Category Archives: Christianity

Cross Examination: Does God Have Free Will?

I’ve been thinking about God’s free will and omniscience over the last few weeks. This was prompted, as a good many discussions and thoughts are, by one of my commenters, boomSLANG, who also prompted an earlier post about omniscience and omnipotence.

Cross Examination: The Cosmological Argument

The cosmological argument is a classic philosophical argument for a First Cause to the universe, which is usually extended to be an argument for a god that created the universe. It has been used for centuries in many different ways. I’ve run across this argument several times in my Cross Examination investigation.

Cross Examination: Faith and Belief

Many of the disagreements that have arisen in the course of this Cross Examination series have come up either due to a lack of definition, or because of a difference in definition. For example, the difference between “absolute omnipotence” and “essential omnipotence” led some to make the statement that “God cannot be both omnipotent and omniscient,” a claim which I wrote about in a previous post.

From the Comments: God can’t be both omnipotent and omniscient

One of my most faithful commenters in my Christianity category, boomSLANG (which is apparently a small venomous snake native to sub-Saharan Africa), posted this comment in my recent post about the existence of a moral law:

Cross Examination: Is There a Moral Law?

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The existence of a moral law is something that I’ve pondered for quite a while, in many different contexts. On the one hand, you have the religious, who say that there is a moral law. On the other, you have moral relativists (and others) who say that morality is not fixed (or that it evolves).

Book Review: Don’t Check Your Brains At the Door

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I’m participating in a blog tour for the updated and revised version of Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler’s classic book, Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. Read further down, and I’ll tell you how to win a Kindle giveaway package worth $150 from the publisher, Thomas Nelson…

Cross Examination: The Will to Believe

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My Cross Examination series has led me to read some of the more recent popular books regarding atheism and Christianity. It seems like the popular books do not often have the evidence that I’m looking for, on either side of the debate, but they have pointed me towards some of the more fundamental, though more obscure, sources of the debate.

Religious Turing Test – Part 2

Last weekend, I encouraged you to take part in a religious Turing test, which was designed to see if atheists and Christians could imitate the others’ arguments well enough so that an observer could be fooled.

Religious Turing Test: You Vote!

In lieu of my Weekend Reading list, I bring you the Religious Turing Test edition. Leah Libresco, over at the blog “Unequally Yoked,” has posted the first segment of her Religious Turing Test. This is a fascinating study, and I’m really excited to read the results. In the first segment, she’s testing 15 different people, some atheists, and some Christians.

Book Review: Letter to a Christian Nation

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As promised, I began my book study in my “Cross Examination” series with the book, “Letter to a Christian Nation” by the famed atheist author, Sam Harris. It was a short read (less than a hundred pages), and it adequately (though unpersuasively) lays out the case against Christianity.