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

Even as a heathen atheist and cultural Jew I can see the problem with this. Any argument based on "God is perfect" presumes that we're able to judge what perfection is. The argument you ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

God tackled this argument head on by inspiring Solomon to write the book of Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" It demolishes many sources of meaning that people turn to which ...
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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 are Romans 1:19-20 and Psalm 139:7-10 reconciled with the growing prevalence of the argument from divine hiddenness among atheists?

If the existence and presence of God are unmistakably and undeniably evident, how do we explain the traction and impact that the argument from divine hiddenness seems to be gaining among atheists? ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I think you have rebutted the argument quite nicely in the body of your question but I will add a little to back up what you've said: but we have to take into consideration that we, humans, tend to ...
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What are Christian responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

Let's take the first two points one at a time. (The third is only relevant if the first two are correct, which, as we'll see, isn't the case.) Naturalism is simpler than theism. This is true! It's ...
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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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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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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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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Sufficient Number of Witnesses per the Scriptures In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Cor. 13:1) The Lord often sends more than two or three witnesses to ...
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What lines of evidence and arguments refute the notion that the gospels are nothing more than dismissible 'reports of reports of reports of reports'?

Although the question is worded with a kind of sarcasm that could be considered on the border of rude, I would simply rephrase it to say 'Why do so many people believe the that the gospel accounts are ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

Fitzgerald's arguments are not academically accepted, even by fellow atheists : Fitzgerald also charges that there is no physical archaeological evidence for Jesus. But this is unproblematic because ...
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When is it rationally justified for a Christian to say that an anomalous event that has taken place is a miracle?

Scientific explanation of a miracle need not, in any way, remove an item from the category of miracle. I highly recommend a read of C.S. Lewis' "Miracles". Below are a few excerpts which I ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Saint Augustine once preached: The apostles could believe in the Church without seeing it, because they saw Jesus. Now you should, likewise, believe in Jesus without seeing Him, because you see the ...
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Is there a possible compatibility between immutability and God's mercy?

I have to stop you at your first point. Yes, God is immutable--changeless in His essence as God. However, one needs to make a distinction between His attributes that never change and His methods that ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

I'm not going to answer the Question, per se. Instead, I'm going to go a step beyond Ray's Answer and respond to some of the absurd allegations being made by the OP in comments. As these are ...
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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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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

OP: How do Christians break the symmetry? How is this atheistic argument from analogy invalid? The analogy is invalid for a number of reasons. First it was prophesied and then fulfilled. Second it ...
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What lines of evidence and arguments refute the notion that the gospels are nothing more than dismissible 'reports of reports of reports of reports'?

Human lines of evidence, and arguments, are slippery things. Verbal ones can unintentionally end up as "Chinese whispers". Arguments can appear sound until a new piece of evidence is ...
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How can one counter-argue this argument against the existence of God?

I would ask him first, "How do you know that God is not perfect? What he is doing is making "an argument from silence." One cannot make a positive assertion of truth based on what is ...
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What is the biblical counter-argument to the expression "the Universe provides"?

To treat of the creation as if it was a person capable of communication and able to answer a request for provision is idolatry : Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the ...
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According to Christians who argue for the testability of Christianity, what is a step-by-step guide on how to perform such a test?

"You shall not put the Lord your God to the test" (Deuteronomy 6:16). Depending on just what you are trying to "test", and how you approach it, you are potentially trying to prove ...
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