probe the warrant for atheism but also to carefully consider what is the most adequate definition of atheism.
There have been many notable figures in history who are atheists, namely, Blaise Pascal, David Hume, and a lot more.
Over Easter, I posted this to Facebook:
Today is humanity’s annual reminder that the case fatality rate for life is 100%. By all and any various means, each of us will die, and no mitigation measure or scientific breakthrough will allow any of us to escape this result. There is, however, a whisper of a ‘cure,’ a rumor, if you will, of a Doctor who licked Death, and now offers his own antibodies to those who seek Him. This is your annual reminder that many who seek claim they have found and now feel they have Good reason to Hope. … continue reading...
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April 11, 2013
In just a little over a week, my ministry, Athanatos Christian Ministries, will be hosting our fourth annual online apologetics conference.
Each year, we pick a theme in which apologetics is integrated and applied. Previous years saw apologetics incorporated into the arts, etc. This year, the theme is life issues, and abortion in particular.
One’s views about God tends to impact one’s views on Man. It is not a coincidence that people are more likely to describe themselves as pro-life if they are a Christian and pro-choice if they are an atheist. On the former view, people have … continue reading...
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October 2, 2012
So I was minding my own business of late so was out of the loop with this whole Jennifer Livingston business. I find this ironic, because the whole thing is going on in my own geographic area and it touches on a number of issues that rile me up.
A local news anchor (Jennifer Livingston) received an email. Here is the text:
It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself … continue reading...
This article in the London Times where an established atheist states- reluctantly- that Africa needs God recently came to my attention.
First of all, Mr. Parris must be commended for his honesty and objectivity. I find myself thinking that if he continues exhibiting that kind of honest seeking he will find himself a Christian!
You can read the story for yourself, but the essence of it is that Mr. Parris reflects on his actual observations of life in Africa and the impact of missionaries he witnessed. He cannot deny that it has been positive which poses problems for his worldview. … continue reading...
The letters I received from Flew that I discuss below have been released in an ebook. This ebook contains this essay as well as a few other remarks looking back on this tempest in a teapot. You may buy this ebook using the links on this page (Kindle, etc.) To my knowledge, Richard Carrier has yet to respond to this, except to dismiss it. Bless him.
“Here’s the smoking gun for anyone who has the courage to follow the evidence where it leads – this time concerning the state of mind of Antony Flew, the atheist apostate who had the
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I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Dan Barker over at the Freedom from Religion Foundation was going to be on liberal radio network Air America. I followed up by finding this article at Foxnews. The writer goofs by saying that Barker and his wife head up the Freedom OF Religion rather than FROM.
I have mixed feelings about such things. Naturally, I don’t object to them having their broadcast. It is a free country, after all. No, what I mean is that on the one hand, I think we should be having those like Barker, Hitchens, … continue reading...
When I was a religion teacher I was often asked why God didn’t perform miracles today as often as he did in the Christian Scriptures. The question is a natural one. As one starts from Genesis and proceeds through Revelation, there are a litany of miraculous events happening one after the other. However, it is easy to forget that the Scriptures aren’t a history of the entire human race. They skip around- after the miraculous events surrounding Daniel there was a 400 year silence before Jesus was born. And even in a single book, there could be dozens and hundreds … continue reading...
This is in response to this article here, which discusses teachers’ opposition to sending out promotional material for an atheistic camp that was given to them- presumably without school endorsement- to distribute to students.
I will pass over the unspoken irony and more obvious and tired objection that if it had been a Christian camp or activity the ACLU would have been all blood and fangs.Â That almost goes without saying.Â But my general disgust with the thin skinned and easily offended atheist ‘minority’ dictating to the majority can be expressed against the Christian teachers in this story- provided … continue reading...
There is a thread on my forum right now where I discuss whether or not two of the members are in fact the same person.Â (Click here to read it).Â The conversation has gone just about how I expected it to.Â It was dismissed by the interested parties, then as it became evident I was seriously proposing the idea, there was mockery, etc.Â When it finally dawned on them that I was actually using their own arguments against theism and the supernatural, one ‘cut and run’ and the other went hostile.
The objection is that the types of arguments and … continue reading...
Under discussion here: http://www.sntjohnny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2223
Two quotes to start this off with. First, from atheist Bertrand Russell, answering a question in an essay by the same title, “Why I am not a Christian”: “I think that you must have a certain amount of definite belief before you have a right to call yourself a Christian. The word does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning now as it had in the times of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. In those days, if a man said that he was a Christian it was known what he meant. You accepted a whole … continue reading...