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Does God Exist?
William Lane Craig vs. Peter Millican

This debate on “Does God Exist?” took place in front of a capacity audience at the Great Hall in the University of Birmingham (in England). It was recorded in October of 2011 as part of the UK Reasonable Faith Tour with William Lane Craig. The debate was hosted by the University of Birmingham Student Philosophy Society and moderated by Professor Carl Chinn.

I recently watched this in preparation for my Apologetics class and really enjoyed it. William Craig was really at his best and Oxford Professor, Peter Millican, brought some interesting arguments against God as well. A video like this is surely a premium resource to share with our atheist and agnostic friends and relatives. The debate is a bit technical at times, but that is the nature of engagement on this level.

As I was going through my mail the other day, or should I say “junk” mail since that seems to be all that ever comes besides bills, I noticed a little community newspaper.  It was one of those small papers that are 80% ads (how they get sent out to every resident for free) and is mass produced by a local publishing company that markets it to local businesses (or as they term it – “customizing community news”) as a way to reach potential consumers.  

I’ve always thought that atheism is disingenuous. How can you ever get to the point that you know without a doubt that there is no God?  Agnosticism I get.  Plain and simple you’re thinking you’re not totally sure there is or isn’t a God and mankind may never know for sure.  An agnostic is at least honest enough to allow for himself to be wrong – however remote he/she may feel that might be.  An atheist by definition has already ruled out any & all possibility.  I think that is irrational.

On the subject of atheism being irrational, I found the following article interesting. Does the writer have a valid point? Without God can there be any real universal logic in only a materialistic existence?

Thought this was an interesting perspective. What do you think?

Yesterday, I ran across two different blogs that quoted Kierkegaard in regards to interpreting the Bible.  I have to admit I don’t know much about the man, but I found his statements thought provoking.  For those of us who love to study God’s Word and read scholarly books about the Bible, his quotes help to remind us what the goal is.

“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obligated to act accordingly.

Most of us have surely heard someone make the comment that Religion (most often with the finger pointed squarely at Christianity) is the primary cause of the majority of death and suffering that come about through wars and human against human conflicts.  Perhaps even we ourselves have bought into the modern popularity of such a broad statement. But is it fact?  Is it really the case that religion causes the most wars and death?  Sure anyone can bring up the famous Crusades of the Middle Ages – and they certainly caused a huge loss of human life.  But when looking at human history and examining the total body count and what caused the biggest loss of human life, religion (especially Christianity and her monotheistic siblings of Judaism & Islam) must be placed much, MUCH further down on the list.

“Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

That’s the slogan of a new ad campaign in Britain sponsored by the British Humanist Association and everyone’s favorite atheist Richard Dawkins.  Here’s a short video about their campaign:

Wow!  How do you feel about that?  Do you think something like this would go over in the United States?  Do you have any concern about this news?Here are a couple of recent news stories regarding this campaignBBC Article

USA Today Article

There's Probably No God

As we walk through our daily life we are always thinking about something, or perhaps many things.  Consider this:Prov 4:26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Prov 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. 
In an article about “The Fixation of Belief” by Charles Sanders Pierce much consideration is given to “logical thought” to bring man to “one true conclusion”.  However, as is brought forth in this article review by Brett Clippingdale, mans own ability to perceive is in question. 

Dinesh D’Souza was born in Bombay, India; he came to America at the age of 17; and he eventually graduated from Dartmouth. He was a policy adviser in Ronald Reagan’s White House until 1988. His latest book, What’s So Great About Christianity? is a response to many of the new atheists who are traipsing around saying that the greatest problems of the world are caused by religion (in particular Christianity and Islam). Surprisingly, even Michael Shermer, publisher of the magazine, Skeptic, and an ex-Christian, had this to say of D’Souza’s book, What’s So Great About Christianity?:

Richard Dawkins is arguably the world’s foremost atheist apologist and is the author of the recent bestseller, The God Delusion. He along with some other notable atheists (Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris, and Michael Shermer) have been producing books, launching websites, and traveling around America giving talks. Recently, I listened to a debate between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox. They are both professors at Oxford, Dawkins specializes in evolutionary biology and Lennox specializes in mathematics and philosophy. John Lennox’s book, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? demonstrates that science and theism are compatible and that the Christian notion of God is not dependent on gaps in scientific understanding. The debate was held on October 3, 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama and lasted nearly two hours. The structure was a bit cumbersome because the moderator insisted on working through Dawkin’s book, The God Delusion, point by point with Dawkins giving his argument first followed by Lennox providing a rebuttal. Even so, I found the interchange stimulating and well worth the time to listen if you are at all curious about the “New Atheism” movement.

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