ATHEISM AND AGNOSTICISM

Atheism is the belief that it can be proven that God does not exist. Agnosticism, on the other hand, is the belief that man cannot know whether or not God exists. It is possible to hold weaker forms of either view. However, this chapter is only concerned with refuting the more dogmatic forms of atheism and agnosticism. Only the stronger forms, if proven, would defeat theism. The weaker forms leave open the possibility of theism. However, both atheism and agnosticism, in their strongest forms, are self-refuting.

In order for one to disprove God’s existence (atheism), he would have to be all-knowing. One would need to have the ability to see and know all things in the physical and spiritual realms. In short, one would have to be God to disprove God’s existence. Of course, this is absurd.

Agnosticism is also self-defeating. One must know something about God to know that nothing can be known about God. Obviously, this statement refutes itself. Therefore, agnosticism, like atheism, is a self-refuting view.  Many agnostics say that since man is finite (limited), he can never attain knowledge of an infinite (unlimited) Being. It is true that the finite cannot find the infinite on its own. However, this ignores the possibility that the infinite Being may choose to reveal Himself to finite beings. This is exactly what Christianity claims. The Bible teaches that God reveals Himself through both nature (Romans 1:18-22; Psalms 19:1) and the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

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Question #1: "Can Atheism Explain the Existence of our Universe?"

(pt.2) In this second installment of our new miniseries, "GOD: The Best Explanation?", we begin to investigate whether a personal Creator God might or might not be a good explanation of the features we observe about our universe and reality in general.

In this video we will take a look at Feature #1 that needs to be explained by any good worldview: the existence of the universe. Why is there anything rather than nothing? What is the best explanation for this fact of existence - Atheistic Naturalism? That the universe caused itself? Perhaps it is unexplained?

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Why Is Richard Dawkins So Popular?

"Richard Dawkins: A Simplistic and Silly Skeptic"

- Part 3 - 

(pt.3 of 3)

Contrary to the common opinions of his devotees, Richard Dawkins is very unsophisticated and uninformed in his thinking.  Most notable in his lack of understanding of good rigorous philosophical reasoning.

Here, numerous philosophers offers some powerful and simple refutations to the silly claims that are made by the famouse British Biologist, in his recent book "The God Delusion".  What Dawkins claims is "his best knockdown argument" is actually a philosophical error and very incoherent.

Don't take my word for it.  Listen to Dr. William Lane Craig, one of the greatest Phd philosophers in the world today and his critiques the simplistic thinking of Dawkins and his intellectual devotees. 

It you are an atheist/agnostic because of what you have "learned" from men like Dawkins, I strongly encourage you to do some more rigorous research and investigation into the issues, and the fundamental questions of humanity.  

A great place to start this intellectual quest is www.reasonablefaith.org

Christianity beats Atheism?!?

Is Christianity rationally and evidentially superior to all other Worldviews?

(pt.3 of 3) 

This is Lesson #2 in our video class on foundational Christian Apologetics, entitled 

"The War of the Worldviews"

.  Here I begin to cover what a worldview is, what the seven major worldviews are, and how each of them compares to Christian Theism in terms of their logical consistency and evidential strength.  

In today's culture of Pluralism (many roads to God), Syncretism (the combining of many different religions/philosophies into one), and Relativism (all truths are subjective and not absolute), having a solid understanding of worldviews in general, and of the Christian worldview in particular, is absolutely vital.

As one man said, Christians need to start thinking "Worldview-ishly" as we share our faith and live out our beliefs in public.  I hope this teaching is of benefit to you, and that you can grow of your understanding in this very important area of our thinking.  

Here is a wonderful book by Dr. Norman Geisler if you want to study deeper in this area of your thinking and faith: 

"Worlds Apart: A Handbook On Worldviews".  It can be found 

HERE

 on Amazon. 

Have an Intelligent Faith!

- Pastor J.

Pt.2 - "Richard Dawkins: A Simplistic and Silly Skeptic"

What do Professional Philosophers have to say about Richard Dawkins' objections to God?

Contrary to the common opinions of his devotees, Richard Dawkins is very unsophisticated and uninformed in his thinking.  Most notable in his lack of understanding of good rigorous philosophical reasoning.

Here, numerous philosophers offers some powerful and simple refutations to the silly claims that are made by the famouse British Biologist, in his recent book "The God Delusion".  What Dawkins claims is "his best knockdown argument" is actually a philosophical error and very incoherent.

Don't take my word for it.  Listen to these Phd philosophers and their critiques of Dawkins simplistic and silly thinking. 

It you are an atheist/agnostic because of what you have "learned" from men like Dawkins, I strongly encourage you to do some more rigorous research and investigation into the issues, and the fundamental questions of humanity.  

A great place to start this intellectual quest is

www.reasonablefaith.org

Pt.2 - "War of the Worldviews" with Pastor J.

Can you explain the differences between Christianity and the 6 other major Worldviews?

(pt.2 of 3) 

This is Lesson #2 in our video class on foundational Christian Apologetics, entitled 

"The War of the Worldviews" .  Here I begin to cover what a worldview is, what the seven major worldviews are, and how each of them compares to Christian Theism in terms of their logical consistency and evidential strength. In today's culture of Pluralism (many roads to God), Syncretism (the combining of many different religions/philosophies into one), and Relativism (all truths are subjective and not absolute), having a solid understanding of worldviews in general, and of the Christian worldview in particular, is absolutely vital.

As one man said, Christians need to start thinking "Worldview-ishly" as we share our faith and live out our beliefs in public.  I hope this teaching is of benefit to you, and that you can grow of your understanding in this very important area of our thinking.  

Here is a wonderful book by Dr. Norman Geisler if you want to study deeper in this area of your thinking and faith: 

"Worlds Apart: A Handbook On Worldviews"

.  It can be found 

HERE

 on Amazon. 

Have an Intelligent Faith!

- Pastor J.

Reservations about Returning to Christian Belief

Hi Dr. Craig. I would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication and wanted to let you know that your work has certainly nudged me into investigating more deeply a faith I had once held, took for granted and am now trying to rediscover. My biggest hurdles are twofold:
First, from a philosophical perspective I know that the multiplicity of religious belief systems does not necessarily negate the truth of one or indeed provide for any logical inference to the non-existence of God. However I do find it at times rather unnerving when I see and experience the way followers of other faiths like Buddhism, Hinduism and even Islam seem to achieve the same sense of peace and authenticity I have come to associate with my own experience of Christianity in my own life and the lives of people I meet. It does tend to make me think that we might conclude, if not that God does/does not exist, that the christian path might not be the exclusive route to a real knowledge of God. The niggling thought does occur to me that perhaps one religion is just as good as another as far as God is concerned. Wouldn't it be the case that if God intended for Christianity to be true that other faiths would fail where ours succeeds? My observations tend to indicate that this isn't the case.
Secondly, from a theological perspective; I find it hard to explain myself when pressed by skeptics on the God of the Old Testament. I understand there are a variety of interpretations afforded on the, at times, shocking depictions of the Old Testament God and I've read a work recommended in one of your talks 'Is God a Moral Monster?' by Paul Copan, but it seems that any time I come to explain myself on these matters it is dismissed as simply that 'explaining away' via a convenient interpretation afforded by the inherent vagaries of language and on one occasion was demonstrated how similar literary interpretative exercises could be performed n obviously abhorrent texts like Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' to make it seem as though it had moral viability.
I know this might be a lot to take in but I would really appreciate your patience and wisdom.
Thank you
Jon
Malta


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RICHARD DAWKINS says that he is NOT AN ATHEIST, but rather an AGNOSTIC who believes GOD may exist

"In an informal dialogue with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Dawkins surprised his audience by disclaiming the title of "atheist" -- as in World's Most Famous Atheist, as he's been universally known up till now -- in favor of "agnostic." This prompted one Christian email correspondent of ours to speculate longingly on whether Dawkins could emerge as a sort of latter-day St. Paul, eventually seeing the light and embracing religious belief.
Don't hold your breath on that one, though Dawkins's listeners were undestandably startled at his backing away from "atheism" in favor of the more modest descriptor, "agnosticism." He explained that he can't know with certainty that God doesn't exist but on a scale of 1 to 7, (with a nervous laugh) he rates himself a 6.9.
Well, that would work out to 98.57 percent confidence. I happen to have a ten-sided dice handy -- used in a game I play with my 10-year-old son -- with which, by rolling twice, you can conveniently generate random numbers between 1 and 100. Let's see how long it takes me to beat the odds against God.
You are witnessing a real-time scientific trial. (And they say intelligent-design advocates don't do those!) Here we go: 68, 10, 27, 40, 64, 36, 77, 96, and...99.
That took 9 attempts and about 30 seconds. Dawkins said, "I think the probability of a supernatural creator existing is very very low." Yet even at 98.57 percent, the odds were not that bad. I would be somewhat reluctant to bet a hundred bucks on that basis. If I were Richard Dawkins it sure does seem like, rather than continue a campaign of mockery against religion, the better-advised course would be to continue on my course of enhanced modesty and just be quiet."
This was reposted from evolutionviews.org   Check them out for great stuff on Intelligent Design evidence.
God bless you all!  Have an Intelligent Faith!
- Pastor J.