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Why Do We See Causality All Around Us?

| April 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes the concept of intentional causality. According to Kahneman, Your mind is ready and even eager to identify agents, assign them personality traits and specific intentions, and view their actions as expressing individual propensities. Here again, the evidence is that we […]

#10 Post of 2013 – How Do We Know the Universe Hasn’t Existed Eternally?

| December 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt For those of you who look to science to answer every question, cosmologists are pretty unanimous in agreeing that our universe is not eternal, and in fact begun about 14 billion years ago. You may not like this answer, and so go running toward alternative cosmologies to escape the standard big […]

What Explains the Laws of Logic and Mathematics?

| June 7, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt The laws of thought and mathematics are absolutely true.  The law of non-contradiction, the law of identity, and the law of the excluded middle – the three fundamental principles of thought, otherwise known as the laws of logic – are all undeniable.  To deny them is to assume they are true. […]

What Explains the Existence of the Physical Universe?

| June 3, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that the physical universe exists. I think we can safely ignore anyone who believes that the universe is just an illusion or that we are in the “matrix.” But if the universe exists, what explains it? Why does it […]

Are Knowing Facts about God Enough?

| May 27, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Since I write an apologetics blog where we frequently discuss theology, doctrine, philosophy, science, and reasoning, it may seem like my view is that all a person needs is the facts about God, and that is all. Let me straighten this misconception out: I believe facts are not enough. God, as […]

Why Is the Polytheism of Mormonism False?

| February 4, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the teachings of Mormonism is that God the Father is only one among a multitude of gods. While God the Father is creator and ruler of our world, there are other worlds where other Gods are creators, worlds with which our God the Father has nothing to do. In […]

Does Science Disprove the Existence of God? #1 Post of 2012

| January 2, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt As I’ve read comments on the blog over the years, I’ve often read a version of the following: “science disproves the existence of God.”  Even prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins and Victor Stenger say something similar.  Edgar Andrews, in his book Who Made God?, points out that this argument can be circular. […]

What Are the Roles of Faith and Reason in Christianity? Part 2

| November 29, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this series Philosopher Edward Feser demonstrated that reason, not faith, brings us all the way to the conclusion that Jesus is divine.  Once we arrive here, where do we go? Feser explains: Suppose you know through purely rational arguments that there is a God, that He raised […]

What Are the Roles of Faith and Reason in Christianity? Part 1

| November 28, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt A typical accusation of atheists toward Christians is that we only believe what we believe because of blind faith.  In other words, we have no rational reasons for believing in God or believing that Jesus died for our sins.  The person who believes in fairies or unicorns is no different than […]

What Is the Existential Argument for Believing in God?

| November 12, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the last post, I mentioned an interview with Christian philosopher Clifford Williams about his book Existential Reasons for Belief in God. One of the most interesting aspects of the interview is Williams’s description of some of the existential needs that are common to most people. I gleaned 10 existential needs from the […]

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