Don Johnson and Naturalism

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Interesting story…

Lausten, a frequent visitor of this blog recently sent me a link to an article that discussed Methodological and Philosophical Naturalism.

Earlier this week I had a chance to meet Don Johnson who runs a fairly popular apologetics podcast that I had been following for some time. The conversation quickly spanned a number of popular topics that we both discuss often with atheists. At some point I made mention of Lausten’s article and emailed it to Don later in the ...

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The Generic God

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Simply put, the Generic God concept is the idea that even if all known religions are wrong a god could still exist.

So a god could still exist even if people in history who claim to have dreamed dreams or seen visions or talked to angels or received divine messages were all either mistaken/self-deceived, or lied or were themselves stories made up by future generations.

A god might have created the universe and might still interact in some way with ...

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Slavery in the Bible

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There are several texts in the Bible, like the one below, that seem to be in favor of slavery.

“However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people ...

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Atheist Filibusters

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One popular method of fallacious argumentation is to attempt to overwhelm the opposition through the sheer number of arguments presented.

– You are wrong because of X, Y, Z.
– Ok, well, the answer to X is…
– No, that’s nowhere near good enough since you did not address Y and Z and there are also arguments A, B, C, D, E, F… plus an enormous stack of other arguments I don’t even have time to mention.

The problem here is twofold:

First, ...

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To Prove God Exists

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I want to take a few minutes to address the question of whether it is the purpose of this website to prove God exists.

Generally, in a discussion, if two people have opposing views on any topic it is assumed that at the start the balance is roughly 50/50 and, as the arguments are presented, the balance will end up leaning more towards one side or the other.

When it comes to the conversation between theists and atheists however that is seldom ...

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Have Supernatural Claims Been Proven False?

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This is a comment someone left for me on a public discussion forum:

 

“…you can test supernatural claims.

One such claim is that God intervenes in the course of an illness if people pray for the sick person. If he actually did, that would be a supernatural phenomena.

So you get two groups of sick people and you have half of them prayed for… specifically for a speedy recovery and no complications.

You don’t tell ...

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How to Debate the Amalekite Genocide

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I have written several posts so far regarding the Amalekite genocide debate on the Reasonable Doubts blog. In this article I will try to summarize everything and come to a conclusion. My intention in writing about this is not primarily to engage in the debate but to outline a process for addressing this topic fairly.

I want to start with the assumption that both parties in the debate are sincerely looking to grow in understanding rather than just come out on ...

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The Imprecatory Psalms

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I’ve written several posts on here in response to an ongoing conversation on the Reasonable Doubts blog about God’s command to destroy the Amalekites in the Old Testament. On one of the podcasts there is a brief section about the Imprecatory or Cursing Psalms. The podcast was describing how a Christian author interpreted those psalms and then further extended that interpretation as an example of how to deal with the Amalekite issue as well. The explanation was unnecessarily complex in ...

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How Atheists Should Read the Bible

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So you are convinced that God doesn’t exist and that the Bible is simply a collection of fairytales. But you would like to know more about the Bible so you can debate Christians more effectively. In most cases you will probably start by reading through the bible looking for contradictions and inaccuracies.

Fine. But if you’re done with that and would like to try something new you might consider another approach. You know the old proverb about how you shouldn’t judge ...

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So Many Interpretations of the Bible

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Atheists often point to the many interpretations of the Bible that can be found among Christian denominations as evidence that the Bible itself is unclear/ contradictory/ confusing and therefore could not trusted.

The thing to keep in mind however is that very few Christian denominations actually base their beliefs directly on the Bible. For example:

a) Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches – These two denominations together comprise more than half of all Christians in the world. And, although there are some variations ...

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