D Bnonn Tennant looks critically at a New York Times article that discusses the tension between the idea that all the events in the universe are caused deterministically by physical laws, and our deep-seated intuitive belief that this cannot be so because we have free will.
Bnonn spends most of his time writing and teaching, both professionally and in ministry. As well as preaching monthly, he has published over 300 worldview-related articles, and has a professional interest in the science of persuasion (www.biblicalmarketing.org). He co-founded NZ’s apologetics ministry, Thinking Matters, because clear reasoning about the biblical worldview played such a major role in his own conversion from atheism to Christianity. Bnonn feels a particular calling to help equip Christians to better understand, read, and appreciate God’s word. In apologetics, he tries to focus on the 20% of ideas that have 80% of the influence, and is especially interested in how the dominant ideas of worldviews fit together. Bnonn lives in Te Awamutu with his wife and three children, and is a member of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church.
Entries by Bnonn
A reply to ‘Upandatom’ on why the idea that bad things shouldn’t happen to good people actually supports God’s existence, rather than undermining it.
This is a continuation of the discussion started with Stuart in his article ‘Openness Theology (Part Two)’, exploring the ramifications of libertarian free will, the principle of alternative possibilities; and how an Arminian theology ultimately collapses into either a Reformed or Open theology, depending on how you push it.
The first of a three-part series answering some questions about God, raised by an email correspondent named Albert.
Bnonn responds to Glenn Peoples’ critique of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy.
A response to “the Dunedin School”, who recently described Thinking Matters as a group “of frustrated and atavistic reactionists who want to take away rights from women, homosexuals, and other minorities and restore power to the patriarchy.”
A brief analysis of Simon’s given reasons for abandoning Christianity.
A quote from William Hasker, a philosopher of religion, on the support for thoroughgoing scientific naturalism as a worldview which can be “proved to all reasonable people”.
Issue #1 of the Thinking Matters Journal, ‘Introducing Apologetics’, is now out.
A simple, five-step argument reasoning from the existence of meaning to the existence of God.
Philosopher Bill Vallicella has started a new series on eliminative materialism. The introduction, ‘Defining Eliminative Materialism’, is worth reading if you’ve been following the debate here on Talk regarding whether abstracta are possible in a non-theistic worldview, and would like to better familiarize yourself with the topic.
An argument undercutting non-theistic attempts to defend their value systems, by demonstrating that value itself is incoherent in a universe without God.
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