An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Originally published posthumouly in 1779, David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Theology sounded the death knell for natural theology. Natural theology was the attempt to discern the character and existence of God from creation alone, apart from revelation. Addressing arguments from the appearance of design in the world (a posteriori), what is now called the cosmological arguement (a priori), … Continue reading An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

Can someone who rejects God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture be consistently rational? Cornelius Van Til, a 20th century Christian apologist and theologian, frequently demonstrated the inherent irrationalism of all non-Biblical worldviews. One of his students, John Frame, has applied this insight to many of the major philosophical thinkers and movements of western … Continue reading The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

Unless You Believed in Vain

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul addresses false teaching in the Corinthian church and challenges the church on their doubt concerning the resurrection: “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (15:17). Yet, those who proffer this passage to substantiate the necessity of history for faith fail … Continue reading Unless You Believed in Vain

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Conclusion

Conclusion   Having examined the presuppositions of the FWD, namely incompatibilism and middle knowledge, we are now in a position to give a final evaluation of it as an answer to the logical problem of evil. To answer the logical Problem of Evil, the Free Will Defence must show that it is possible that God … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Conclusion

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2c: Objections: Scientia Media?

Objections: Scientia Media?   Since the early Church, theologians have suggested that there are two logical moments[118] of God’s omniscience. This doctrine guards God’s knowledge from being dependent on creation and guard’s against the idea that creation involves merely actualized pre-existing ideas—the idea that all possible creations exist co-eternally with God as ideas that await … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2c: Objections: Scientia Media?

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2b: Objections: Philosophical Objections to Free Will

Objections: Philosophical Objections to Free Will   Objection 1: Incompatibilism Results in Arbitrary Human Actions   Probably the most frequent argument made against Incompatibilism, and its greatest challenge, is the charge that it makes human actions arbitrary.[95]  Incompatibilists deny this, but compatibilist attempt to argue that it is a necessary consequence of their model of … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2b: Objections: Philosophical Objections to Free Will

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2a: Objections to the Free Will Defence – Scriptural

Part 2: Objections to the Free Will Defence Objections: Scriptural Objections to Free Will   Objection 1: God's Omniscience   In the latter half of the 20th century, controversy arose over the relationship between God’s foreknowledge and human freedom. Out of this controversy was born the heterodox idea of Open Theism. Open Theists realized that … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 2a: Objections to the Free Will Defence – Scriptural

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 1: the Form of the Arguments

Part 1: The Form of the Arguments Problem of Evil Since we are looking at the logical Problem, we will be looking at a logical argument. Many people state the Problem in an over simplified manner, such as; “If God exists, then there is no evil,” “there is evil,” therefore God does not exist.[17] The … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Part 1: the Form of the Arguments

Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Contents and Introduction

Contents   Post 2 - Part 1: The Form of the Arguments Problem of Evil The Free Will Defence   Post 3 - Part 2a: Objections to the Free Will Defence - Scriptural Objections: Scriptural Objections to Free Will Objection 1: God's Omniscience Objection 2: Verbal-Plenary Inspiration of Scripture Objection 3: God's Sovereign Providence, Perseverance, and Effectual … Continue reading Dangerous Assumptions: An Evaluation of the Free Will Defence to the Problem of Evil – Contents and Introduction

A Review of the Concept of God by Ronald Nash

Ronald Nash is one of my favourite apologists and philosophers; as such I always find his books to be intriguing reads. This books was actually not on my reading list for the summer, but I ended up wrestling with some of the issues it dealt with during my studies for the large project I am … Continue reading A Review of the Concept of God by Ronald Nash