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According to scripture can an atheist fully disbelieve in God? [closed]

The scripture does say that a person can deny the existence of God in their hearts, which I take to mean a ‘sincere disbelief’ not just the claim of disbelief: 14 The fool says in his heart, “There ...
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According to Christianity, is Satan the main force behind atheism, and if so, why do atheists fail to notice it?

In a Christian worldview, is Satan the main force behind atheism? If so, how exactly does this occur? I'm intrigued by this conundrum because if Satan actively influences individuals to adopt atheism, ...
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According to Christian apologetics, how might an atheist come to recognize the reality of Satan and acknowledge that they've been deceived by him?

From a Christian perspective, atheists are regarded as holding mistaken beliefs concerning the existence of God and spiritual truths. It is believed that they are deceived by Satan, an evil entity ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians partaking in formal intellectual debates with atheists and skeptics?

Notable examples include: Does God Exist? William Lane Craig vs. Christopher Hitchens - Full Debate [HD] The God Debate II: Harris vs. Craig Does Math Point to God? William Lane Craig + Graham Oppy ...
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Should apologetics take into account deeper convictions behind rational arguments?

Lately I came across What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step? and posted an answer to it. Although I wrote my post in ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

One presentation of this argument is put forward by Carl Sagan: "If the general picture, however, of a Big Bang followed by an expanding universe is correct - what happened before that? Was the ...
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What are Christian responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

Short version I'm specifically referring to Graham Oppy's paper An Argument for Atheism from Naturalism: Abstract This paper outlines an argument for atheism from naturalism that I have developed in ...
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Are there alternative interpretations of Romans 1:18-25 within Christianity that challenge the idea that atheists inherently know that God exists?

I've encountered discussions, such as the one linked here, where certain Christians assert that atheists inherently acknowledge God's existence, often relying on certain interpretations of Romans 1:18-...
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Is the worship of God coerced?

In essence I'm asking that if there was nothing after death, but we believed that God existed, would there be any reason for us to worship God. It then seems like humans are coerced into worship, ...
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How are Romans 1:19-20 and Psalm 139:7-10 reconciled with the growing prevalence of the argument from divine hiddenness among atheists?

Romans 1:18-25 ESV 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

GK Chesterton (famous Catholic apologist) writes in his popular book Orthodoxy: Nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find ...
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What is more objectionable to Christians: Satanism or Atheism?

What does the Christian religion find more objectionable: the worship of Satan, or the non-belief in a God.
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Patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle?

Is Saint Doubting Thomas the Patron Saint of any of the following: Rational Theology Science Skepticism (religious [atheism] and others) Deus Magnus Est
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New Atheism Analysis: looking for another POV [closed]

For context and to be open and fair for this post, I do not identify as any kind of theist, although I was rendered in a "non-denominationalist" environment. I'm trying to progress through ...
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Does Modern Science's Law of Causation confirm Christianity's Doctrine of Creation as stated in Genesis 1:1 and Acts 17:24? [closed]

The discoveries in modern science by Einstein and Hubble assert that the universe is expanding, and that if the "clock" were rolled back, the universe would come to a "Singularity Point....
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell? [closed]

God gives me reason. I use that reason to analyze the world around me and draw my own conclusions. How can I be guilty if my reason, given to me by God, let me conclude that God doesn't exist? Isn't ...
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Can you be Christian if you don't believe in God?

Is there anything in Christian canon that stipulates a belief in God is required to call oneself a Christian? Like in Islam, the shahada (profession of faith in Allah), is required to call oneself a ...
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Is naturalistic cosmology pointing us back to viewing stars as gods (similar to how pagans did), crediting stars with giving meaning to the universe?

I ask this after seeing a documentary on BBC TV, the evening of 27 October 2021, where Professor Brian Cox started a new series on the universe. This first episode dealt with the way the universe ...
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What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to deconvert to atheism/agnosticism?

What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to lose their faith and turn to atheism, agnosticism or skepticism? Are these reasons only effective against young Christians? What about pastors,...
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Which denomination had the largest percent of members who now profess atheism?

According to sociologists Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera's review of numerous global studies on atheism, there are 450 to 500 million positive atheists and agnostics worldwide (7% of the world'...
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What is the basis for the different epistemologies of continuationists, cessationists and atheists regarding eyewitness testimonies of miracles?

Preliminaries From the Wikipedia article on Epistemology: Epistemology [...] is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, ...
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Does any denomination have records of performing exorcisms on atheists?

Has an atheist, an agnostic, a naturalist or anyone lacking a belief in the supernatural for that matter ever been demon possessed or had a demonic experience of any kind? Is this even possible to ...
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Are there any denominations that give official advice on how to win atheists for Christ who are very strong in philosophy, logic and skepticism?

This is intended to be a question of general applicability, but in all honesty, I'm asking inspired by concrete YouTube channels that promote atheism and skepticism, most notably, CosmicSkeptic and ...
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If one abandons his faith in Catholicism and becomes an Atheist, could he still go to heaven?

If one has been raised a Catholic for all their life, and have just never found meaning in it, and then plans on becoming an Atheist after a difficult conversation with their parents. I would like to ...
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HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them,...
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Why is God knowingly and intentionally allowing the majority of people to go to hell without intervening? [closed]

God knows the past, present, and future, so why is He allowing the majority of people go to hell? It disgusts me. He knew all this was going to happen, yet did nothing about it. He could have stopped ...
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Are there cases of popular atheists who used to publicly defend atheism (via debates, books, etc.) but eventually ended up converting to Christianity? [closed]

Examples of popular atheists known for participating in debates with believers and publicly defending atheistic positions are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and pretty much the ...
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Does being a Christian necessitate a belief in the supernatural? [closed]

Consider a person who adheres to the scientific philosophy that the laws of nature are the same in all places and all times, and can be determined through experimentation rather than, for example, by ...
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How do we know the unmoved mover for any given change must be singular and lack potential?

I've finished with Ed Feser's treatment of Aquinas' First way in Aquinas, but he did not satisfactorily (or intelligibly for me) address my question: How do we know the unmoved mover for any given ...
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How does Catholic Church deal with priests who have since turned atheists?

The other day, media brought up the news of Rev. Vosper who does not believe in God, but has been allowed to administer in the United Protestant Church of Canada. A Canadian Preacher Who Doesn’t ...
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Guidelines for "becoming" a believer, according to the Catholic Church

This might sound like an odd question, but I hope it's on-topic. Say an atheist/agnostic approaches you and asks, "how can I get to believe in God?". Out of instinct/experience, you can say things ...
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What are the various beliefs about the fate of honest atheists?

Some atheists (or any explicit denier of Christian truth) claim that their disbelief in Christianity is an honest one, viz. if they had put their faith in Christ they would be lying to themselves and ...
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How is praying understood within the "Death of God" theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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If faith is a gift from God, and atheists (might) go to hell, is God ultimately willing to send atheists to hell? (Catholic perspective)

Premise 1: Faith is a gift from God. So says St. Thomas Aquinas here. Also, according to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Catholic Church De Fide Catholica Et De Ecclesia Christi: ... the Catholic ...
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Atheist Arguments [closed]

Has there ever been an atheistic argument for why Christianity? I've heard arguments about the "inconsistencies" and "divinity of Jesus" and etc. but I've never seen one that tries to explain why a ...
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The Biblical God and the Kalam Cosmological Argument

The Kalam Cosmological Argument comprises of the following three premises: Whatever begins to exist must have a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause. If we assume ...
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Will Agnostics and Atheists go to Hell? (Catholic)

Does it state anywhere in the Catholic Doctrine that non-believers and doubters will go to hell?
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What is the biblical basis for allowing atheists to speak openly and freely in society?

Theonomy is a view held by some Christians which argues that the Mosaic law should be applied in modern society. One of the things that some proponents of this view argue for is that atheists should ...
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Is there a scriptural support for "man are ‘half animal, half angel’"? [closed]

The Philosopher and Critic of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach wrote: “My only wish…is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of ...
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What proportion of Christians worldwide identify as Christian for social/cultural reasons rather than religious conviction?

In 2007 survey showed that only half of the French who identify themselves as Catholics believed in God. Some respondents indicated that for them, Catholicism involves a social or cultural identity ...
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Why do non believers hate being confronted with the truth? [closed]

As I understand the bible those who do not accept Jesus into their hearts go to hell. I understand it's more than just being a "christian", you actually have to have this relationship with god. And ...
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How do you equate Christian teachings with certain worldly(non Christian) achievements/attitudes? [closed]

So there are wars/conflicts raging on all around the world, that would be compatible with Biblical teachings, 'the lost worldly people, dead in sin and unable to do anything good' etc, I would assume. ...
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Where does the idea that you cannot conceive of light until you see it come from? [closed]

A friend of mine is an atheist. I told him that his disbelief is an effect of his ignorance and gave him an example. So I told him to imagine a person, who was born and lived all his life in a dark ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? [closed]

Due to family issues, I have come to distance people from me, mainly because the family issues made me a rough person and I am not "easy" to hang around. For the same reasons, I was never close to the ...
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Does the Bible ever mention atheism and where? [duplicate]

Not necessarily the actual word as such. Mostly people are described as chasing after other gods. What about no gods?
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Why did Pope Francis tell atheists "just be good"? [duplicate]

“Just do good and we’ll find a meeting point,” The Pope I don't think just being good gets you in heaven. Is the Pope singling out atheists to rethink how to win them over? Is he waiting for the ...
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Do Pope Francis' recent comments on atheism represent a change in doctrine?

Pope Francis made some recent comments in a letter, which are being summarized in headlines like, "Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences." Does the full context of the Pope'...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for a Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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Where does one draw the line between spritiual attack and spiritual defense? [closed]

I recently uploaded a picture to Facebook in the style of the KEEP CALM posters, which said "KEEP CALM, JESUS IS COMING". I knew before I posted it that I would likely receive spiritual attack from ...
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