Tag: atheism

Metaphysics, Christianity, Philosophy

Thoughts on Theodicy

One of the most famous reasons to reject the existence of God is the existence of evil. Either evil or God can exist, not both. The dilemma relies on the supposition that these three propositions cannot all be true at once God is all good. God is all powerful. Evil exists. In modern atheist rhetoric, the …

Metaphysics, Bible, Dialectic, Christianity, Philosophy, Speculative Theology

On the Importance of Philosophical Reasoning for Biblical Exegesis: Edward Feser and Romans 1:18-23

Introduction In my mind, the ability to engage in philosophical reasoning in order to tease out the implications of particular interpretations of the Bible and other truths is indispensable for reading the Bible and teaching it to others. Example Edward Feser, in a post titled, “Repressed Knowledge of God?” comments that the common interpretation of Romans …

Christianity

The Ignorant Atheist

Richard Dawkins, never one to be pleasant, made some remarks that hold some truth value and also showcased his inability to research his historical claims. He is criticizing certain Muslim claims about the relationship of their faith to science.  “Islamic science deserves enormous respect.” There are two versions of this second claim, ranging from the …

Culture

The Goober Atheist: Ineffectual Nerd Edition

Years ago Richard Carrier attempted to destroy the foundation of the Christian faith by publishing his magnum opus proving definitively that Jesus never existed. And like all virgin-nerds, his work was ignored by the world of chad New Testament scholars, which lead him to resentfully hate them all. As an aside, I don’t mind atheists, …

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Thoughts on Faith

In Christian thought, faith often has three distinct meanings: Belief that something is true (see James 2). Complete loyalty and trust in/to a person, idea, or group (see Galatians and the gospels). ‘the faith’ means the body of Christian beliefs and practices handed down by tradition. “The faith” in meaning three, is a tradition and …

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Atheism and Definitions

An atheist is one who denies the existence of a personal, transcendent creator of the universe, rather than one who simply lives life without reference to such a being. Atheist is one who asserts the existence of such a creator. Any discussionof atheism, then, is necessarily a discussion of theism. – Le Poidevin, Robin. Arguing …

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Melting Asphalt and God as a cipher

An atheist writer over at Melting Asphalt wrote this: In light of this view of religion (as a tribal strategy), I’d like to share a little hack I sometimes use to make sense of religious practices. Whenever I hear someone say “God,” I try substituting “society” in its place. E.g.: God is great becomes society …