One of the objections I’ve run across in speaking with atheists is the idea that God cannot exist because he’s an unembodied mind. All of our experience dictates that persons cannot exist apart from bodies; if the God of traditional theism exists, he is both personal and an unembodied mind; hence, God cannot exist. So any arguments made from natural theology — the moral argument, cosmological arguments, design arguments — cannot get off the ground because they all point to an unembodied mind of some sort that does things or has certain purposes. But surely this is putting the cart in front of the horse. The fact is, arguments from natural theology are arguments that point to at least one unembodied mind. [Read more…]
Are Christian missionaries doing something wrong by trying to share their faith with others? I mean, they have to believe that they have some elite status with God. After all, they think that their faith has given some sort of audience with God, and those who do not hold to their particular view are mistaken and are failing to embrace something that is extremely important. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be handing you that tract or knocking on your front door on Saturday morning when you’re trying to watch College Gameday. For them to push their beliefs on someone has to be the apex of spiritually snobbery, no?
So what is the young and eager missionary to do, other than look for a new line of work? Well, she or he could stop believing that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” altogether, or they could just be agnostic about it, refusing to believe one way or the other. For the Bible-believing Christian, neither option is appealing. [Read more…]
Recently I saw a skeptical friend of mine share a slogan very similar to this one. It makes a very powerful point, reducing to the absurd any notion of getting morality out of the pages of the Bible. On one hand the Bible seems to be condemning a loving relationship between two members of the same-sex, while at the same time endorsing such a reprehensible act as kidnapping Africans and shipping them overseas as pieces of property. Surely we’re beyond such an antiquated and silly book by now, right?
Admittedly, Christendom does have some ugly skeletons in its closet. Historically, we know that some of the Puritans in North America engaged in such deplorable practices. And in the times of the Civil War, many southern “Christians” used the Bible to defend their right to own slaves. As Christians, we need to be honest and up front about this. But were these Christians drawing their morality from the Bible by kidnapping Africans and selling them as property? [Read more…]