Heaven

It’s often claimed that there’s no sorrow in heaven. Every tear will be dried, etc. But if this is true, it has at least one implication that starkly contradicts a belief that’s a central pillar of the Christian narrative. When we talk about the existence of suffering in the context of the problem of evil, … Continue reading Heaven

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Argument From Personal Experience 

When surveying the howling wilderness of religious epistemology, it’s hard to miss the Argument from Personal Experience as a conspicuous monument to its shortcomings. In its essential form, it’s simply the assertion that the subjective certainty felt by a person regarding an experience they had means that they’re right about some claim they’re making. Whether … Continue reading Argument From Personal Experience 

Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia

In the latter half of my Christian life, my circles shifted farther and farther charismatic. I was always a Biblical literalist, but the crazy dial was set relatively low, or at least as low as it can be for a young earth creationist. After years of practicing fairly conservatively, my friends and family embraced things … Continue reading Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia

Argument From Biblical Confusion

There are probably as many versions of Christianity as there are Christians. And when it comes to interpreting the Bible, Christians have endless disagreements about what it says. These disagreements can range from trivial to key issues that define who god is, what he wants from us, and who goes to heaven and who doesn’t. … Continue reading Argument From Biblical Confusion

Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN)

The discovery of evolution by natural selection arguably did more to reinforce naturalism than any other single discovery in science. God was out of a job in a serious way because up until that point, most people believed that there was no way to naturalistically explain the diversity and complexity of biological life. The philosopher … Continue reading Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN)

Western Values Are Based on Judeo-Christian Values

More and more I hear the claim that western civilization is based on Judeo-Christian values. There are a few possible claims a believer could be making when arguing about western values and Judeo-Christian values. They could merely be making historical claims that Christians and Christian institutions played pivotal roles in the historical development of Europe. … Continue reading Western Values Are Based on Judeo-Christian Values

Science vs. The Soul

Do we have an immaterial soul or are we just electrified meat? Most arguments from consciousness advocate one form or another of dualism, which is basically the position that the mind is more than or separate from the biological activity of the brain. The vast majority of Christians are substance dualists, and the vast majority … Continue reading Science vs. The Soul