Free will, determinism, or something in between?

For the religious adherent, whether we are agents created by the Almighty to freely act according to our desires, or we are under His divine direction will depend on your theology.  A case could be made either way I suppose.  I think the Atheist has a more difficult time reconciling the … [Read more...]

Can the Bible be impeached solely because it’s religious?

'I can understand the frustration of the skeptic when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions by merely citing the Bible with no quantification.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as does the Christian?  … [Read more...]

Check your Darwinian assumptions

Commonly held presumptions about what constitutes evidence for evolution as a viable explanation for the bio-diversity we see will have to be rethought.  All too often, defenders of the evolutionary process point to what they consider examples of homology, or the science of things kinda looking like … [Read more...]

ZQTX Q&A

A semi-regular commenter, ZQTX, wondered aloud what "the precise point where you accept and do not accept the science".  I think it's a bit loaded, but asked in good faith nonetheless.  He provided a sample list of questions which I'll answer here.  It's not likely to interest many other readers, … [Read more...]

If the mind and brain are not identical, Naturalism is false

In order for Naturalism to be true, there can not exist any non-physical phenomena.  The differentiation between the mind and brain demonstrates -- clearly, I think -- that Naturalism cannot be true.  One example I believe is most compelling is that I am not physically identical to who I was even … [Read more...]

Morality: Social compact or discovered truth?

The subject of morality is always a contentious subject among those who debate it.  Understandably, no one likes it very much when those with differing views on what is or isn’t moral is seen as trying to force 'their version' of morality on you or society as a whole.  Whether a person or a group’s … [Read more...]

Why don’t Atheists believe in the resurrection?

Atheists, or more specifically Naturalists, by and large will not accept that Jesus rose from the dead.  Dead people don't just come back to life!  Add to that the seeming lack of sufficient evidence makes this fantastic claim all the more unbelievable, right?  Testimony isn't enough to believe such … [Read more...]

Why conclude Atheism?

It has always been a curiosity to me at how wedded to the label Atheist some Atheists are.  What I mean is, the large majority of self-described Atheists I've interacted with are actually agnostic by definition.  In fact, often they are vehemently opposed to being described as an Agnostic even … [Read more...]

What can I say?

Every once in a while I hit a wall.  Now is one of those times.  I'm finding little inspiration for topics.  You'd think with all that's in the news, there'd be plenty for me opine on.  But alas, I'm dry. I'm looking for ideas for topics, or particular issues about which to write.  So help a guy … [Read more...]

The morality of Atheism

The debate over morality between Atheists and Theists is forever ongoing. I think Atheists mistakenly believe Theists claim they can't act in a moral manner, but this isn't the issue.  Most Atheists, in my experience, are relatively honest, caring people with genuine concern for their fellow man. … [Read more...]

The mind is not identical to the brain, therefore materialistic naturalism is false

In order to avoid the reality of substance dualism some Atheists make the claim that the mind merely describes the functions of the brain, that there is no fundamental difference between the two.  I've been told the mind can be equated to chemical reactions that are governed by very physicalistic … [Read more...]

What if God did heal an amputee, what then?

This is a common objection among internet Atheists.  It seems like they believe this one challenge to Christians really backs them into a corner.  Does God just not care about amputees?  If God existed He would heal amputees, or even one amputee.  None are healed, therefore God most likely doesn’t … [Read more...]

Should God prevent evil in the world?

Skeptics often cite some circumstance in the world to argue that God doesn’t, or likely doesn’t exist.  Excessive poverty, hunger, and other evils are among the top complaints.  They seem to think that God should provide solutions with no explanation of where this ideal comes from, it certainly … [Read more...]

Atheism provides an emotional crutch too

Christianity (and religious belief generally) is sometimes criticized for being nothing more than an emotional crutch of some sort by its critics.  Its adherents find solace in knowing an eternal reward is awaiting them for their faithful devotion and evil doers are punished.  There is something … [Read more...]

Morality in nature is animalism, not morality

The tendency for advocates of same-sex marriage to sometimes point to some species in the animal kingdom that engages in same-sex sexual relations has always struck me as suspiciously selective.  They offer this observation in an effort to justify homosexual desires and behaviors as a natural -- and … [Read more...]

Cruel Logic — The real consequence of a Godless morality

When discussing the origins of morality, most Atheists are willing to offer evolution as a viable option.  However, I believe it is obvious that the evolutionary process could not have produced moral imparitives.  If there is no afterlife, we should eat, drink, and be merry — for tomorrow we die. … [Read more...]

The standards of Atheism

Is it reasonable for Atheists to require a standard of evidence or proof from Theists for the existence of God (or veracity of Christianity) to reach the level of undeniability?  The more time I spend on the internet the more I find Atheists assign a threshold of evidence for God that they give … [Read more...]

Thank God for hell

For all the protest from Atheists that a place such as an eternal hell exists, has it occurred to them that hell serves a good? It brings justice to those who commit evil. Is that really a bad thing since I don't think I've heard anyone complain that murderers, rapists, and child molesters might be … [Read more...]

Where the soul is

Have you ever wondered where in the human body our soul is located?  Not me.  Not until someone asked.  Maybe because it doesn't sound like the right kind of question, like asking how much the color blue weighs.  Someone asked "how does God attach the soul to the fetus, and when does He do … [Read more...]

Atheists and the dead man

I don't know how many people are familiar with the story of the man who thinks he's dead and cannot be convinced otherwise. Here's a short version of this:   A man is convinced he is dead. His wife and kids are exasperated. They keep telling him he's not dead. But he continues to insist he's … [Read more...]