Category: Theism

(Re)Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 2

“Outside of Christ there is no law, no hope, and no meaning.” – Ravi Zacharias.1 To see more posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. In part one to the introduction of this series “(Re)Considering Christianity” I discussed the earliest parts… Continue Reading “(Re)Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 2”

Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18

Here’s the Weekly Roundup! (Note: there will be no Roundup next Friday.) Over at bibleinterp.com there is an excerpt from John: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators (Eerdmans, 2018) entitled “The Spiritual Gospel: The Gospel of John in the Early Church.” In this excerpt Bryan Stewart… Continue Reading “Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18”

James Anderson Tries to Answer, “Why Did God Allow the Fall?”

When Christians talk about “the Fall,” they aren’t referring to Autumn. The Fall in Christian theology is a reference to the sin of Adam and Eve which resulted in their receiving a sinful nature. This caused a rift between humanity and God that only… Continue Reading “James Anderson Tries to Answer, “Why Did God Allow the Fall?””

Jonathan Garner: Skeptical Theists Admit Defeat

Some of you may have heard of “Skeptical Theism,” the position that says that while God exists it may be impossible to discern correctly his motives for allowing things like evil in the universe. For a decent introduction to Skeptical Theism, check out this… Continue Reading “Jonathan Garner: Skeptical Theists Admit Defeat”

Tim Crane: Religion and Violence

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 123-124. Given the violence at the heart of the monotheistic religions, it is perhaps not surprising that critics of religion should see its propensity to cause violence… Continue Reading “Tim Crane: Religion and Violence”

Tim Bayne: Why Should Soul-Making Be Necessary?

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 68. Even if advocates of the soul-making theodicy can show that the benefits of soul-making are absorbed by the badness of the evils that give rise to them, one might ask why… Continue Reading “Tim Bayne: Why Should Soul-Making Be Necessary?”

Josh McDowell Doesn’t Understand Atheism

On June 10th, pop-apologist Josh McDowell wrote an article for The Christian Post entitled “Yes, Atheists Have Faith. But Do They Have Evidence?” The piece is short and, like most of what he writes, underwhelming. For example, he writes, To help us verify if Jesus… Continue Reading “Josh McDowell Doesn’t Understand Atheism”

Tim Bayne: Divine Hiddenness

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 52-53. Religious writers have long puzzled over the reasons for God’s silence, but Nietzsche regarded the silence of God as something more than a pastoral challenge: he saw it as an objection… Continue Reading “Tim Bayne: Divine Hiddenness”

Tim Bayne: Can We Explain Fine-Tuning?

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 37-38. Let us grant then that the fine-tuning facts require explanation. Can science provide the necessary explanation? Many physicists and philosophers argue that it can. The most influential response here appeals to… Continue Reading “Tim Bayne: Can We Explain Fine-Tuning?”

Tim Bayne: An Objection to Atemporalism

Tim Bayne, Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), 21. A second objection to atemporalism is rather more serious. The objection in question is that atemporalism is difficult to reconcile with the claim that God is personal. As the philosopher Grace… Continue Reading “Tim Bayne: An Objection to Atemporalism”