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What are Christian responses to the Logical Problem of Evil?

Logical response The argument is unsound because premises 7 & 8 are false. The wording of premise 5 is suspect, but to defeat the argument I don't need to tackle the meaning of "Omnipotent&...
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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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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 William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Rowe is critiquing a god that nobody believes in. The defense of the first premise boils down to "I can't explain this, therefore I'm rational in believing an Omniscient God couldn't explain this ...
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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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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 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 William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Short rebuttal Correctly discerning whether "prevent[ing] the occurrence of any intense suffering" can be accomplished "without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil ...
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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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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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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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What is the biblical basis for proving God's existence using purely rational arguments, and how is this reconciled with the essential role of faith?

There is an extremely easy way to answer your question. Introduction We can notice that God exists using senses and reason alone. For many religions, Creation is tinged with divine qualities (...
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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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Is belief or faith the same as idolatry?

To paraphrase your question, it seems like you're asking if the transcendence of God precludes true knowledge of God. The answer is no. The transcendence of God means that God is beyond our full ...
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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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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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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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According to Christians who argue for the testability of Christianity, what is a step-by-step guide on how to perform such a test?

Testability of Christianity There are different meanings to the word, "test." The passage in Deut. refers to impugning the character of God, testing His integrity, and doubting His ...
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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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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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How do Christians justify lack of God's intervention during events where neonates get killed?

Summary While God does not do miraculous divine intervention in most sufferings it does NOT mean He should do so. What you ask is a theodicy, which many Christians have attempted. In the next ...
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Have any major Christian intellectuals responded to Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design"?

John Lennox's book: Gunning for God - Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target directly covers and quotes this exact passage from Hawking you quoted, and addresses it. I am reading it at the moment....
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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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If God is perfect, do we live in the best of all possible worlds?

But it is not very difficult to imagine a better world than this. For this to be true, it would be necessary that: the imagined world lack contradictions or absurdities our estimation of 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?

This type of question is best answered with "a scientific hat" removed, because the testability of Christianity cannot be done via scalpels, test-tubes or bunsen-burners. It cannot be ...
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What does the word "exist" mean as applied to God's existence and the creation?

According to the empirical studies of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) project, human language and thinking has basic core concepts, also called semantic primes, that cannot be reduced to ...
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