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Lord, Liar, Lunatic Trilemma: How the Accounts Prove the “Legend” Answer Fails, Too

Lord, Liar, Lunatic Trilemma: How the Accounts Prove the “Legend” Answer Fails, Too

I could use your help with a presentation I’m preparing. Read on to find out how. C. S. Lewis popularized what’s come to be known as the Lord, Liar, Lunatic trilemma: it’s impossible to look at the accounts of Jesus and think he was a great moral teacher but not God. The famous passage in Mere Christianity reads: I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus…

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Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Edward Feser recently posted a “Note on Falsification,” beginning, Antony Flew’s famous 1950 article “Theology and Falsification” posed what came to be known as the ‘falsificationist challenge’ to theology.  A claim is falsifiable when it is empirically testable — that is to say, when it makes predictions about what will be observed under such-and-such circumstances such that, if the predictions don’t pan out, the claim is thereby shown to be false.  The idea that a genuinely scientific claim must be falsifiable…

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Another Reader Wonders: Does the Success of Science Tell Us There’s No God?

Another Reader Wonders: Does the Success of Science Tell Us There’s No God?

A reader emailed me this week with a couple of questions about methodological naturalism and burden of proof. He told me it would be fine if I posted his questions and my answers here. The questions start out very promising; I’m not used to being called “professor.” (I’m all too accustomed to being called other things.) The first question has to do with a principle often spoken in science: Act as if there is no God interfering with your experiments and…

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Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review: God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence For a Divinely Created Universe Crime Scenes If this book is about a “crime scene,” I have two additional charges to file. One is against myself. J. Warner Wallace sent this book to me months ago, and I haven’t been able to read and review it until now. I’m criminally late. One is against the author. He’s criminally competent. I like to think of myself as a fairly capable…

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Atheists: What Does Your Worldview Explain Better Than Christianity?

Atheists: What Does Your Worldview Explain Better Than Christianity?

I have a question for atheists. What does your worldview explain better than Christianity? Notice that I asked, “what does your worldview explain better than Christianity?” I know you don’t think atheism is a belief system. I think you have a worldview regardless, and whatever else may be true of your worldview, if you’re an atheist, it’s probably something like an atheistic worldview. By “Christianity,” I mean historic, creedal Christianity, as reflected in the most basic statements of belief: the…

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Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Book Review How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story by David Marshall. (Full disclosure: David Marshall is a friend and a contributor to True Reason, in which he wrote an early, brief form of part of the argument in How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test. This review is based on a draft David sent me before final editing, so I will not be quoting much from it.) In the earliest days of the church there was a skeptic named…

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Evidence for God: Humanness and Personal Identity

Evidence for God: Humanness and Personal Identity

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith Are you the same person you were when you were two years old? Not entirely: you’ve changed in many ways since then. But are you the same person? I heard someone recently ask it this way: were you ever two years old? Of course you were. Whatever the differences between the you of today and the two-year-old you, there is something about you that has endured across the years, to make…

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It Takes More Than False Facts To Rattle Christianity’s Confidence

It Takes More Than False Facts To Rattle Christianity’s Confidence

A few weeks ago Harry H. McCall posted this challenge on John Loftus’s blog: Explanations for Luke Breuer and David Marshall (or Any Christian Apologist) to Answer: A. Apart from myth and superstition, please name at least one scientific discovery the Bible has given humanity. B. Please explain how theology is a valid approach to logic, especially in making the world a better place. C. Based on medieval monasteries, please explain why books in these libraries were organized by monks…

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