Category Archive: Philosophy

Sep 28

Intention in Eden

I recently claimed that Adam and Eve were not morally culpable for disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. I’d like to explain why I think this a bit more. Imagine you are getting a soda from a dispensing machine. You put your money in, press the button for Pepsi, and retrieve your soda. Unknown to …

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Sep 23

Free Will and Evil

Christian apologist Stephen Bedard recently made the following claim as part of a broader discussion of evil and the existence of God: If God took away free will for doing evil, he would have to take away the free will to do good.  If we are not free to hate, we are not free to …

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Sep 21

Contra Genesis

The creation account in Genesis is quite obviously a confused myth. However, there are a very large number of people who still believe in its literal truth. Here are three short, simple arguments for those people.   1. Adam and Eve did not deserve their punishment. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded …

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Sep 19

Atheism and Evil: Part 2

In Part 1, you hopefully saw that atheism does not need to entail objective morality in order to coherently present the problem of evil. But we were still left with the major question of whether secular morality even makes sense. This is not simply a theistic claim; you will find plenty of atheists that agree. …

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Sep 12

Atheism and Evil: Part 1

Over the past weekend, an alliance of apologetics bloggers decided to tackle the problem of evil and suffering. These were specifically timed to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11; you can find a list of these articles here. I had hoped this group would provide something other than the normal amateurish turnabout, which says, “You …

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Sep 07

Lawless Events and Evidence for God


There is a very interesting post by Kenny Pearce on The Prosblogion called Lawless Events and the Existence of God. He gives two versions of an argument—one inductive and one deductive—for thinking that a God with the traditional attributes would create a world with few lawless events (or none). I’ll only quote Pearce’s inductive version …

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Aug 30

The Problem of Divine Hiddenness


I like to think of The Problem of Divine Hiddenness as atheism’s version of the Fermi Paradox. If God exists, where is he? If God is real and honestly wants me to come to know him, then he would give me the evidence I need to believe. Or, at the very least, he could have …

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Aug 14

Is Hell simply separation from God?

There is something called the Problem of Hell. It goes a bit like this:   1. Hell is a place of eternal punishment and torture. 2. God is all-loving and all-good. 3. A God that has these properties (from 2) would not send people to Hell. 4. Therefore, either Hell does not exist or God …

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Aug 12

What ethical system best describes God?

Ethical or moral systems can generally be described as consequentialist or non-consequentialist. Let’s consider a popular example to help define these terms – the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a trolley and you suddenly notice that your brakes have stopped working. But that is not your only problem. Just ahead are five workers …

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Jul 26

What makes a being great?

There is an argument I’ve floated in a few comment threads, but I thought it deserved a formal presentation. This argument, if correct, would show that our existence disproves a greatest possible being. It’s an ambitious claim, but here goes: 1. Given two options, a greatest possible being would only do the better thing in every given situation. 2. …

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