Podcast 5: How Should We Evaluate the Christian Worldview?

In Podcast 5, I briefly review some key points from Podcast 3 and Podcast 4, and then I discuss how to evaluate the Christian worldview:http://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/e/podcast-5-how-should-we-evaluate-the-truth-of-the-christian-worldview/Some key points in Podcast 5:Religions are basically systems of religious beliefs. The core of a system of religious beliefs is a worldview. A worldview can be understood in terms of a general problem-solving scheme. A worldview c … [Read more...]

Hinman’s REMEC Argument: DOA

Joe Hinman has (allegedly) posted a second argument for the "existence of God":http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2017/07/bowen-hinman-debate-existence-of-god-my.htmlAlthough Hinman believes that the claim "God exists" is NOT literally true (but is only "metaphorically true", whatever that means), he has included the phrase "existence of God" in the title of this latest post, implying that his second argument is an argument in support of the existence of God:Bowen-Hinman Debate … [Read more...]

God’s nature does not make his commands non-arbitrary

Many modern defenders of the divine command theory frequently claim that God’s commands are not arbitrary because they flow from his essential nature. Their argument is bad. That a commander issues consistent commands based on his/her own character does not mean that those commands are not arbitrary. Whether a command is arbitrary depends on whether there are reasons for the command. That commands are based on the commander’s nature tells us nothing about whether there are reasons for the com … [Read more...]

The Physical Realization of the Mental

Here is a handout for one of my classes. Readers here might find it interesting as well. The class read the "Great Debate" on the Secular Web between Andrew Melnyk and the two Christian philosophers Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliafero. This is my explanation of Melnyk's idea of the physical realization of the mental, which to me is quite plausible.Mind is defined functionally. A Functional Definition is a definition of something not in terms of its constituents, but in terms of what it does. … [Read more...]

Hinman’s ABEAN & REMEC Arguments: INDEX

1. Joe Hinman's ABEAN Argument for Godhttp://metacrock.blogspot.com/2017/07/opening-argument-resolved-that-belief.html2. My Criticism of Hinman's ABEAN Argument for Godhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2017/07/04/hinmans-abean-argument-part-2-objections-11-1/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2017/07/06/hinmans-abean-argument-part-3-objections/3. Joe Hinman's Responses to My Criticism of His ABEAN … [Read more...]

Hinman’s ABEAN Argument – Part 3: More Objections

ABEAN Contains Twelve StatementsAlthough I cannot provide a comprehensive critique of Hinman's ABEAN argument in just two blog posts (of reasonable length),  I can at least briefly touch on each of the dozen statements in that argument.[NOTE: ABEAN is an acronym that refers to the claim that "some Aspect of Being is Eternal And Necessary".]The statements in ABEAN are numbered (1) through (11), but there is an additional statement that Hinman should have made, but that he did not make … [Read more...]

Link: Matthew Ferguson on “Understanding the Spirit vs. the Letter of Probability”

A while back, I wrote a brief commentary on William Lane Craig's critique of Bart Ehrman on the probability of miracles. Matthew Ferguson recently weighed in. He agrees with my conclusions, but greatly amplified them by writing an entire essay expounding on supporting points. I highly recommend his essay to anyone interested in the topic of the probability of miracles in general and the probability of Jesus' alleged resurrection in particular. … [Read more...]

Hinman’s ABEAN Argument – Part 2: Objections to (11) and (1)

I. The Conclusion of the ABEAN Argument is UNCLEAR.(ABEAN is an acronym for: "some Aspect of Being is Eternal And Necessary", which is premise (4) of Hinman's argument.)The first thing that I look at when analyzing an argument is the conclusion of the argument.  Here is the conclusion of Hinman's ABEAN argument:11. Therefore, some people are warranted in believing in God.This might not seem to be unclear at first glance, but the meaning of the phrase "believing in God" is indeed … [Read more...]