What strong and weak scientism is and why it’s clearly irrational and should be avoided.
Stuart holds a Bachelor of Design, a Graduate Diploma in Theology, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and is undertaking a Masters of Theology at Laidlaw College, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Entries by Stuart
Knowing what makes a sound argument is essential to thinking. In this post, Stuart introduces deductive logic, looking at the four criteria that make a good argument.
An outline of the Kalam Cosmological Argument as it is defended by Dr. William Lane Craig, which is one of the most power and convincing proofs for the existence of God.
“The first question which should rightly be asked is this: why is there something rather than nothing?” Based on the principle of Sufficient Reason G.W.F. Leibniz formulated the following cosmological argument for God’s existence.
A brief outline of the Thomistic Cosmological Argument from Existential Causality, two possible refutations are considered, and a brief look at what we could deduce about God if the argument is successful.
The god-of-the-gaps argument is used most often as an objection to the arguments of natural theology advanced by philosophers and theologians who explain the gaps in scientific knowledge as specific acts of God. It is a variant of the argument from ignorance which is a logical informal fallacy. But there are some consideration which blunt the force of the objection.
If the Global Warming cultural phenomenon is not sustained by science, the question is what is sustaining it? Why has it gathered so much momentum? Some suggestions are made. As a case study of the interaction between science and religion, it is very interesting. Some further resources are given.
Almost everyone I talk to in Christian circles either shakes their head disapprovingly at the idea of reading Harry Potter, or mentions their concern about the questionable content. “What about the witchcraft?” “Isn’t it a doorway to the occult?” I have five major criticisms of this idea and footnote some great resources.
The furor over J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in Christian circles is now a cause for shame-faced admissions of mistake. One is reminded of a similar stir caused by the release of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, seen then to be an advertisement for the occult and guilty of leading children astray. While many were crying foul, others were convinced that Rowling was writing from within the Christian worldview. With Rowling revealing herself a Christian after the release of the seventh book, perhaps it is time to cede her the award for the greatest Christian fiction novel ever written.
Another conversation sparked by Rob’s excellent video entitled “Atheists should not criticize Hitler” on YouTube. Thank you Rob! Here BarryLeder asks a hairy question about the morality of a God who would send people to hell. The axioloigcal argument is defended as well as the doctrine of hell.
SaviorOfLogic from YouTube asked a hairy question on the comment of the video; “Atheists should not criticize Hitler.” It was, “What if God forbid’s murder, but then commands you to kill (such as in the promised land), is killing or not killing them the moral action?” Here is the promised response, talking about Divine Command Theory, Euthyphro, and problem of atrocities committed in the old testament, specifically the Conquest of Canaan.
This conversation was in part a response to Rob’s excellent video entitled “Atheists should not criticize Hitler” on You Tube. It discusses the inadequacy of atheism and the adequacy of theism as a basis for morality. Thank you Rob!
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