Our cognitive faculties include memory, perception and rational intuition. In science, as in every day life, these work together to produce beliefs. It is natural to assume that our cognitive faculties produce beliefs that are mostly true. But Alvin Plantinga has given a forceful argument that, on naturalism,  this assumption is unsafe. Consider: The […]
About Ben Mines
I was born in Wellington, graduated from college in Auckland, and then spent almost two decades living in South Korea. Until the age of 35, I was what Andrew Klavan called a “practicing atheist”: I did not know if there was a God but I lived my life on the assumption that there was not. However, in 2015 I began to study the philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the historical argument for the Resurrection of Jesus. Ultimately, I was persuaded by both. The existence of God is a subject of the profoundest imaginable importance. I am therefore committed to discussing it with others. In 2017, I finished my book "Through a Glass, Darkly" which sets out the rational grounds for Christian theism; later that same year, I began to write for Thinking Matters.
Entries by Ben Mines
Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity each make different claims about God. Which, if any of them, is true? On superficial inspection two extremes may suggest themselves. One is to conclude that all religions are equally false and the other is to wonder if all religions are equally true. But both extremes are unsatisfactory. The […]
Five centuries ago the English philosopher Francis Bacon cautioned that human perception is not a window into reality but a distorted reflection of it akin to that captured in a warped mirror. And he went on to list the many “idola,” or misconceptions, to which we are prone, including this one: The idola theatri—a misconception […]
Before coming to the evidence for the existence of God, a preliminary question needs to be asked: How plausible is it, a priori, that God exists? Consider the case of John and Jane. John assumes that the existence of God is profoundly unlikely and therefore views theistic proofs with deep suspicion and finds them unpersuasive. […]
It is often assumed that religious belief diminishes in ratio to scientific knowledge. “You’d expect,” begins one Newsweek article on the subject of God and science, “that the more deeply scientists see into the secrets of the universe, the more God would fade away from their hearts and minds.” There are many striking counterexamples to […]
Every Sunday around the world Christians profess their faith in, “God the Father Almighty.” But does the concept of an all-powerful being really make sense? The claim that God is all-powerful, or “omnipotent,” is the claim that God has unlimited power. While there is no obvious logical incoherence in the concept of omnipotence (the […]
One common objection to the existence of God can summarised as follows, God, if he exists at all, is the most complex conceivable being; therefore, to postulate God to explain the universe, life or consciousness is by definition to postulate an explanation more complex than whatever it is you are trying to explain. And this […]
It is well established on the historical evidence that—however you wish to explain it—the followers of Jesus had experiences after his death that completely convinced them that he had returned from the grave.  Among the different naturalistic hypotheses which attempt to account for this is the Apparent Death Hypothesis or, “Swoon Theory.” This proposes […]
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