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How do Christians rebut Matt Dillahunty's objection that the resurrection of Jesus is untestable, unfalsifiable and thus unreasonable to believe?

Dillahunty's argument is self-refuting. He commits the error inherent to all forms of verificationism. A simple, jargon-free description of verificationist principles would be: "you shouldn't ...
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How are intersex people explained by Christianity?

Young Earth Creationists (and most other Christians really) teach that the entry of sin into the universe has many more consequences than just the moral corruption of people. The world is now in a ...
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Have any major Christian intellectuals responded to Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design"?

God and Stephen Hawking, by John C. Lennox, is a popular direct reply to The Grand Design. Alister McGrath calls it "a brilliant response," and the book won an Award of Merit in Christianity Today'...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

Some background: what Purgatory is, and what it is not Before answering the question, it is necessary to understand exactly what the Church means by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

For those denominations that take the Bible fairly literally, everyone that has ever died (with one notable exception) is still dead and buried and awaiting resurrection. For the living know that ...
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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus being the Son of God means that He is fully God made manifest in human form (John 1:14). Jesus is simultaneously both fully God and fully man. As such, ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

1. Authorship-Translator Joseph Smith had an elementary education and managed to produce a 500 page book in 3 months (obtained plates on 22 September 1827). Born into a poor farming family, he was ...
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Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13

For mainstream Christian denominations (including Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals), Resurrection is NOT the key to Jesus's identity. Rather, the resurrection ...
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What is the biblical basis for the historicity of the Bible?

That professor hasn't read the Bible, apparently. Eyewitness Account Luke 1:1-4 (my translation) Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compose a narrative of the things which have taken place among us, ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

To make your syllogism more obvious for the Cessationists's argument, switch: "Satan or his demons" to "Elvis impersonators" "Godly version of X" to "Real Elvis ...
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What Biblical Defenses are there to Divine Hiddenness?

Some quick points up front and then lots more below. Pascal's argument is a classic response in explaining the hiddenness of God. In the Bible, God hides himself in response to peoples' rejection of ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Witnesses: Testimony of Prophet Joseph Smith Testimony of Three Witnesses Oliver Cowdery David Whitmer Martin Harris declared an angel of God appeared to them and showed them the Book of Mormon ...
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How are intersex people explained by Christianity?

Some people are just born as eunuchs. Jesus off-handedly addresses this when discussing divorce and sexual abstinence. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your ...
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How do Open Theists respond to Bible verses claiming God knows the future?

The quote from Jeremiah refers to God's plans. Plans do not require foreknowledge, only forethought. I doubt that Open Theists deny that God plans ahead. The question is whether He has one plan that ...
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URLs for Christian Polemic Repositories

I saw this partial definition of polemics in a google search "A polemicist is a person who attacks someone else with written or spoken words. If you're a polemicist, you have very strong ...
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Counterarguments to "KJV-only"?

Opponents to the KJV-Only position generally don’t disparage the King James Version (KJV) or treat it as necessarily inferior to contemporary English translations, but instead point out that it faces ...
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Can other "scripture" (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

One argument of the Christian presuppositional apologists is that only the Bible is self-authenticating. Other sacred texts, like the Quran, are not. Consider the way Ten Bruggencate's tract on ...
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What common apologetic arguments support the view that it is more likely that Jesus was resurrected than his body was stolen?

I'm going to preface this by reminding the community that whether or not a theory is true is off-topic. What is taught is what's at hand, and also what's asked. The following is only addressing what ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

On an official German protestant website exactly this question was answered with the following arguments (loosely summarized in English by me): Protestants do not have a hierarchy of the deceased. ...
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Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13

Its hard to understand why you should think for a minute that Jesus taught anyone to follow any other god than the God of the Jewish Tanakh (ie the Old Testament). If you can add to your question to ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

tl;dr Either Joseph Smith had a nearly unrealistically powerful imagination and coincidentally had many completely imaginative story elements line up with reality, or he had some kind of supernatural--...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

My previous answer addressed negative arguments -- I believe a well-rounded response to the OP's question should also contain positive arguments and a general look at the purpose of the Book of Mormon ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

The Spaulding Theory (I will address various parts of the OP's questions in separate posts, for readability) For about 50 years in the 19th century the Spaulding manuscript was the most popular ...
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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Speaking as a Protestant, I suggest that one of the main "sticking points"--if not the sticking point--between the Protestant and Catholic perspectives on the personhood of Mary can be ...
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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Why can the Catholic Church not simply ignore the Virgin Mary? Why can it not simply drop Marian devotion altogether? That is like asking the question, Why did God not decide to become incarnate by ...
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Why Moses is not Sargon I?

Claims There are no sources that claim Moses and Sargon of Akkad are the same person, but many sources do claim that the stories are similar enough to suggest one borrowing from the other. The most ...
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Why can't God cope with Iron chariots?

וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶתּ־יְהוּדָה And the LORD was with Judah וַיֹרֶשׁ אֶת־הָהָר and he took possession of the hill [country] ...כִּ֣י לֹא לְהוֹרִישׁ אֶת־יֹשְׁבֵי הָעֵמֶק but he could not drive ...
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HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

St. Paul is evidently musing on themes in the book of Wisdom in Chapter 1 and beyond: Wisdom 13:1-9 But all men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God: and who by these good things that ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Much of the conversation often focuses on Joseph Smith's supposed translation and whether or not it was miraculous. I do not discount those arguments, as they are important, but I feel that there is a ...
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Does the Origin of Religious Beliefs from Evolution cast doubt on Christian belief?

No. Everything that exists, came to be by the process of evolution. So by that logic, scientific beliefs too are false. There's nothing in the evolutionary mechanism that optimizes for objective truth,...
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