What are the philosophical ramifications of Neo-Darwinism? Biblical genesis plays a considerable role in defining Christian philosophical concepts; for example: what does it mean to be human? What is sin? Darwinism overwrites all of this. I only ever see people talking about the science of Darwinism, never really about the philosophical ramifications. So, my question … More What impact does Neo-Darwinism have on Christianity?
I’ve started a new YouTube channel! The focus of the channel will be breaking down scholarly articles in the area of Christian Apologetics for a general audience. If you are interested in getting a little more technical, have a look at the channel! I’ve linked to the most recent episode below.
How is it possible that people from other religions have the properly basic belief that their God exists? If there is a god, shouldn’t there be just one religion whose members feel so strongly about his existence? _____________________________ We need to clarify what “properly basic beliefs” are. Such beliefs are the product of one’s experience. … More If Christians are justified by religious experience, what about other religions?
Divine Hiddenness is one of the most common objections to God’s existence, following variations on the problem of evil. Divine hiddenness isn’t a problem for the Christian since we find God’s presence personal and unmistakable. Even so, it may be a problem for those we hope to reach, so we should be ready to respond … More Divine Hiddenness: Is God really Hidden?
I have been particularly interested in the Moral Argument recently, but have stumbled upon something I find perplexing. What is the meaning of calling God “good”? If God is the standard for goodness, it seems to me that the reasoning must be circular. The phrase is only meaningful if you refer to something outside God, … More Is it useful to call God “good” if he’s the standard for “goodness?”
I recently bumped into the transcendental argument for God’s existence. The idea is that logical truth is true whether or not human minds exist. These truths are non-physical, so they transcend the physical world. Since logical truth is a conception in the mind, and since logical truth transcends the universe, there must be a transcendent … More Does the fact of logical truth point to God?
Some object to the Moral Argument for God’s existence by criticizing Divine Command Theory (DCT). They argue that DCT doesn’t ground objective moral values and duties because it relies on a moral axiom: that we ought to obey God. First, we can recognize that this criticism applies to moral duties, but not to values. Moral … More Does God command us to obey him? – Divine Command Theory and Circularity
Does your definition of objective moral truths implicitly postulate the existence of an external moral agent? Dr. Sam Harris has said the fundamental moral fact is that the maximizing of human flourishing is good. The objection is, “Why is the maximizing of human flourishing good?” Couldn’t someone ask you, “Why is obeying God objectively moral?” … More Why can theism better account for moral facts?
We now turn to Edvenson’s last two arguments against God’s existence: Determinism and Material Causality. You can find Edvenson’s post HERE. Edvenson’s discussion of determinism seems incomplete in the article. For that reason, I will include what I can gather about his position from his conversation with Graham Oppy on 8/3/2020. Brief Summary Edvenson points out … More Unjustified Agnosticism: Micah Edvenson’s case for skepticism (part 3)
This is the second reaction article to Micah Edvenson’s case for agnosticism. Our last post focused on explanatory power with a particular focus on the arguments from divine hiddenness and religious disagreement. You can find that post here. In this article, we’ll look at Edvenson’s second argument for atheism: evil and animal suffering. I recommend reviewing his … More Unjustified Agnosticism: Micah Edvenson’s case for skepticism (part 2)