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Steve Jobs and the Problem of Evil

| July 23, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, we get a few paragraphs explaining Jobs’ thoughts about Christianity. Isaacson explains: Even though they were not fervent about their faith, Jobs’s parents wanted him to have a religious upbringing, so they took him to the Lutheran church most Sundays. That came to an end […]

Why Did God Create Adam and Eve if He Knew They Would Sin?

| May 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Some people wonder why God created human beings if he knew we would reject him and bring sin into the world. The answer seems to be that God desired to have a relationship with creatures that would freely love him.  Only creatures with a moral conscience and an ability to freely […]

Why Is There Human Pain and Suffering?

| May 23, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?  Some people blame God, or they claim that because there is so much pain and suffering, God must not exist.  The Bible, however, disagrees. Genesis 3 makes it clear that mankind was to live in perfect peace in paradise on […]

Can God Use Evil?

| May 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Although God is not the author of evil, he certainly allows it. Humans routinely commit evil acts against each other. We have been sinning against God and our fellow men ever since Cain killed Abel. Given all this evil, what does God do about it? Because of His omniscience (all-knowingness) and omnipotence […]

Why Are Christians Antifragile?

| July 31, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Author Nassim Taleb’s bestselling book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, teaches a fundamental lesson. Life is about making oneself antifragile to the random and chaotic events that characterize human existence. In simple terms, a person’s life is characterized by fragility if unforeseen, random events cause exponentially more harm to the […]

What Explains the Existence of Objective Evil?

| June 10, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Objective evil exists.  When we observe the world around us, we realize that there are many things about the world that should not be, things that are wrong.  When we see a child abused, we immediately know that it is evil; we know it is wrong, that it should not be.  […]

Does the Existence of Gratuitous Evil Prove That a Good God Does Not Exist?

| May 10, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Although most philosophers of religion have conceded that the logical problem of evil (i.e., an all-powerful, all-good God cannot logically exist if evil exists) has been effectively answered by theists, there is still a battle over the evidential problem of evil. The problem for theists, as stated in the evidential argument, […]

Do People Become Atheists for Only Intellectual Reasons?

| July 4, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian, Russell quotes the famed philosopher John Stuart Mill writing about his father’s road to atheism.  In the previous post, we looked at the transmission of atheism from one generation to the next.  Today we look at another insight from Mill’s quote. My […]

Can We Judge God’s Intentions When People Suffer?

| October 7, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Bad things happen to people all the time.  They happen to you and to me, in places nearby and in places far away.  Sometimes when we see a person or persons suffering, and we don’t like their worldview, their moral beliefs, or lifestyle, we Christians do something that we need to […]

Are Atheists Angry at God?

| January 21, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt An interesting article published on CNN’s site the other day claims that many people are angry at God, even atheists and agnostics.  The article, entitled, “Anger at God common, even among atheists,” raises a lot of interesting questions.  Who gets angry at God and for what reasons?  According to the article, […]

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