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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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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

Quantum entanglement is two things: Scientific fact Without any good explanation Do we then conclude that quantum entanglement doesn't exist? No, we accept the fact that the mathematics is correct, ...
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How might a Christian persuade a naturalist non-theist that the universe cannot be a brute fact?

It's important for the Christian to recognize that when naturalist, non-theists refer to the universe they are actually referring to a very specifically natural universe. Already, before the ...
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How do Christian advocates of the Fine Tuning argument for God's existence address the objection posed by the Anthropic Principle?

The arguments of the Weak Anthropical Principle against Fine Tuning critically depend on the existence of an effectively infinite number of universes in which there can be "survivors". If ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians partaking in formal intellectual debates with atheists and skeptics?

I think the best precedent is in Acts 17, when Paul was in Athens. According to vv.17-18, Paul debated with Jews, Epicureans, Stoics, and with anybody who happened to be in the marketplace. It should ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

Why not save a step? It's amusing that a materialist would make such an argument when "god of the gaps" is one of the more frequent criticisms leveled against deists. To halt investigation ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

I personally subscribe to the Big Bang theory. The next question from Carl Sagen is, "What happened before that?" Who or what was the cause? "Undefined" cause is not the absence of ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

This argument seems to use Occam's razor for what it was not designed to be used for. Occam's razor is a tool to help us organize our research better, to decide in what priority we investigate the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians partaking in formal intellectual debates with atheists and skeptics?

Paul did it everywhere he went. He debated with the Jews in the synagogues (Acts 17:17), the Greeks in their temples, etc. (Acts 9:29). I would say there’s a precedent for it. No one is a believing ...
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How do Christian advocates of the Fine Tuning argument for God's existence address the objection posed by the Anthropic Principle?

A straightforward definition of the anthropic principle is given here by geophysicist Professor Bob White: "The universe is extremely finely balanced. The anthropic principle, which is a subject ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians partaking in formal intellectual debates with atheists and skeptics?

Dark Malthorp already gave a factual answer to this question. I'd like to add a more introspective answer as well. You ask about the Biblical basis for Christians partaking in formal intellectual ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

Dawkins' arguments tend to center on bold assertions that are stated as axiomatic. He asserts that a creator must be "vastly complex", "very, very, very complicated", and not &...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

There is a law of physics taught to children; "Nothing comes from nothing." The existence of God has a complexity penalty from Occam's Razor of 1. There is 1 hidden entity required. The ...
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What is an overview of perspectives on whether the existence of the Christian God can be established solely through the use of reason and evidence?

Creator of Reason In answering this question it should first be acknowledged that the Creator of reason is God...and He expects mankind to use it! Logical principles with induction and deduction were ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

Maybe the title of this book gives the clue - Inventing the Universe - Why we can't stop talking about science, faith and God. The author speaks here about how, a hundred years ago, it was massively ...
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How might a Christian persuade a naturalist non-theist that the universe cannot be a brute fact?

I would hope the two of us to begin in total agreement that, "The universe is a fact". It exists; it is really, physically, materially present, and we form living and intelligent parts of ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

If you want a loaf of bread, I suppose a baker is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step. There is no aspect of life anywhere that does away with the necessity of a Creator or that makes ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

The quotes all seem to turn on this postulate that deity must have been vastly complex in the first place. which directly contradicts the clear and concise doctrine of Divine Simplicity. So the ...
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When did the demand for explicit deity claim by Jesus emerge?

Your question isn’t entirely clear. If you mean to ask when it became standard theology or doctrinal necessity to declare Christ as God as part of the requirement for salvation, this first began to ...
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