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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 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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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 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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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 does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

One way to think about this is: Within the "all that there is" of the universe cause and effect is supremely evident and unavoidably universal. If it were not so we would have no way to ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

It is illogical for an atheist to think they would go to hell. Given they have arrived at the conclusion God does not exist, then they must also disbelieve in any place of eternal torment after death. ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

The illogic is in the question itself. You say: “God gives me reason. … God doesn't exist”. Asking a question based on two mutually exclusive facts doesn't make logical sense. One can't believe both ...
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Does Modern Science's Law of Causation confirm Christianity's Doctrine of Creation as stated in Genesis 1:1 and Acts 17:24?

I am an ex-atheist Christian. I think I can safely promise you that no line of reasoning presented by another person will convince an atheist against his will. Logical "proofs" of the ...
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What is more objectionable to Christians: Satanism or Atheism?

One would have to make some sort of survey to answer the question regarding the two alternatives offered, by the question, regarding Christians. To my own mind, it is clear what Jesus Christ's values ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

The key phrase here is, "They will find only one divinity who ever uttered their isolation," implying that he was an atheist "for an instant." This is a clear reference to Matthew ...
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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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According to Christianity, is Satan the main force behind atheism, and if so, why do atheists fail to notice it?

It seems that a main point of the question is, as the OP commented, "Atheists are not noticing it. I'm interested in the mechanisms that, according to Christianity, Satan is using behind the ...
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The Biblical God and the Kalam Cosmological Argument

That version of the Cosmological Argument simply points to the universe having a cause. The Christian response would be that the cause is God. Science confirms that the universe must have had a ...
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What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to deconvert to atheism/agnosticism?

What's wrong? What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to lose their faith and turn to atheism, agnosticism or skepticism? Well... it's hard to arrive at a factual answer. The only ...
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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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Will Agnostics and Atheists go to Hell? (Catholic)

The Catholic Church teaches that particular judgment is final You had originally asked a hybrid question: what Catholics believe, and what the biblical basis is for not believing in Jesus and going ...
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If faith is a gift from God, and atheists (might) go to hell, is God ultimately willing to send atheists to hell? (Catholic perspective)

By choosing to turn one's back on God, one condemns oneself ... CCC 1033 To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our ...
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HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

Imagine if the Universe had always existed. Of course, that would mean there is an infinite amount of time in the past. That would mean that no matter how much time you spent trying you would never ...
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If one abandons his faith in Catholicism and becomes an Atheist, could he still go to heaven?

Introduction (personal opinion) Before presenting the Catholic Church's teaching on abandoning a person's childhood Catholic faith, I would like to review the connection of all elements in your ...
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Are there any denominations that give official advice on how to win atheists for Christ who are very strong in philosophy, logic and skepticism?

I do not have this as an official denominational teaching from either the Baptist church I started out in or the Foursquare Church I currently attend but the grassroots teaching and practical ...
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Which denomination had the largest percent of members who now profess atheism?

Which denomination has the largest percent of members professing atheism? As some of the comments infer: I really doubt there's going to be enough stats to answer this. Churches can barely keep track ...
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Can you be Christian if you don't believe in God?

Can you be Christian if you don't believe in God? No. You must confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and you must believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Is there anything in ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

In Christianity we believe that reason is NOT the only tool that God gave us. He also revealed Himself in his miraculous and covenantal dealings with his chosen people Israel starting with Abraham (...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

God gave reason to more than yourself. Though it seems illogical for an atheist to credit God with giving you such a sublime faculty. Leaving that aside, consider the following logical points. The ...
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What is more objectionable to Christians: Satanism or Atheism?

I would argue for atheism. Satanists are certainly opposed to God... but they recognize that God, or at least Satan, exists. "You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

Chesterton has a penchant for paradox that often leads him, on the one hand, to probe very deeply into the tissue and joints of any topic; on the other hand, it sometimes leads him into statements ...
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