Not only does the book provide an excellent review of NA arguments, but it skillfully rebuts many of the primary objections voiced by critics of the NAs, coming from both theistic and atheistic camps. Two primary issues run through the books and articles of the NAs: It is worth noting that these are independent questions, as belief in a falsehood might still turn out to be beneficial e. According to Stenger, NAs advance the following general arguments in relation to these two issues.
Mackie went about it all wrong. All you have to do is find a single evil act that can only be attributed to God supposing he exists. If God is all good, then he can do no evil. If God exists, then God would have to have done X.
Therefore, God does not exist. Is the theist prepared to argue God can act has acted against his nature? Because that what will be required.
In any case, finding such an Evil X does atheism no harm. Jake de Backer September 12, at 9: Straight deduction from the total sum.
Steven Carr September 12, at Is there any logical contradiction between the fact that my memory and senses tell me that almost everybody has two legs and my belief that Homo sapiens is a unipedal species?
Plantinga has unleashed the Doomsday weapon of Christian apologetics, taking all rational discourse with it.
But the vast majority of the world are not Christian apologists who will point out that there is a logical possibility that people miscount their legs. How does that work? How can this alleged god exist in all logically possible worlds, when Plantinga has to write entire books trying to find even one world in which this alleged god can exist?
Jake de Backer September 12, at I would definitely be a customer. Is there any more material you have I might acquire? If an all-good God exists in all possible worlds, then there should be lots of possible worlds in which he does not have a morally justifying reason for permitting the evil that exists in some of those possible worlds.
Reginald Selkirk September 13, at 6: Parents and educators are not omniscient and omnipotent, and know that they cannot be there to help you later in life. Those limitations do not hold for a God.
An omnipotent God would be able to inspire those other people without allowing a bad situation to develop. Otherwise, who sets these rules that the omnipotent God must follow? Who says the only way He can accomplish that later greater good is to allow the present bad situation to develop?
Did you change something?The most compelling argument on this list is 11, and I appreciate that people are honestly put off by the way we Christians misrepresent Christ. I really believe there are many people in the western church today that are merely following “church culture” or a political philosophy or other trappings of Christianity that really have nothing to do with following Christ.
Introduction and Summary "Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. "argument from strength"; if something works the hard way, it most likely works the easy way.
Logic. Aristotle's 3 most powerful tools of persuasion. 1. Logos (argument by logic) - appeals to the brain of the audience; most powerful logos tool = concession Thank You For Arguing Key Concepts and Vocabulary.
terms. Thank You For. If the Argument from Design works just as well to “prove” the existence of Jehovah as it does Allah, Shiva or Zeus, maybe the argument isn’t quite as powerful as it’s cracked up to be.
In reality, all the Argument from Design attempts to prove is the existence of some sort of intelligent designer. Western culture, sometimes equated with Western civilization, Occidental culture, the Western world, Western society, and European civilization, is a term used very broadly to refer to a heritage of social norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems, political systems and specific artifacts and technologies that have some origin or association with Europe.
Turns out Richard Dawkins' watchmaker has 20/20 vision after all. The simplest and easiest to understand of all the arguments ever offered by believers is the Argument from Design. The argument is remarkably simple. It goes as follows: The existence of a suit implies the existence of the tailor who.