God, Evil, and the Rules of Logic

Dr. Craig,

I love your work and all that you do! I believe you are one of the chief defenders of our faith today. I am a missionary about to begin living in England and am preparing myself for the questions I may be asked.

As a mental exercise I like to ask myself questions about my faith that I feel may one day be asked by an atheist or agnostic. I sometimes run down a rabbit trail of thought that I myself cannot come up with a satisfactory answer. Today, I bring you one of those rabbit trails. In your discussions on the problem of evil you often argue that a world of beings with free-will that choose to follow God and negate all suffering may not be "feasible" for God to create. Although, it does seem logically impossible to create a being that is free but only chooses the correct path, it occurs to me that God himself created logic. Why should he be subject to the rules of logic? Can God not do anything? As far as I understand God created all things that exist. He is the ultimate entity. Thus, can he not create a free being that follows him no matter what? Sure, to my human understanding that is impossible. But with God all things are possible. Could he not have created a world where freedom of choice and ultimate happiness co-exist?

This is a question that keeps me up at night. God himself created reason and logic. Why is he subservient to it? Am I missing something here? I hope you can take the time to respond to this question that currently plagues me. Either way, thank you for all that you do and I pray that you know you have made a great difference in many lives!

Dylan

 

United States


Click HERE to read Dr. Craig's answer

5 Reasons Why "Naturalism" Fails as a Worldview

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As we discuss in this episode of "Intelligent Faith Radio" the worldview of Naturalism is fraught with intellectual problems and contradictions, and is a completely bankrupt and inconsistent view of reality.  Be sure to take note of the 5 ways in which Naturalism fails, and use it in your conversations and discussions about the Christian worldview.

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A Powerful Apologetic Method: ABDUCTIVE Reasoning!

"What in the world is 'Abductive Reasoing'?" Well, abductive reasoning is employed by crime scene detectives, car mechanics, and your medical doctor.  Abductive reasoning is when you look at all the known facts, and seek to form the best explanation to explain the data.  Abductive reasoning seeks to find the "inference to the best explanation" for the known facts.   

This is a vital way of thinking and investigating that all serious Christians should be engaged in....

 - Pastor J. 

Is LOGIC important, as we defend the Christian Worldview? - Dr. Norman Geisler

Why should Logic be a subject of interest to Christians?

As you will hear from Dr. Norman Geisler, logic is fundamental to all we think about intellectually as Christians.  Logic, being the rules for right thinking, flows from the very being of GOD Himself, and is "hardwired" into the fabric of our Reality.

The only way to try and "disprove" the importance or reality of the Laws of Logic, is to use them in doing so.  There is no "getting behind" these laws of thinking, since they are basic and self-evident in our experience as human beings.

If you have never studied the Laws of Logic, I would highly encourage you to do so, since they are very helpful as we discuss and defend our Worldview to those around us.  Here are some major examples of the Laws of Logic:

  1. Law of Identity:  (A is A) Something is what it is.  Something that exists has a specific nature.
  2. Law of Non-Contradiction:  (A is not A and -A) Something cannot be itself and not itself at the same time, in the same way, and in the same sense.
  3. Law of Excluded Middle:  (Either A or -A) A statement is either true or false.  Thus, the statement, "A statement is either true or false," is either true or false.

For an interesting article on the Laws of Logic and how Atheism/Naturalism CANNOT rationally account for them click HERE for an article by Dr. Matt Slick at www.carm.org

- Pastor J.