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How do proponents of the Fine Tuning argument for God, refute the puddle comparison?

Interestingly, the puddle analogy is wrong for exactly the same reasons that the claim that "improbable events happen all the time" does not solve the probabilistic issues inherent in ...
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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 do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

(Note: throughout, I assume we're only discussing post-Resurrection sightings.) There are at least five symmetry breakers (for the sake of making this Answer as complete as possible, I am shamelessly ...
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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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What is a Christian response to the claim that atheists make that "the Bible condones slavery" in Colossians 3:22-25?

This isn't condoning slavery, it is simply acknowledging its existence, and providing advice to those Christians that happen to be slaves. The message is similar to that in Romans 13:1 and following ...
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The resurrection & Deut 13 - If a prophet says "Let us worship another god" - Do NOT follow him, even if he gives a sign/miracle

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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How can one counter-argue this argument against the existence of God?

The original argument says: If God is the Creator, He cannot be perfect. For either God created the world desiring it or not desiring it. If he did not wish it, it implies that he does not have total ...
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Apologetics vs. Evangelism?

For Gospel-minded Christians, sharing the Gospel must be the priority. So yes, evangelism is typically the driving approach. Apologetics is then a tool that can be utilised in evangelism when specific ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

To Carl Sagan's point, a typical response from a Christian apologist would leverage the Philosophical Principle of Sufficient Reason. This principle states that the existence of a thing needs a ...
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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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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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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

Preliminaries Having no philosophy / theology degree, but as an amateur aspiring to be a Christian epistemologist, I will share in this answer a way for a rational person who, after intellectually ...
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What are Christian responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

If an intelligent observer like William Lane Craig thinks this is the strongest argument for atheism out there, then it makes me feel quite a bit more sound in my belief in God, because it is almost ...
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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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The resurrection & Deut 13 - If a prophet says "Let us worship another god" - Do NOT follow him, even if he gives a sign/miracle

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 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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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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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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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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How can one counter-argue this argument against the existence of God?

Mark had a good answer, to which I will add a separate angle. The word "perfect" can mean essentially two things in English: Flawless/pure; and Complete/finished. It appears to me that the ...
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If God is perfect, do we live in the best of all possible worlds?

To be able to answer this question, a definition of goodness is required, perhaps as a mathematical function of a given world, such that you can make objective comparisons of the form: Goodness (...
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What are the "gospels" in the Gospels?

From a biblical, Christian standpoint, the word 'gospel' comes from the Greek word 'euaggelion' and means 'good news, tidings, word'. It can be called in English 'The Evangel' (the good news), and 'an ...
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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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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?

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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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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Spaulding Theory: How do Latter-day Saints respond to the claim that the Book of Mormon is based on "Manuscript Found" by Solomon Spaulding?

For about 50 years in the 19th century the Spaulding manuscript was the most popular naturalistic explanation for the origin of The Book of Mormon; it has now been widely discredited by both friends ...
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