Response to Lausten #132

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Hey Lausten,

I am not sure I completely understand your question but it is not sensible to go thorugh life completely ignoring or outright rulling out any possitive claims that we don’t have evidence for, especially when it comes to things still out of our reach. You are right that the positive claim is the one that requires proof; but we must also aknowledge our limitations. Consider a reverse of this:

1) Abiogenesis is a positive claim
2) We don’t have evidence ...

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RD Blog Post 4 – Free Will vs. Determinism

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I think I can agree with pretty much everything you’ve said.

First, the free will defense is a philosophical defense. i.e., it starts with the problem of whether a powerful/loving god would allow suffering and concludes that, postulating free will, it IS plausible to assume that such a god would allow suffering under certain circumstances. It takes free will for granted and does not attempt to prove it.

Next, let me just address a few points regarding the RD series on free ...

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RD Blog Post 3 – Proof For God

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Just FYI, I’ve always tried not to overstay my welcome whenever posting here. I like Reasonable Doubts and I don’t want them to start thinking of me as the religious guy hijacking or trying to proselytize on their blog. So I will respond to one or two more comments and then be on my way. If you do want to continue the conversation, you’re welcome to stop by my blog or I could come to your blog if you have ...

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RD Blog Post 2 – Discussion Problems

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In looking over all the comments it seems that I might be the only theist here so I think the forum could benefit from some thoughts from an opposing point of view. It’s not always best to hear only the opinion of those who already agree with you. I personally try to consume 4-5 times as much content put out by atheists than I do by other theists.

As already mentioned, I concur with most everyone else that the debate could ...

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RD Blog Post 1 – Free Will

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I finally had the chance to listen to the debate and decided to contribute my 2 cents. I have not yet read other people’s comments so I’m sorry if I’m repeating anything.

First, as a theist, I found this debate just as frustrating to listen to as every other similar debate I’ve ever heard. Both presenters spoke past each other and I cannot say there was any significant contribution to the overall understanding of the issues. Instead of bouncing around from ...

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A ‘Model’ of the Supernatural

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In a previous article called ‘The supernatural is a logical implication of Naturalism’ I introduced the idea of being able to create a virtual universe with intelligent entities in reference to which we as humans will be supernatural.

I want to elaborate a little further on this idea since I will be referencing it time and again in other articles. One of the biggest problems with discussions about the supernatural is that the supernatural is something we have no way of ...

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The Ultimate Resurrection

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Around the end of the first century A.D., when the Roman Empire was at the pinnacle of its power, the emperor decided to call a gathering of high officials from all the kingdoms under Rome’s control. The invitation was extended even to countries that were not directly under Rome’s authority.

On the chosen day thousands of officials from all over the civilized world made their way to Rome and met together within the Colosseum. The Emperor had arranged for a series ...

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The Problem of Suffering

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On numerous occasions I have listened to atheists present their list of arguments against God and, among these arguments, mention the problem of suffering as one of the more compelling and, as of yet unaddressed, arguments in their arsenal.

What I find juvenile in all this is that, although this is definitely a legitimate issue for theists, there are few questions that have received more attention throughout human history. Virtually every major world religion offers some type of explanation to this ...

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Personal Experience

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In this article, I simply want to define the phrase.

“Personal Experience” is often used as one of the lines of evidence presented by theists in support of the claim that a God exists. Now regardless of whether this line of evidence is legitimate or not, at this time I simply want to explain exactly what theists mean when they use that phrase. I will start by first explaining what we DON’T mean simply because it is in one of these ...

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