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Were the Ten Plagues Natural Occurrences or Miracles?

| July 18, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Many scholars have noted that many, if not all, of the ten plagues in Exodus 7-12 can be explained by natural causes. According to Robert Bergen in the Apologetics Study Bible, Some have suggested that bacteria turned the waters red, and the poisoned waters killed the fish and forced the frogs […]

How Is a Messenger of God Confirmed? Part 2

| January 15, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1, we looked at the first sign that God promised to show the enslaved Israelites in order to prove that Moses was God’s true messenger. We now continue with the second sign. Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his […]

How Is a Messenger of God Confirmed? Part 1

| January 13, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Here is a typical conversation I’ve had on the blog with skeptics many times: Skeptic: “What if a person today, claiming to be a prophet of God, comes along and tells you to do something? Wouldn’t you have to do it?” Me: “Only if they could prove they were a true […]

Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence? Part 4

| June 29, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In this fourth post of the series, we will examine a final reason why the maxim that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence fails as a paradigm for determining  burden of proof.  Mike Licona argues that even if we accept this maxim at face value, it still has intractable problems. Let us suppose that […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 3

| April 20, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Recall that in part 2, we looked at a couple skeptics’ views on testimony.  The first skeptic’s view appeared to be self-defeating, but the second skeptic singled out testimony about supernatural events, thus avoiding the self-defeating approach of the first skeptic.  However, the second skeptic has a different sort of problem, which […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 2

| April 18, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the previous post, we talked about the role of testimony in our everyday lives.  There are some, however, who cast serious doubts on the reliability of testimony.  Here is a typical quote from a skeptic who commented on this blog: As we all should know, eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. There are […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 1

| April 16, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt There are 3 ways that a person can gain knowledge: experience, reason, and testimony.  Experience simply means that we observe something directly with one of our five senses for ourselves (e.g., “There is a computer screen in front of me”).  Reason means that we make rational and logical inferences from knowledge we […]

Are the Healing Miracles of Vespasian Believable?

| January 16, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Let’s briefly cover some historical background.  The Roman emperor Vespasian ruled from A.D. 69 -79; his reign ended with his death.  Writing about Vespasian some 25 years later, the Roman historian Tacitus reported a famous incident where Vespasian is said to have miraculously healed two men – one blind and one lame. This miracle […]

How Do We Investigate Whether a Resurrection Occurred? – Post #7 of 2011

| December 22, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Very few skeptics with whom I’ve interacted have actually investigated the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ (there are some exceptions, but they are few in number).  The typical response is to dismiss all miracle accounts as either impossible or so improbable as to not be worth researching – […]

Does the Scientific Method Preclude the Existence of Miracles?

| June 22, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt This is a familiar theme for long-time readers of the blog.  I am deeply interested in where the scientific method can shed light and where its light begins to fade.  For mankind, to know everything is to know all that really exists.  If you think of everything that exists as falling […]

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