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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 […]

Why Talk So Much About Atheism?

| August 5, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you’ve probably noticed that there are quite a few blog posts dedicated to discussions of atheism (there is no god or gods) and the philosophy of naturalism (all that exists is found in the material universe).  Atheism and naturalism generally go […]

Is the Act of Knowing a Physical Process? Part 2

| May 6, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this post, we discussed Francis Parker’s argument that the process of knowing cannot be physical.  A purely physical account of knowledge simply does not work.  In part 2, we pick up where we left off. Parker draws out more disturbing consequences of the materialistic account of knowing. […]

Is the Act of Knowing a Physical Process? Part 1

| May 4, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt If you are a materialist, physicalist, or naturalist, then you must say “yes” because everything reduces to physical processes on those views.  Francis Parker, Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College, argues, however, that the act of knowing cannot be a physical process. Parker offers the following scenario that a materialist may […]

Can the Mind Be Explained by Physics?

| January 7, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Some naturalists are betting on it, because ultimately physical laws, in their worldview, have to explain everything.  For the naturalist, there is nothing but physical reality which is governed by physical laws.  That being the case, everything, including the human mind, must be reduced to the purely physical and mechanistic. Philosophers […]

Can Science Test for the Supernatural?

| June 24, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Christians believe that a supernatural being can be reasoned to by working backward from effect to cause.  We observe ourselves and we observe the world around us (those are the effects) and we reason that a supernatural cause is the best explanation for the things we observe.  This is how almost […]

Can Science Answer the Most Important Questions of Life?

| September 19, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Have you ever noticed that the most important questions in life cannot be conclusively answered by the scientific method of empirical observation and experimentation? We can use science to study the weather, to create wireless communication, to study the respiratory systems of whales, to better see the stars, to learn about […]

Must Science Exclude Intelligence as a Cause?

| July 23, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt According to John Heininger, the answer is “no.”  What follows is an extended quotation from John, who submitted this as a comment to our blog.  His comment makes some great points in a succinct fashion about the nature of science, especially with respect to the ruling of the Dover trial in […]

How Does Atheistic Darwinism Explain the Origin of Language?

| April 30, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Not very well, unless you believe that fairy tales from evolution’s past count as evidence.  This excerpt comes from A. N. Wilson in a recent article he wrote for the New Statesman. The phenomenon of language alone should give us pause. A materialist Darwinian was having dinner with me a few […]

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