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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 30 2012

Where people come from

Over at Evangelical Realism, we’re discussing the presuppositional argument for where people come from. Persons, it seems have to come from a personal god. Bears, however, don’t need to come from a bear god, or trees from a tree god, so there may be a bit of bias behind the notion that persons have to …

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Dec 29 2012

Leaving your church

A commenter on yesterday’s post mentioned wishing there was an English version of that Dutch website that helps people “de-baptize” from Roman Catholicism. That got me thinking: wouldn’t it be cool if there were a web site for the English-speaking world that would help people find the correct procedure to follow to officially become ex-members …

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Dec 28 2012

Dutch website helps people leave Catholic Church

Reuters is reporting some good news: in the Netherlands, you can go to a web site that will help turn Catholics into ex-Catholics, and the Church’s anti-gay stance is driving traffic to the site. Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – “de-baptise.nl” …

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Dec 27 2012

Gospel Hypothesis 10: Evil

There’s lots more we could say about the Gospel Hypothesis and the Myth Hypothesis, but I’m going to wrap up this series with the big one: sin and evil. If the Myth Hypothesis is true, then there’s no reason to expect the universe to be particularly concerned about our well-being and happiness. As material beings, …

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Dec 26 2012

The Gospel Hypothesis 9: Theology

Science is a technique for doing two things: it allows us to understand the world around us, and it allows us to detect and correct any misunderstanding that may arise in the process. Both aspects of science stem from the same practice: making detailed and verifiable observations of the reality that surrounds us. This practice …

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Dec 25 2012

The Gospel Hypothesis 8: Miracles

Most implications of the Gospel Hypothesis are starkly different from those of the Myth Hypothesis, and miracles seem like they ought to be a prime example. After all, if God does not exist, then necessarily He is not going to be working any genuine miracles, and the closest we’ll be able to get will be …

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Dec 24 2012

Gospel Hypothesis 7: Churches

According to the Gospel Hypothesis, God is going to be perfectly loving, perfectly kind, perfectly wise and perfectly capable of interacting with us both as a wise and loving Father and as a wise and benevolent King. This implies a high level of involvement in our everyday lives, both because His love motivates Him to …

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Dec 23 2012

“I have written a book”

Over at Evangelical Realism, it’s time for our weekly dose of presuppositional apologetics, about which Pastor Feinstein could write a book. I wish he’d just publish the one he’s already written, because based on the excerpt he provides, it sounds like he’s got a good start on disproving all the supernatural elements in the Judeo-Christian …

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Dec 21 2012

Gospel Hypothesis 6: Evangelism

This one is as definitive as it is inevitable: if the Myth Hypothesis is true, then no matter how perfectly loving and perfectly powerful and perfectly wise and perfectly good and perfectly fearless God is supposed to be, you’re never going to hear about it from Him. He doesn’t exist, so He can’t be the …

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Dec 20 2012

Gospel Hypothesis 5: The contents of Scripture

While we’re talking about Scriptures, it’s also worth pointing out that the Gospel Hypothesis and the Myth Hypothesis imply different things about the actual contents of any Scriptures that might arise. The Gospel Hypothesis implies that God’s Word ought to be perfect, since God is perfect. It ought to reflect a level of knowledge consistent …

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