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...]

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...]

How NOT to Argue for Agnosticism

I recently purchased a couple of introductory books on the philosophy of religion.  One of the books is by a contemporary analytic philosopher of religion, Richard M. Gale, titled: On The Philosophy Of Religion (Thompson Wadsworth, 2007).  The other is by a philosopher named Gary Cox, who is not a specialist in philosophy of religion: The God Confusion (Bloomsbury, 2013; hereafter: TGC)  Gary Cox is a British philosopher who appears to be primarily interested in Sartre and exi … [Read more...]

An Evangelical Philosopher on LGBT Rights

Calm discussions of “hot button” issues are rare, but I am having this opportunity now. Matt Flannagan is a distinguished evangelical philosopher who has written a number notable works, including Did God Really Command Genocide?, with Paul Copan. I have enjoyed a number of very interesting discussions with him on a wide variety of topics, and have always found his comments to be logical, informed, and civil (Getting even one of these three in an Internet discussion is, alas, rarer than it should … [Read more...]

Is Necessary Existence Necessary?

Consider the following argument for the existence of God.1. Something exists. 2. Anything that exists must either exist contingently or necessarily. 3. It is impossible that everything that exists is contingent. 4. Therefore, there must exist at least one necessary being. 5. Only God could be a necessary being. 6. Therefore, God exists.I think any argument in support of 5 is going to be very weak, but I propose to set it aside for this post and focus on 2 (only peripherally on … [Read more...]

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...]