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

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

What is the "obvious" refutation of the puddle analogy that everyone seems to know? TL;DR: Puddles can exist in holes of any arbitrary shape, but life can exist only in a Universe that has ...
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How do non-LDS Christians respond to the stylometry argument for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon?

With apathy Simply, most non-LDS Christians would not consider the argument to be persuasive enough for consideration. That doesn't meant to say that it isn't useful at all, but just that it doesn't ...
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Does Christianity "Match" Reality?

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than ...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

If we count sources written multiple generations after the fact, there is mountains of evidence. C. Bernard Ruffin has compiled a very thorough review of the traditions passed down by early Christian ...
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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

There remains a type of epistemic distance, in the evidence for the Christian faith, that is sufficient but not exhaustive. That distance is there for a reason. It's to avoid coercion. The evidence ...
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How could the Pharisees anticipate Jesus’ resurrection before the disciples?

The Pharisees did not believe that a crucified Jesus of Nazareth would ever rise from the dead. Had they believed he was the foretold Messiah, they would have taken the possibility of that seriously. ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to the claim that Alma 7:10 contradicts Micah 5:2 regarding the place of Jesus' birth?

How to give useful directions If someone unfamiliar with the Dallas-Fort Worth area asked the location of AT&T stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys), the most informative answer would be in Dallas, ...
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Are there other Christian authors besides WLC who believe that all Christians have access to a direct, self-authenticating experience of God?

Here is a well known Christian author who is certainly not on the fringes of Christian thought: If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God ...
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Based on post-2000 scholarly research, how do Christians defend that it was Jesus himself who prophesied the first Jewish-Roman war?

It is a reasonable request, that answers "do not use the inerrancy doctrine." Your second request is that "the answer does not merely use generalized arguments that target a liberal ...
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What is our Protestant apologetic outline when somebody says faith & science cannot be mixed?

My response is to mention that I have a book here called, "Inventing the Universe - Why we can't stop talking about science, faith and God" by Alister McGrath. The blurb on this books says ...
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What are Christian apologetics refutations of the objections posited by the site "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"?

The question given wasn't why won't God heal amputees, but "Have any Christian apologists published refutations to the objections posited by the site "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"?&...
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How do proponents of the Fine Tuning argument for God, refute the puddle comparison?

I hope this counts as an answer. The puddle idea is just a metaphor or perhaps better stated, a parable. It does not contain or purport to contain the whole of the argument - it merely illustrates it ...
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How do proponents of the Fine Tuning argument for God, refute the puddle comparison?

In other words, claiming that rather than the universe being fine tuned, it just fit the existing conditions out of necessity. No, the puddle argument is a response to the claim that the environment ...
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Is it superstitious to have a worldview where supernatural interventions are not just possible but likely?

Keep in mind that "logical" and "rational" do not imply "philosophical materialism" in any way. Logic is a process by which one builds valid conclusions out of known ...
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According to Latter-day Saint epistemology, do Latter-day Saints perceive the witness of the Holy Ghost as an intrinsic defeater-defeater?

LDS in general do not rely solely or exclusively on the witness of the Holy Ghost, and seldom on a single experience. They are encouraged to seek such a witness as a "starter" experience, ...
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What are Christian apologetics refutations of the objections posited by the site "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"?

One Christian apologetics site I frequently use has published an article that refutes the arguments made by the anti-Christian website articles you refer to. The articles suggest that because God ...
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How do proponents of the Fine Tuning argument for God, refute the puddle comparison?

The answer seems simple: consider what happens when you change the parameters. If you make a small change to the shape of a hole in the ground, you still have an almost identical puddle. If you make a ...
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Between the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which one has a more plausible alternate account of its invention?

Which book has a more plausible alternative explanation? I assume that you are asking, in other words, "which book has the least evidence it was written by God?" Let's take a look at both, ...
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What are Christian apologetics refutations of the objections posited by the site "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"?

Similar arguments could/have been made about other groups in other bad situations, so this really boils down to Why doesn't God answer prayers (in this case amputees, but there are plenty of other ...
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Does Christianity "Match" Reality?

Based on your comments, the suffering humanity faces on Earth is misaligned with your intuition of what a world ruled by a loving God should look like. Your feelings are completely valid, and there's ...
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How do proponents of the Fine Tuning argument for God, refute the puddle comparison?

The argument ignores the narrow range of constraints to permit intelligent life. As water fits in any size of object, the critic assumes that there could be a totally different form of life, other ...
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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

I am aware that I am thoroughly late to this question. I’m also new to this site, so forgive me If my answer isn’t rich with citations. Your question is a good one. I think that the resurrection of ...
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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?

You shouldn't listen to an idea that cares more about what's verifiable than about what's real. Science begins with a desire to know what's real. You figure out the rest as you search for and evaluate ...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

Of the citations that Hold to the Rod mentions, only the one from Josephus is extra-biblical. {I misread "Rod's" post. Sorry... see his comment below) However, it is also the earliest IMO. ...
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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

This was started as a comment but I think it is actually an answer, albeit a short one. I can't help but remark that your question entirely and utterly misses the point of Christianity (and most other ...
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