25 Questions for Theists

Almost five years ago, I published my "20+ Questions for Theists." They say hindsight is 20/20. After reading the numerous comments in the combox, I can see that I was not as clear as I would have liked to have been. So I'd like to offer a clarification before reposting the list of questions, which has now grown to 25 (or so).Many people incorrectly assumed that the list was supposed to function as a list of "gotcha!" questions. Even our own Keith Parsons commented, "Any Bible-believing … [Read more...]

Is It Completely Unfair for Dawkins to Equate “Faith” with “Blind Trust”?

While going through some old files, I discovered this passage at the end of a book review. The book being reviewed was Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath. The reviewer was Paul Pardi, a philosopher at Seattle Pacific University. Here is what Pardi wrote: "I also have one technical contention to make with McGrath on the topic of faith as blind trust. In taking Dawkins to task on this point, McGrath does not seem to account for the fideist tradition and the i … [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...]

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 14: More On Phase 4

=====================NOTE:To avoid sounding overly aggressive and insulting,  I will not be repeating the evaluation that Dr. Geisler's various arguments for the existence of God are a steaming pile of dog shit.  However, please understand that the fact that I refrain from writing such comments does NOT mean that no such thoughts come to my mind as I am reading and thinking about Dr. Geisler's arguments; it just means that I am restraining myself from stating clearly and forcefully how I … [Read more...]

One Christian Worldview? Part 4: Evangelical Denominations

Catholics constituted 20.8% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014, see the Religious Landscape Study), and Christians who belong to Evangelical Protestant denominations constituted 25.4% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014).  So, if we combine Catholics and Evangelicals, they constituted 46.2% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014).  Since 70.6% of adults in the USA were Christians (in 2014), the combination of Catholics and Evangelicals constituted 65.4% of Christian adults i … [Read more...]

Sins of Omission: What the Bible does not Say

The Bible was written in ancient times by many authors. Over a thousand years separated the earliest from the most recent writings. Naturally, the Bible reflects the cultural and intellectual milieus of the times and places of its composition. Unless one is theologically committed to the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, it should not be embarrassing that biblical writings reflect a pre-modern cosmology or that the biblical scale of earth history is off by six orders of magnitude off (4.6 billion … [Read more...]

Podcast 4: Is There Just One Christian Worldview or Many?

I have also made a podcast on this subject:Podcast 4: Is There Just One Christian Worldview or Many?There is a PowerPoint (in a PDF) available with the content of the podcast:PowerPoint for Podcast 4My previous podcasts are available here:Thinking Critically About: Is Christianity True? … [Read more...]