Apologetics and Counter-Apologetics
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Folks are talking about the problem of evil. John Wilkins takes on the problem of the problem of evil and Darwin , arguing that, for theologies where the problem of evil is a problem, evolution probably does less to exacerbate the issue than basic physics, or physiology, or first principles of ecology. And he’s right.
Assuming creation, what is God’s relationship to time? There are two popular views—God is infinite (existing everlastingly, but within time) and God is eternal (existing changelessly with no relation to time). In both cases, God is uncaused, never begins to exist, and never ceases to exist. William Lane Craig, interestingly, adopts what you might call a hybrid of these two views to make sense of some philosophical problems. There have been many responses to Craig’s arguments about time and infinity.
Greg L. Bahnsen (September 17, 1948 – December 11, 1995) was an American Calvinist philosopher , apologist , and debater. He was a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full-time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He is also considered a contributor to the field of Christian apologetics. Early life and education
I pearled this mostly because it contains quotes and references to actual studies about correlations between theism/atheism and suicide, mental illness, marital status, having children etc. by Aug 18
The goal of this article is, quite simply, to explain how religion came to be. This is, of course, a completely unachievable task for a humble little blogger such as yours truly. So, to be more realistic, my goal is to try and offer some thoughts on the subject, and hopefully provoke some debate amongst my readers. Definitions, Definitions... Of course, as is always the case, our definition of our subject will strongly affect the results. In order to avoid delving into a lengthy debate on definitions, I will simply use a rather broad definition here: Religion is any belief in a supernatural entity.
The following are very rough, and partly speculative, outlines of how I see empathy, reason, their interrelations, and what kinds of conditioning can overshadow one or the other. As one major example, I show how Presuppositional Apologetics serves as a mind-trick to block out those basic human capacities by way of circular logic and self-referential tautologies. There are two major basic tools to help a human being connect with another human being: reason, and empathy.
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Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews . It claims that apart from presuppositions , one could not make sense of any human experience, and there can be no set of neutral assumptions from which to reason with a non-Christian. [ 1 ] Presuppositionalists claim that a Christian cannot consistently declare his belief in the necessary existence of the God of the Bible and simultaneously argue on the basis of a different set of assumptions that God may not exist and Biblical revelation may not be true. Presuppositionalism is the predominant apologetic of contemporary conservative Calvinist and Reformed churches . [ 2 ] Two schools of presuppositionalism exist, based on the different teachings of Cornelius Van Til and Gordon Haddon Clark .
John M. Frame (born 1939, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ) is an American philosopher and Calvinist theologian especially noted for his work in epistemology and presuppositional apologetics , systematic theology , and ethics . He is one of the foremost interpreters and critics of the thought of Cornelius Van Til . [ edit ] Biography Frame received degrees from Princeton University ( A.B. ), Westminster Theological Seminary ( B.D. ), Yale University ( A.M. and M.Phil. , though he was working on a doctorate and admits his own failure to complete his dissertation ), [ 1 ] and Belhaven College (honorary D.D. ). [ 2 ] He has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and was a founding faculty member of their California campus, and as of 2007 [update] he holds the J.
At the recent "Reason Rally" event, well-known youtube atheist activist Thunderf00t was - umm, well - "interviewed" by creationist Eric Hovind, son of Kent Hovind . I won't go into the details of how the conversation went down, as all of it has been covered extensively by others. (The following video is one example out of many.) Suffice it to say that it was a textbook example of presuppositional apologetics , pre-planned and well-designed to make a scientist look bad, simply because the scientist tried to honestly answer questions that were by no means honest. I think that episodes like this raise a more general question: Do I, as an atheist, want to engage in debates like that?