God – Theology

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Can you disprove Santa Claus? Atheism and “Santa Syndrome”

To the uninitiated such a question is no less than bizarre. However, to those involved in Christian vs. Atheist polemics it is one of the deepest of questions…in a manner of speaking. What has come to be known as Santa Syndrome, is indicative of the fact that very many Atheists reject God at a very …

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The Golden Rules—plural? On the Golden Rule vs. the Fools Gold Rule

Well, it happened again and so it seemed like a good opportunity to write on this issue. A self-professed skeptic attempted to, at least, downplay the Messiah, Jesus’, ethics by asserting that “The golden rule, prescribed by Confucius around 500 BCE.” For the uninitiated, BCE is an anti-Christian manner of referring to BC. BCE means Before …

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Free audio book: Saint Thomas Aquinas “Summa Theologica”

You can download the audio book “Summa Theologica” by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 AD) from LibriVox — via this link for Pars Prima, Initial Questions and via this link for Prima Pars, Trinity and Creation. The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written between 1265 and 1274) is the most famous …

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Free audio book: various readings about Soren Kierkegaard

Via this link you can download the audio book “Soren Kierkegaard, Various Readings” from LibriVox. The order, titles and audio length of which I provide below. The writings listed here represent books about Soren Kierkegaard. A fragment of his work, On the Dedication to “That Single Individual”, has made it to the public domain. Who …

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Why won’t God heal amputees?

Having already written on this issue in the following essays, I thought to post this audio lecture which Apologetics 315 brought to our attention. Here are my essays: Fundamentalist Theologian Asks: “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” and “Why Does God Hate Amputees?”

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The “Skeptic’s Annotated Bible” as a Heuristic Device

Considering that, generally but reliably speaking, those who label themselves as “skeptics” are anything but, it is not surprising that the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible is saturated with atheist talking points along with the obligatory common, and some uncommon, misconceptions and lack of scholarship. Having conducted a study of the relevant biblical texts relating to the …

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Forgiveness: is it God’s or humanity’s job?

The importance of forgiveness is generally affirmed by humanity from the most fundamentalist theist to the most fundamentalist atheist. I asked my atheist friend Michael about it when we debated morality: he gave an answer about Darwinian self-preservation, etc. yet, the point was made that yes, he affirms the importance of forgiveness—watch the debate video …

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On God and the creation: how does the immaterial interact with the material?

It may be informative to consider the following succinctly Q&A with primary regards as to how God, an immaterial being, can interact with the material realm. These are my answers to various questions posed to me—and I do mean succinct as the answers are not meant to be all elucidating but springboards and meant to …

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iTheism

What is the problem with the self made man? That he worships his creator (man here meaning non-gender specific personage). I have often noted that atheism, or many atheists, do not seek to be rid of God but merely replace a supernatural God with a natural one. Indeed, two of atheism’s consoling delusions are the …

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Prove “god”

A seemingly rather picante atheist has asked theists to Prove “god”. I am afraid that my first reaction is that the challenge in question should not have been worded Prove “god” but “Prove” god as for all of his demanding he does not define what he would consider proof. This is his challenge: I saw …

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Theology at the Movies, in Books and on Television, part 1 of 2

In this segment we will consider the movies: Constantine and Seven Pounds I wanted to make a few comments about certain movies and television shows that somehow touch upon theology and particularly the Judeo-Christian worldview. True Freethinker has previously considered The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Last Templar; find these at this …

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Trinity : List of Relevant Biblical Citations

Hereinafter you will find a complete list of the relevant citations form the Bible with relation to various issues related to the doctrine of the Trinity-God’s Triune nature-a series that began with God’s Nature and Trinitarian Doctrine. Related topics: Biblical Examples of the Trinity and of the Godhead Consisting of More than One Person

The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology

Having considered some very basic cosmological natural theology in dealing with the The Flying Spaghetti Monster and The Invisible Pink Unicorns it seemed noteworthy that a new book has been published entitled “The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology.”