Hinman’s Two Ways – Part 1: Outline of Argument #1

Joe Hinman wants me to set aside Mr. Geisler's pathetic case for God, and to give serious consideration to his case for God, which includes at least two arguments:Argument 1: an Aspect of Being is Eternal And Necessary (ABEAN),andArgument 2: Religious Experience Meets Epistemic Criteria (REMEC).In this first post, I will only get started with Hinman's first argument, attempting to clarify the basic structure of that argument.Here is an excerpt from Hinman's initial post on t … [Read more...]

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 18: The God of the Bible Exists?

After laying out his case for the existence of God in When Skeptics Ask (hereafter: WSA), Dr. Norman Geisler attempts to link the God that he thinks he has proven to exist with "the God of the Bible":Is this the God of the Bible? At the burning bush, God told Moses his name and said, "I AM WHO I AM" (Ex. 3:14).  This signifies that the central characteristic of the God of the Bible is existence.  His very nature is existence.  ...The Bible also calls God eternal (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:2), un … [Read more...]

INDEX: Geisler’s Five Ways

Here is my multi-part critical examination of Dr. Norman Geisler's case for the existence of God in his book When Skeptics Ask (coauthored with Ronald Brooks):Geisler’s First Argument http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/16/geislers-first-argument/Geisler’s Five Ways http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/16/geislers-five-ways/Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 2: How Many Arguments for God? h … [Read more...]

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 17: God Exists?

Because Dr. Norman Geisler is unclear and confused in his use of the word "God", he fails to properly conclude his case for the existence of God in his book When Skeptics Ask (hereafter: WSA).But this failure is easily fixed.  I will reconstruct the final inference of his case for God in this post.  First, here is a comment that indicates part of what Geisler thinks he has proven:We have said that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, infinite, uncreated, unchanging, eternal, and om … [Read more...]

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 16: Just One Unlimited Being?

A standard objection to traditional arguments for God is that even if the arguments were successful, they fail to prove that there is just ONE god, leaving open the possibility that polytheism is true, and that monotheism is false.  In Phase 5 of his case for God in When Skeptics Ask (hereafter: WSA), Dr. Norman Geisler presents an argument that is intended to deal with this standard objection:We have said that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, inifinite, uncreated, unchanging, … [Read more...]

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 15: Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Perfectly Good?

Dr. Norman Geisler uses cosmological arguments to show that God is very powerful, and a teleological argument to show that God is very intelligent, and a moral argument to show that God is good (When Skeptics Ask [hereafter: WSA], p.26-27).  But in Phase 4 of his case, he has not yet attempted to show that God exists.  At best he has attempted to show that there is exactly one being that caused the universe to begin to exist, and that this being is very powerful, very intelligent, and is morally … [Read more...]

Objections to Objectivism – Part 2: More Popular Objections

In this post I will examine three more populuar arguments against ethical objectivism from Russ Landau's textbook The Fundamentals of Ethics (hereafter: FOE).  I will present Landau's criticisms of these arguments, and I will also present a few of my own criticisms. Objection 4: Moral Objectivity Supports Dogmatism 1. If there are objective moral standards, then this makes dogmatism acceptable. 2. Dogmatism is unacceptable. 3. Therefore, there are no objective moral standards. ( … [Read more...]

Objections to Objectivism – Part 1: Three Popular Objections

I have many textbooks, handbooks, and readers on ethics, so I didn't really need to buy another introduction to ethics this weekend. But I glanced through Russ Landau's textbook The Fundamentals of Ethics (hereafter: FOE) and the third and final section of his book caught my attention: "Part Three: The Status of Morality".  In Part Three, he has a chapter on ethical relativism, a chapter on moral nihilism, and a chapter on objections to ethical objectivism.Objectivism is relevant to p … [Read more...]