Reading Time: 3 minutes After my post debating fairness with Paul Hoffer, another Catholic commenter, Jim Dailey, stated this rather problematic claim: I think your argument falls apart where you presume that your idea of “fair” = God’s fairness. You are a parent. Do you think you are “unfair” to one of your children? The reason why this is so […]
Doubting the Lessons from Doubting Thomas: Responding to Dave Armstrong Again
Reading Time: 5 minutes I started off this debate the other day with a short piece about the unfairness of the distribution of evidence as exemplified by the Doubting Thomas episode in gJohn. Catholic Dave Armstrong replied, and I duly responded. I then finally found a comment in one of my threads, by Dave, that actually dealt with my […]
The Double Standards Involved with Doubting Thomas
Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s the thing – we often hear that God wouldn’t put a cross on the moon as overwhelming evidence for his existence because it is just too overwhelming and doesn’t give people the “choice” to believe. But this is thoroughly problematic, as I discussed in this video: Let me lay some of this out in […]
Can God Have a Sense of Humour?
Reading Time: < 1 minute In short, no. And I’m of the opinion that this invalidates claims to a meaningful personhood. The idea that we should come to love God in a holy union is therefore even more problematic. I talk about it here: Please like and subscribe to my YouTube channel because, maybe, one year in the far future, […]
Should Atheists Bring Children into the World? Should Christians Murder Their Babies?
Reading Time: 7 minutes These are the sorts of questions you should be discussing around the dinner table with your children of a Sunday afternoon… Jayman, a Christian commenter here on occasion, pushed back on a recent article I posted concerning William Lane Craig’s position on apostates. Craig on Terminating Would-Be Apostates Jayman tried to put the ball back […]
On God-Fearing Theists
Reading Time: < 1 minute This video is well worth a watch. I’ll leave it here for now and then write a post on it soon. The idea of having a loving relationship within a power-dynamic that involves such imbalance and fear is really problematic. H/T Katarina Persson for the video.
God’s Divine Foreknowledge, His Culpability and the Problem of Evil
Reading Time: 6 minutes God’s divine foreknowledge has recently raised its interesting head over the last few comment threads and I thought it would be interesting to return to the subject again. I’ll start with a quote from a commenter here, found on their Miscellanea Agnostica blog: The [reconciliation of “the problem of evil”] most apologists use is the […]
Not Seeing OmniGod through Philosophy and Logic: Creating Imperfectly
Reading Time: 3 minutes Introductory spiel: One of my more recent books, Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century (UK), has a plethora of gems in it for the reader and a smorgasbord of variety. It was a labour of love and was particularly rewarding due to the fact that so many great writers had been involved in the production of […]
God Hates His Own Designed Creations: Animals
Reading Time: 3 minutes God appears to really hate non-human animals. Which is an odd thing considering he designed and created them. We know that he hated animals because he pretty much told us so and acted with utmost contempt for their existence. Let me remind you of the famous case of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood (Genesis 6): […]
God’s Superfluity in Creating the Universe
Reading Time: 5 minutes “God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing – or should we say “seeing”? there are no tenses in God – the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the […]