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...]

Is Christianity True? – Part 2: The Christian Worldview

The Four Basic Worldview QuestionsA religion is fundamentally a system of religious beliefs.  What makes a collection of religious beliefs a "system" is that they are built up around a set of core beliefs called a "worldview".  There are different ways of conceptualizing worldviews; I favor conceiving of worldviews as problem-solving schemas, on analogy with medical problem solving, involving four basic questions/concepts: 1. SYMPTOMS: What are the most important problems of human l … [Read more...]

Is Christianity True? – Part 1: What is Christianity?

I have been producing a series of podcasts on the question "Is Christianity true?".  So far, four podcasts have been published, and I'm currently working on podcast # 5:http://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/The first four podcasts are introductory in nature, but in podcast #5,  I will be shifting gears and will start working on an evaluation of Christianity.  The first four podcasts are introductory, because I was working on the questions "Why think critically about whether Ch … [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...]