Miracles (Part 3): Were Strauss, Barth And Bultmann Correct In Presupposing That Miracles Were Impossible And That the Bible Needed To Be “Demythologized”?

THE AFTERMATH OF SPINOZA AND HUME In our last two blogs on miracles, we said that Jewish pantheist philosopher Benedict Spinoza of Amsterdam and the Scottish atheist philosopher David Hume each had a profound influence in the fields of philosophy and theology, and especially Hume whose views are echoed in major universities all over the world today. Spinoza attempted to … Read More

Miracles (Part 2): Was Hume Correct In Presupposing That The Uniform Experience Of Humanity Supports The Laws Of Nature Rather Than Miracles?

INTRODUCTION In our last blog, we said that one of the most significant obstacles for some people to overcome is the fact that Christianity is a religion of miracles. The idea of miracles and the supernatural are a little hard to swallow for some people. Why is that? The Enlightenment and Newtonian physics caused a reexamination of views that had … Read More

Miracles (Part 1): Was Spinoza Correct In Presupposing That The Laws Of Nature Were Immutable And Miracles Were Impossible?

REVIEW Five Reasons To Believe In God In presenting these arguments, Christians bore the burden of proof or evidence. Four Objections Answered In each of these objections, atheists must bear the burden of proof because these are their reasons for saying that God does not exist. Now we will address a fifth objection that is commonly raised: the alleged impossibility … Read More

Exclusivity: How Can You Legitimately Claim That Jesus Is The Only Way To God?

REVIEW We’ve presented five arguments for the existence of God and answered atheism’s objections about suffering in the world, God’s origin and his hiddenness. As Christians, we’ve already borne the burden of proof in presenting five arguments for God. In raising their objection about Jesus’ claim to exclusivity, it is atheism’s turn to bear the burden of proof and make … Read More

Burden Of Proof: How To Avoid The Unpleasant Task Of Presenting Evidence For “Atheism” — Should We Re-define It?

INTRODUCTION When we listen to debates on the internet, this is exactly what many of them are like. Sometimes the excuse is “You can’t prove a negative.” Sometimes they claim that “Since we don’t want to present any evidence for atheism, let’s just make atheism the default assumption.” Well, that would certainly be convenient for atheists. How about the recent … Read More

God’s “Hiddenness”: If God Exists, Why Doesn’t He Make It More Obvious And End Unbelief In The World?

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED SO FAR: GOD EXISTS We now want to address a third objection that atheists raise concerning “God’s hiddenness.” Keep in mind that agnosticism merely says “we don’t know,” but atheism makes the claim “we know that God does not exist.” As they explain why this alleged “hiddenness” is a defeater of the arguments we’ve presented, we would … Read More

Suffering (Part 3) – The IMPROBABILITY Argument: “It’s Highly Improbable That God And Suffering Can Coexist”

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE IMPOSSIBILITY ARGUMENT? In our last blog, we explored the “impossibility argument,” or what philosophers call “the logical problem of evil” and concluded it was false. It’s entirely possible for for an all-powerful and all-loving God to coexist with suffering. This has caused most atheists to fall back to the improbability argument: “It is highly improbable that … Read More

Suffering (Part 2) – The IMPOSSIBILITY Argument: “It’s Impossible For God And Suffering To Coexist”

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE THE IMPOSSIBILITY ARGUMENT? Philosophers call this the “logical problem of evil,” but we will simply call it the “impossibility argument.” “How impossible is it for God and suffering to coexist?” you might ask. Atheists who believe this argument would say, “It will happen when pigs fly.” If we examine both statements, there is no apparent contradiction … Read More

Suffering (Part 1): The Emotional Problem of Suffering

ATHEIST PHILOSOPHER DAVID HUME “CAN ANYONE POSSIBLY KNOW THE DEPTH OF SORROW THAT I FEEL?” A little boy weeps bitterly in heaving sobs at the bedside of his mother who has just passed away. How do we console him? A talented young person is stricken by a terrible accident, suffers and finally dies. What comfort can we possibly provide to … Read More