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...]

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...]

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...]