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, …

Responding to Objections 1: “Couldn’t this be explained by . . .”

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A common critique I hear from seekers and skeptics is that the design of the world, the miracles of Jesus and answered prayer can all be explained in natural terms. God not needed. Key response: Alternative explanations are not necessarily true. Take design, for example. Design refers to the idea that the world seems to exhibit amazing “purposive” order. The motions …

Love Your Atheist Neighbor Part 8: Secular Common Sense 1

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Atheists tend to be my crowd because they are forthright and not afraid or embarrassed to talk about religion. In fact, they usually have pretty strong feelings about religion. One common sentiment is that religion is just dumb. It’s dumb, they say, to believe in an invisible force that interacts very selectively with the world — that blesses Americans with jobs …

Love Your Atheist Neighbor Part 7: Science and Faith 2

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In my last post I noted that atheists tend to set faith and science against each other by characterizing faith as subjective and feelings-based, and the Bible and its miracle claims as issuing from a pre-scientific era prone to superstition and myth-making. Science, by contrast, is based on facts, on objective observation of repeatable phenomenon. It excludes the miraculous. My …