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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

The arguments against the authenticity and veracity of the Book of Mormon are multiple. To name a few: Convenient absence of the original 'golden plates' According to Joseph Smith the golden plates ...
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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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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Reformed Egyptian and archeology Only a select few ever claimed to have seen the golden plates Smith said contained the records of the Book of Mormon. The plates were said to have been written in ...
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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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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

For those denominations that take the Bible fairly literally, everyone that has ever died (with one notable exception) is still dead and buried and awaiting resurrection. For the living know that ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

On an official German protestant website exactly this question was answered with the following arguments (loosely summarized in English by me): Protestants do not have a hierarchy of the deceased. ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

To make your syllogism more obvious for the Cessationists's argument, switch: "Satan or his demons" to "Elvis impersonators" "Godly version of X" to "Real Elvis ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Why should we believe Mormonism's one and only source? The content of the Bible enjoys the benefit of what historians call "multiple independent attestation." that is, the events, people and ...
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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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What is the meaning of 'is' in the context of the Trinity?

Divine Relations are depicted in green: (original image source) The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Here, "is" means "has the same essence as." (cf. St. Thomas Aquinas's ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

The following is quoted from this article at the Early Church History website which outlines the very early attestation of the longer ending of Mark: Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus were very ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

No. Just to be clear, I'm a Continuationist, but I think that argument is totally invalid. You can't derive anything about God from what Satan is doing, because the whole purpose of what Satan does is ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to the non-LDS argument that Joseph Smith's death was not comparable to the martyrdom of the ancient apostles?

A Martyr for the testimony of Jesus Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider Joseph Smith a Christian martyr. John Taylor, who was present when Joseph Smith was assassinated,...
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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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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

This is an important question, whether or not particular words are used; whether or not similar questions have already been asked on Stack. This answer starts from the negative, seeking to work ...
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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 is the meaning of 'is' in the context of the Trinity?

Short answer is, “identity.” Each Divine Person is perfectly identical to the Divine Essence. Perhaps the best exposition of this idea is given by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa theologiae [S.Th.]. ...
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Why do Cessationists consider recent testimonial evidence for the gifts of the Spirit less reliable than 2000-year-old evidence for the resurrection?

There is no reference to tongues/healings/miracles in the pastoral epistles nor the later writings of John. References to Pentecost are about the utterance of foreign, earthly, languages. Then no ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to syllogistic arguments against the divinity of Jesus?

These are easy to answer, specifically because they depend on logical or linguistic fallacies. Argument 1 "The Father is the only true God" "The only true" simply modifies "...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

My response comes in two parts: Creation ex-nihilo (in a separate answer for readability) Theosis & the Nature of God (this answer) (Sorry, no money-back guarantee for those anticipating a 3-...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

The purpose of sensational events is to distract from the gospel itself : the godly, sensible, sounding forth - by real preaching - of the truth of the gospel once delivered to the saints. The '...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

Cessationists aren't atheists; of course God could perform powerful miraculous signs through his people today. Cessationists teach that even though God could do this, he doesn't as it is not part of ...
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Has any trinitarian these days ever come across an argument for proof of the deity of Christ that goes like this:

I have never heard any Trinitarian put forward such a simplistic argument. The first hurdle to clear is to define “God”. The second hurdle is to define what is meant by “Jesus saves”. Let me ...
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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

Theodicy is an explanation for the existence of evil, and why it exists in the universe that God created. Skeptics and unbelievers cast aspersions on God, postulating that God--if he exists!--cannot ...
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What are Christian responses to William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Rowe's first premise is easily falsified. It is very clear to any student of the Scriptures that God regards things like greed, lust, hate, and pride to be worse than the physical acts (theft, ...
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What are the strongest apologetic arguments in defense of the veracity of the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

The Catholic Answers website has some good material on this. The main entry defending the doctrine is How to Defend the Intercession of the Saints. It addresses the "common" objections from ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

I'll offer a response in two parts: Creation ex-nihilo Theosis & the Nature of God (in a separate answer for readability) Creation ex-nihilo The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

To begin with, Dr. Craig's presentation of what LDS believe doesn't seem to be quite accurate. It is unfortunately not uncommon among those who would minister to LDS to set up philosophical strawmen ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

When revelation and human philosophy clash, it's not philosophy that wins as far as LDS are concerned. Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the ...
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