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Finding hope in a godless world

Finding Hope in a Godless World

What hope can the atheist have? This question, often intended to be rhetorical, has long been a favorite of theists and apologists seeking to emphasize the importance of a life lived by faith. Christian apologist William Lane Craig lists it as one of three reasons for why the existence of god makes a difference. “If God does not exist,” he contends, “then we must ultimately live without hope. If there is no God, then there is ultimately no hope for deliverance from the shortcomings of our finite existence.”1 These shortcomings Craig identifies as evil, aging, disease, and death, and because t...

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The Transcendental Argument for God

The Transcendental Argument for God (to be hencefore referred to as TAG) is a philosophical argument which attempts to demonstrate that some facet of reality presupposes the existence of god. As Greg Bahnsen, one of the leading proponents of the argument, puts it, a “transcendental argument begins with any item of experience or belief whatsoever and proceeds, by critical analysis, to ask what conditions (or what other beliefs) would need to be true in order for that original experience or belief to make sense, be meaningful, or be intelligible to us.”1

In use of the TAG, the experience, or fa...

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Death: An Atheist Perspective

If one thing can be said for certain about death, it would be that it has undoubtedly crossed all of our minds at some moment or other. Many of us have lost friends or loved ones, some of us have nearly lost our own lives, and others have even witnessed death on a regular basis. Understandably, death makes a lot of us uncomfortable, leaving behind several significant questions...

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The Ontological Argument for God

The ontological argument for god’s existence has taken several different forms throughout history, but the most popular version is that of the 11th century philosopher and theologian Saint Anselm of Canterbury. Anselm argued that we can imagine a being which is greater than all else.1 He went on to claim that this being cannot solely exist in the imagination, since an even greater being would be one that exists in reality and is not dependent on our conception of it. This being Anselm labeled “god...

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Did the Disciples Die for a Lie?

If Christianity is a lie, if Jesus was never really raised from the dead, and if his followers never actually witnessed his empty tomb or ascension, would the disciples have died for their faith? There are many examples through history of men and women dying for a cause they believed to be true, but what about dying for a cause that you know is false? A martyr is someone who willingly endures persecution and often dies for refusing to renounce a particular belief or principle...

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The Argument from Divine Hiddenness

If god has delivered a message to humanity, as Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe, then god wants something of us. The purpose of sending a message is to communicate something that you at least want to be known. Revelation is the alleged method by which god delivers a message, and according to most theists, the message god imparts to us is one of love, with the intent that we repent and believe...

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Is Atheism a Religion?

According to many conservative religious apologists, like pastor and DJ Kevin Childs, atheism is a religion whose members fervently deny their religiosity.1 The purpose behind such a characterization is to dismiss atheism as an inherently hypocritical and contradictory position, thereby providing the theist with an excuse to ignore whatever valid points may be raised. This argument is usually the mark of someone having exhausted all capability for intelligent discourse, thus resorting to a weak kind of ad hominem attack...

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Reading Qur'an

Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an?

A very popular way that Muslims argue for the divine origin of the Qur’an is by pointing to numerous ‘scientific miracles’ scattered throughout its pages. According to believers, Allah revealed information in the Qur’an that was only stumbled upon by scientists in the last few centuries, serving as a sign of the truth of Islam’s sacred text. There are too many websites and YouTube videos devoted to these alleged miracles to be counted here, but a few examples will be considered from one site, MissionIslam.com, as we examine the evidence and consistency of science in the Qur’an.

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Psalm 22 – Now With Less Jesus!

Alongside Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 is one of the favorite and best known Old Testament passages for Christian apologists. According to Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and many others, Psalm 22 prophesied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before crucifixion as a torture method had even been invented...
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Prayer in Public Schools

You may have heard that prayer has been taken out of public schools, that throughout much of the United States, students are forbidden to exercise their freedom of religion. According to many conservative believers, the 1962 court case of Engel v. Vitale resulted in a ban on school prayer which has led to a gradual moral decline in America.1 Petitions and pleas to reinstate prayer for school children can be found all over the internet, as well as many other places. But amidst all the fury, there is a glaring and slightly amusing misconception...

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