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...]

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...]

Hinman’s Opening Argument for God

Joe Hinman has published his opening argument for God on his blog site:http://metacrock.blogspot.com/2017/07/opening-argument-resolved-that-belief.htmlHere is his argument in summary form: 1. All naturalistic phenomena are contingent and temporal. 2. Either some aspect of being is eternal and necessary unless or something came from nothing (creation ex nihilo) 3. Something did not come from nothing. 4. Some aspect of being is eternal and necessary [=GOB]. (from 2,and 3) 5. Some … [Read more...]

Hinman’s ABEAN Argument – Part 1: “Eternal and Necessary”

Joe Hinman wants me to seriously consider two arguments for the conclusion that "God is real".  I'm going to focus on his ABEAN argument for a number of posts, before I examine his argument from religious experience.I have attempted to summarize Hinman's  first argument in a brief standard form argument:Hinman's ABEAN Argument 1. All natural phenomena are contingent and temporal. 2. IF all natural phenomena are contingent and temporal, THEN some aspect of being is eternal and n … [Read more...]

Chad Gross’s Review of my Debate with Frank Turek

Chad Gross at Truthbomb Apologetics has written a fair, open-minded review of my debate with Frank Turek: "Lowder's debate style is very similar to that of William Lane Craig. He begins with the contentions he intends to defend and then supports them with his arguments. This should be modeled by all those who desire to debate successfully.... It was obvious, especially in the case of Lowder, that the debaters were familiar with their opponent’s position and written work.... Lowder majored on con … [Read more...]

Randal Rauser’s Most Excellent Review of the Lowder-Turek Debate

I think this just might be the best review ever written of a debate between an atheist and a theist. It's comprehensive, thoughtful, irenic, fair, and well-written. I agree with almost the entire review, with the exception of Randal's point about the definition of naturalism. I don't consider that to be a flaw of the review in any way, however. Rather, I consider that to be a reasonable disagreement.Check it out!LINK … [Read more...]

Video of Lowder’s Debate with Frank Turek on Naturalism vs. Theism

Topic: "What Better Explains Reality? Naturalism or Theism"Link: https://youtu.be/ENZYEPpR2JcLinks to Specific Elements of Debate:Moderator's Introduction: https://youtu.be/ENZYEPpR2Jc Lowder's Opening Statement (20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=02m23s Turek's Opening Statement (20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=20m55s Lowder's First Rebuttal (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=44m55s Turek's Firs … [Read more...]