Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 5), My Meeting with Bart Campolo (continued)

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In my prior post I told how well-known Humanist Bart Campolo pressed me on the question of how a nonChristian spouse could live with the indignity of being thought “worthy of hell” by a Christian spouse. I have to admit, I’d never thought of the situation that way before. I said to Bart that I personally wouldn’t be insulted if …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 4), My Meeting with Bart Campolo

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This is the fourth installment in my series on Secular Humanism (or simply Humanism), inside the larger series of “Notepad Apologetics.” My prior post offered four critiques of Humanism. Theorizing about these matters is one thing but live interaction with a true Humanist is another. I met well-known Humanist Bart Campolo recently at the University of Cincinnati, where he serves as …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 2), My Responses

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In my prior post, I asked how Christians should respond to the claim of Secular Humanism, embedded in the title of the popular book, Good Without God, by Harvard/MIT Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein. In the book Epstein names some famous figures who he claims were fellow Humanists, including Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Jean-Paul Sartre, and John Lennon. What they all …

Responding to Objections 6: “Couldn’t this be explained by . . . “

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  Are miracles possible? No, according to an atheist acquaintance of mine. Here’s why: 1. Miracles are not repeatable events. Therefore they are not scientific. 2. For any supposed miracle, there is always, always a natural explanation, even if we don’t know what it is (yet). 3. Eye-witnesses who believe they’ve seen a miracle are always gullible, mistaken, sometimes even …

Responding to Objections 5: “Couldn’t this be explained by . . . “

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From my last post: Why think theism (belief in God) is a better explanation for the world than naturalism (athiesm)? Here’s one reason. Naturalism struggles to explain the more subjective parts of life, such as consciousness, ethics, art, intention and other mental states. Two atheist philosophers illustrate the point: Thomas Nagel acknowledges the difficulty of explaining the rise of human consciousness …

Responding to Objections 4: “Couldn’t this be explained by . . .”

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In my prior post I mentioned that for many skeptics of religion, the starting point for all inquiry is naturalism. Nature is all there is. There is no God or gods or spiritual realm. And further: all events have a natural explanation , or at least potentially so. Ghosts, magic, miracles, voodoo, etc. — all will be debunked, now or in the future. …

Responding to Objections 3: “Couldn’t this be explained by . . .”

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There’s a famous essay in the philosophy of religion called The Presumption of Atheism, by the late Antony Flew. Flew spent the second half of the 20th century defending the worldview of naturalism before changing his mind, late in life, to believing in a Creator/Designer. The point of Flew’s essay is that atheism (naturalism) is the default position all reasonable persons should adopt, …