What Does “Supernatural” Mean? Part 2

====================== Keith Augustine Perhaps in lieu of starting from scratch on this issue, readers might want to consider what others have already said on this issue.  ...======================I plan to take Keith Augustine's advice, just not this week.  Maybe next week, or maybe next month.  See his comments on the first post in this series, where he provides various links to web articles on this subject (I have added copies of Augustine's comments at the end of this current … [Read more...]

What is Atheism? – Part 2

Levels of Analysis I'm going to make a second attempt to clarify and define the word "atheism".  This time, I will emphasize that the analysis and definitions exist at different levels.  Swinburne's clarification and analysis of "God exists" makes use of different levels of definition or analysis:Level 0:  "God exists."Level 1:  God exists IF AND ONLY IF exactly one divine person exists.Level 2:  X is a divine person IF AND ONLY IF X is a spirit who is eternally omnipotent, etern … [Read more...]

What is Atheism?

I know this is a well-worn topic, but I think it is worth hashing over this old question one more time.First, some obvious points that many ignorant, bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging bigots are unable to grasp:1. ATHEISM is not the same as MATERIALISM (not all atheists are materialists).2. ATHEISM is not the same as MARXISM (not all atheists are Marxists).3. ATHEISM is not the same as HUMANISM (not all atheists are Humanists).4. ATHEISM is not the same as AGNOSTICISM (not all … [Read more...]

Jesus: True Prophet or False Prophet? – Response to Eugene

Before I go on to  Part 4 of this series, I'm going to take time to respond to a defense of Jesus put forward by Eugene (see comments by Eugene on my Part 3 post).I am arguing that it is very unlikely that God would raise Jesus from the dead, because Jesus was a false prophet.  Some key reasons supporting my claim that Jesus was a false prophet are that Jesus promoted worship of Jehovah, obedience to Jehovah, and prayer to Jehovah, and that Jehovah is a false god.  Jehovah is a false god be … [Read more...]

The Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection of Jesus

Let's represent the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus as follows:(C) The Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is true.Sometimes the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is summed up this way:(R) God raised Jesus from the dead.The Christian doctrine of the resurrection asserts that the resurrection of Jesus was a miracle, and that God caused it to happen:12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is … [Read more...]

Down with Agnosticism

Dear Bleaders,I'm against Agnosticism. I think it is hooey. Ancient Skepticism made the beautiful point that we are such imperfect sensing and thinking beings that we cannot really know anything; that everything true has an opposite that can also be argued; that true contradictions can be shown; and that irrational states of mind teach us that all states of mind are somewhat irrational-- it's always only one version of the truth. (This critique is true and solid. Science gets around it by … [Read more...]

Militant Agnosticism

I recently received an email from an agnostic named Dan who was, ironically enough, quite militant about his agnosticism! According to Dan, "one cannot logically be an atheist" because "a negative can never be proven." Notice, however, the statement "a negative can never be proven" is itself a negative statement. Either the statement "a negative can never be proven" can itself be proven, in which case the argument is self-refuting, or it can't be proven, in which case it doesn't provide a reason … [Read more...]