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Science, Materialism, and Myth

Science, Materialism, and Myth

I'm about a quarter of the way through John N. Oswalt's very readable The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? I've just been stopped short with a question about the relation of science to myth, and whether philosophical materialism may itself be a form of myth. Now I recognize there are a number of problems with that question. The first is that materialism is often associated with a certain school of thinking among scientists, which could…

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If You Believe Atheism Is True, Then Atheism Is False

If You Believe Atheism Is True, Then Atheism Is False

Reddit visitors, thank you for coming. See my notes at the end of the original post here, after you’ve read the post, of course. I wrote briefly last night about Alex Rosenberg, the atheistic philosopher who ended his debate with William Lane Craig by admitting he believes that no thoughts are about anything. He meant exactly that. No thought is about anything. This may come as rather a shock to some readers. It’s strange. It’s really strange. One consequence of…

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Of Course Atheists Have Meaning and Value—Just No Good Way To Explain It

Of Course Atheists Have Meaning and Value—Just No Good Way To Explain It

Atheists often confuse Christians’ position on meaning and value. The typical version, as it comes from atheists’ mouth, is, “Christians say you don’t have meaning or value unless you believe in God. But that’s obviously false! I don’t believe in God, and I have no trouble finding meaning and value in my life.” This morning’s post is a comment that ran away from me. I was responding to Otto Telick’s comment last night, when I realized my response was suitable…

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Immaterialism Has Little To Fear

Immaterialism Has Little To Fear

The current Philosophia Christi (14:1) includes Michael Tooley's “strongest argument for materialism,” specifically the belief that there is no soul, no immaterial mind, nothing to explain human mental and behavioral conditions except the physical brain. His explanation of that argument begins here: One can treat the proposition that humans have immaterial, rational minds as a scientific hypothesis, and then subject that hypothesis to scientific investigation. Following that he lists several well-known facts of neuroscience showing that our actions and behaviors…

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Mental Exhaustion: If It’s Not Physical Then What Is It?

Mental Exhaustion: If It’s Not Physical Then What Is It?

I'll bet you thought that if you were mentally exhausted it was because of all the energy your brain just expended. Turns out it's probably not so; rather, what you believe makes it so. From Scientific American: Unlike physical exercise, mental workouts probably do not demand significantly more energy than usual. Believing we have drained our brains, however, may be enough to induce weariness. Let me place this in context. Atheistic materialism is committed to the theory that everything about…

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The Image of God Under Attack

The Image of God Under Attack

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference The image of God in humans is under attack. Evolutionary doctrine leads many thinkers to conclude that there is no essential difference between us and and any other organism. (By “evolutionary doctrine,” I am referring specifically to the version of evolutionary theory that says all organisms have come to be through blind, unguided processes of random variation, natural selection, and other statistical population effects such as genetic drift. Although…

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Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

  “Whither is humanity? cried the Madman. I will tell you. We have killed it. We are its murderers! But how could we do this? Are we not plunging continually? How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” When Friedrich Nietzsche’s Madman told the world, “God is dead, and we are his murderers,” it was as if he alone understood the enormity of the crime. It took a thinker of Nietzsche’s dark brilliance to fathom the depths of what this “death…

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Creation Out of Nothing

Creation Out of Nothing

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference God’s work in this world is marked by at least ten crucial turning points, sovereign acts of God that make all the difference for you and for me. The creation of the universe The creation of man and woman in God’s image The Fall God’s calling of a people for himself God’s ongoing self-revelation The Incarnation of Jesus Christ The Crucifixion The Resurrection The coming of the Holy Spirit…

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Naturalism and the Ultimate Good That Isn’t

Naturalism and the Ultimate Good That Isn’t

Bill R. wrote this new argument (to me at least) concerning moral realism and naturalism. I thought it was pretty interesting, especially in the way it clarifies the difficulty naturalism has in saying “this ethical duty matters to you,” so I’m posting it here for more visibility. The rest of what follows here is his. ************************** Say, for the sake of argument, that d’s “that which we want most of all/for its own sake” is the same as the Christian…

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