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#1 Post of 2013 – You Might Be a Hyper-Skeptic of Christianity If . . .

| December 30, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt After producing the TQA blog for 5 years, we have had hundreds of skeptics comment on our blog posts. With so many skeptics, I’ve seen patterns of behavior that have led me to refer to some of the skeptical commenters as hyper-skeptics. A hyper-skeptic is someone who will not ever consider […]

#2 Post of 2013 – If God Cannot Change, Then Why Should We Pray?

| December 27, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt The Bible teaches, and theology argues, that God cannot change. This is called divine immutability. But if God cannot change, then why do we pray to him? After all, when we pray, aren’t we trying to change God’s mind? Norm Geisler answers this question in his Systematic Theology, Volume Two: God, Creation. […]

#3 Post of 2013 – If God Can Kill, Why Can’t We?

| December 26, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Critics of Christianity sometimes point to passages in the Bible where God takes human life, and they ask, “Isn’t God breaking his own commandment to not kill?” If God can ignore the sixth commandment, then isn’t it hypocritical for him to expect us to obey it? Does this argument really work, though? No. […]

#4 Post of 2013 – When Did the Idea That Jesus Never Existed Originate?

| December 23, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Contemporary Jesus mythicists like Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Earl Doherty have argued that Jesus, as a historical figure, never really existed. They, however, are hardly the first to make this claim. Biblical scholar Robert Van Voorst, in his book Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence, traces […]

#5 Post of 2013 – How Does Atheism Answer Our Most Important Questions?

| December 20, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Old-school atheists like Friedrich Nietzsche recognized that atheism utterly failed to answer the most profound of human questions, and thus atheism, he believed, led inexorably to nihilism. Nowadays, most atheists are very uncomfortable with nihilism and want to distance themselves from their intellectual forefathers. Just because God doesn’t exist doesn’t mean […]

#6 Post of 2013 – Can We Know Moral Values Without Knowing God?

| December 18, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Clearly the answer must be “yes.”  In fact, the apostle Paul teaches this very truth in the book of Romans. There are some moral truths that can be known without a person ever acknowledging God’s existence. In fact, the world would be a complete disaster if everyone had to agree on […]

Post #7 of 2013 – You Might Be In a Cult If…

| December 16, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  I watched a Dateline special the other night on the FLDS and the downfall of their “prophet,” who is now imprisoned for life. Here are some things I noticed about the FLDS that would apply to other cults as well. You might be in a cult if… Your leaders tell you […]

#8 Post of 2013 – Do Moral Disagreements Mean There Are No Moral Facts?

| December 13, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Moral realists believe that there are real, objective, moral facts. For example, a moral realist would say that it is a moral fact that raping for fun is wrong. Moral anti-realists disagree and would say that there are no moral facts. Statements such as “raping for fun is wrong” are not […]

#9 Post of 2013 – What Are the Earliest Christian Writings?

| December 11, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Perhaps you’ve read or heard that the New Testament (NT) books were produced at the same time as other Christian writings, and that these other writings were unfairly  and unceremoniously kicked out of the NT canon. Is this true? New Testament professor Michael J. Kruger says no. In his blog post, […]

#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 […]

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