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Do you Understand Evolution?

Posted on 2011 11, 28 by Matt

While I do not believe the discussion of evolution is incumbent to the question of the existence of God, for the purposes of this blog we will consider the two as connected. Recently on some atheist forums there has been a question concerning a better angle to take when discussing evolution with creationists. Instead of the tired question, “do you believe in evolution?” it has been suggested that “do you understand evolution?” is preferable. I agree that the syntax on the first question is horrible. There are several different types of belief and there is something like nine acceptable definitions of the evolution. But then, does the second question fare better?

Earthquakes or Man, which is the natural disaster?

Posted on 2011 09, 15 by Matt

As an apologist, I am often confronted with questions of evil. In this short space I of course cannot come close to solving this issue, but I wish to provide something of hopefully a unique perspective.

In wake of recent earthquakes and tsunamis there is always a lingering, “how could God allow such evil?” This question definitely merits discussion but I wish to change the scope of the question slightly. People who have felt the grip of natural disaster of course know the sting of helplessness that comes with this, but putting aside the depth of such pangs, let us consider rather frequency.

Are we solely products of our environment?

Posted on 2010 07, 04 by Matt

I recently received this email and thought it would profit more then the sender. Here is the email in its entirety:

I have a very intriguing question and no one has ever given a satisfactory answer. Will you please?

“Are you born by own will? Not certainly. I am a Muslim because I have been born among Muslims and those who have been born among Christians, Jews, and Hindus etc. become what ever teachings and knowledge they get from their parents, teachers or society.

It is a common belief among Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus that only members of their sect will be rewarded by God and people of other religions will go to hell. When a person does not have any control on birth and adopts religion where he has been born by God, why God will punish or reward on the basis of religion?

Kindly guide me. Thanks.

what makes you so special…God?

Posted on 2010 06, 03 by Matt

Stephen F Roberts:

“I contend that we both atheists. I just believe in one fewer God than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

Throughout the last few months I have come across this quotation several different times and would like to respond to it here. Usually this quotation is given with a barrage of various pagan, Norse, Greek, Roman, and various Mythological gods and at the end of the list is “Yahweh.”

At first, the quotation and the list of gods seem like something of a powerful case against theism. We readily dismiss the existence of Thor, Apollo, Shiva, and many other contrived beings, and yet Christians are willing to devote their lives to this one specific God. The questions remains, what makes Yahweh so special?

When I come across people who hold, “when you understand why you dismiss all the other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” In response, I dismiss all these other gods because simply there is no evidence for them. That’s what it all comes down to, evidence. There is historical, personal, ontological, teleological, cosmological, and axiological evidence that is extended to Yahweh and Yahweh alone.

The God of Christianity is the only being that meets all of the areas of evidence I just listed. So, Mr. Roberts, I cannot dismiss my God for the reason I dismiss these gods, because the evidence is just to compelling. Yahweh truly is the King of Kings and LORD of LORDS. He is the only being worthy of worship.

“Scientists create life. We are God” part 2

Posted on 2010 05, 26 by Matt

On to the content of the news story I mentioned in my last web entry. Is this indeed an act of creating life or even a precursor for artificial intelligence? The answer to both of these questions is no. First of all, AI has already been demonstrated to be untenable, John Searle demonstrates this with his famous thought experiment on the subject:

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