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Debating Atheists: Introduction (part 1/5)

On November 27, 2016, I debated a local atheist leader, retired podiatrist Dr. Gil Shapiro, the spokesperson of Freethought Arizona (video here). I’ve blogged on general post-debate thoughts here but now will cover a series of five consecutive blog posts covering each [Read More]

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5 Quick Points on the Abortion Debate

1. The issue of abortion can be a psychologically complex issue, but it doesn’t follow from this that it is a morally complex issue: it’s wrong to take the life of an innocent human being without proper justification. 2. One [Read More]

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Why God Is Above The Law

“No one is above the law.” So the popular saying goes, and no truer thing was ever said in a mere six words. This thought, and our Western system of justice which sprang from it, stands as a testament, and [Read More]

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Can Morality Be Grounded Without God?

Christians acknowledge that atheists can be moral. In fact, many are fine, upstanding, “good” people. What atheists cannot do is validly ground their morality. Without a source of truth from a divine source – a transcendent source – at best [Read More]

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Considering Old Testament Times

My last few posts on the issue of slavery in the Bible brought some vigorous push-back. One line of challenge came in the form of this question: “Are you indicating slavery, as practiced in the 1st Century Mediterranean, was (is?) [Read More]

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Why God is Necessary for Morality

“No,” my friend insisted, “Morality is just a social construct. It’s a product of ‘group-think,’ a way for the herd to govern itself. It’s just part of the way the mind works, and like the mind, it evolves with the [Read More]

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Why God Is More Than a Power Source

“Oh, I believe in God,” my friend said. “But not the kind of God you’re thinking about. God is just an energy force, like in Star Wars maybe, the stuff that holds the universe together or that powers it. But [Read More]

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Does The Bible Provide Objective Morality?

My last post discussed the proof of God’s existence from the existence of morality. This led to a discussion regarding whether Christianity can actually provide “objective” morals. The challenger quoted Exodus 21, regarding the treatment of slaves and slave-owners to [Read More]

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Reflections on the Argument From Morality

In my last post, I reflected on the significance of truths which are unchanging – timeless truths, they’re sometimes called. I concluded that only a “timeless” eternal mind was a sufficient explanation to make sense of the fact that some [Read More]

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