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Five Reasons In One We Can’t Judge God By Human Standards

Five Reasons In One We Can’t Judge God By Human Standards

Ebaur was wondering about why I set up one of the decision points in this chart the way I did, and asked yesterday, God doesn’t pass muster against human moral standards. I don’t understand why we should be required to only judge God’s actions by the standards God puts forward. If the consensus of most humans is that some action is morally objectionable and God does just that thing… then can’t we still conclude God is immoral? This is a…

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To Make the Charge Stick (Reading Paul Copan Together)

To Make the Charge Stick (Reading Paul Copan Together)

The first chapter of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster raised very little reaction. It won’t always be that way in this Reading Paul Copan series. I thought it might be helpful to do some advance work on what it would take to make the charge of God’s immorality stick. This flowchart presents a graphical view of what’s required to get there. This should be useful in two ways. First, it helps us to name in advance some of…

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Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the Old Testament God arrogant? Is he guilty of sinful pride? Nobody likes to hang around someone who’s haughty, arrogant, or overly aware that he or she is better than you. We…

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Reading Together: Is God a Moral Monster?

Reading Together: Is God a Moral Monster?

Today only(?) on Kindle: Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God  for only $2.99! A few weeks ago Keith suggested we read through this book together, and now, after a long hiatus due to travel, meetings, and conferences, I’m ready to kick off the discussion. It seems providential that this sale is on today–you can download your copy of the book and start reading. You can use your computer or smartphone to read it…

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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Is there a God? How would we know? Among atheists today there is a sizable subset who think that if God is real, he ought to be detectable through science. I can see the appeal in thinking that, since science tells us so much about the world. Even better, it has ways to adjudicate factual disputes, especially when it’s possible to employ very careful measurement and control of variables. Ironically, those are exactly the factors that make science a poor…

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Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is: Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that. When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods…

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Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Could atheism be anti-humanistic? Yesterday ScottinOH wrote a comment asking, among other things, about the love of God. He wrote, Jesus’s short-term self-sacrifice (and God the Father’s short-term sacrifice of His Son) is only laudable in the sense that a mob boss or an abuser “sacrifices” something in order to convince himself not to blow up a business or hit his wife. The whole game is about God’s/Jesus’s self-interest. Now in answer to that, I could ask Scott, “Do you…

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The God of the Gaps and the Baker of the Bagel Hole

The God of the Gaps and the Baker of the Bagel Hole

Here are a few quick responses to the “God of the Gaps” objection to Christian theism. The objection involves a few serious misconceptions, including: Thinking that the gaps are where God mostly works in nature (or thinking that’s what Christians think about God). That’s like saying your local baker’s chief product is bagel holes. Declaring “God of the gaps” to be a silly God argument, while future-science-of-the-gaps is just fine; for example, “We don’t know how rationality functions in the…

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Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

Growth in Being and In Power—In Jesus Christ

I've been reading David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God. I would recommend Hart to atheists the way I would recommend Hitchens to theists: both are (or were, sadly, in Hitchens' case) among the finest fitters of words in the contemporary literature concerning God. There is of course an enormous difference between the two authors, and thus in the way I would recommend them. They both know how to say things well, but Hart has the overwhelming advantage over Hitchens…

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