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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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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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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 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 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 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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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 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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Is the worship of God coerced?

It is sad that you think there is no good reason to worship God other than what I presume is your fear of death and its aftermath. And sad, too, that you feel ungrateful for life itself, simply ...
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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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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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According to Christianity, is Satan the main force behind atheism, and if so, why do atheists fail to notice it?

for God doth know that in the day of your eating of it—your eyes have been opened, and ye have been as God, knowing good and evil. - Genesis 3:5 YLT Satan successfully deceived Eve and by that act ...
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According to Christianity, is Satan the main force behind atheism, and if so, why do atheists fail to notice it?

This answer is rather similar to Mike Borden's, especially in its conclusion that Humanity is already predisposed to reject God[,] whether [it] manifests it's condition through atheism, false worship,...
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Are there alternative interpretations of Romans 1:18-25 within Christianity that challenge the idea that atheists inherently know that God exists?

I think breaking up the Bible into chapter and verse was a terrible idea. If there weren't these artificial breaks added after the fact, more people would probably read through to the next page and ...
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Are there alternative interpretations of Romans 1:18-25 within Christianity that challenge the idea that atheists inherently know that God exists?

[Do] atheists inherently know that God exists? They know it and it is inherent in the sense that the knowledge is present in their being, but they do not necessarily choose to recognize or remember ...
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Are there alternative interpretations of Romans 1:18-25 within Christianity that challenge the idea that atheists inherently know that God exists?

Defining God as the creator of absolutely everything (There exists only God and that which God has created) and as completely transcendent over everything that has been created (existing apart from ...
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What is more objectionable to Christians: Satanism or Atheism?

The answer depends somewhat on the type of atheism and the type of Satanism. However, Satanism has little intellectual or moral power and is not a great threat either to Christianity or the world. ...
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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 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 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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Patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle?

Patronages of Saint Thomas the Apostle? St. Thomas the Apostle is considered the Patron Saint of doubters, skeptics and cynics. Because of his period of disbelief, St. Thomas has become the patron ...
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Patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle?

He's the patron saint of the blind, craftsmen, geometricians, theologians (1), architects (2), and sometimes is thought of as a patron saint of India. St. Albertus Magnus is the patron saint of ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

No, Jesus who is the Messiah and sitted at the right hand of the Great White Throne or power was never an atheist. Jesus hardly said anything without mentioning God or Father. John 14:28 ye loved me, ...
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Is the worship of God coerced?

Is the worship of God coerced? If there was nothing after death, but we believed that God existed, would there be any reason for us to worship God? Other Answers have already touched on this, but I ...
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What are Christian responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

Disclaimer: I haven't read yet the 2 references you provided (one short and one long) but due to your diligent presentation of the problem (along with the quotes), I would like to take a stab at it, ...
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