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How do Christians rebut Matt Dillahunty's objection that the resurrection of Jesus is untestable, unfalsifiable and thus unreasonable to believe?

Dillahunty's argument is self-refuting. He commits the error inherent to all forms of verificationism. A simple, jargon-free description of verificationist principles would be: "you shouldn't ...
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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 do Young Earth Creationists respond to the 'Last Thursdayism' objection?

IMHO, "last thursdayism" not only does not rebut the Creationist position, but strengthens it by illustrating the inability of science alone to make conclusive statements about history. ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

There is no logical philosophical argument that is strong enough to convince someone who is not willing to be convinced. I am a member of the Catholic clergy, so it will come as no surprise that I ...
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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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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

Preliminaries Having no philosophy / theology degree, but as an amateur aspiring to be a Christian epistemologist, I will share in this answer a way for a rational person who, after intellectually ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists respond to the 'Last Thursdayism' objection?

I'm not a Young Earth Creationist, but from the YEC perspective it is very straightforward to reject "last Thursdayism". YEC derives the age of the universe not from the light of distant ...
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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 do Christians rebut Matt Dillahunty's objection that the resurrection of Jesus is untestable, unfalsifiable and thus unreasonable to believe?

I'd suppose that the same arguments regarding existence might be made about Confucious, Plato, Melchizedek, Nero, and other historical figures. But what are counter arguments? You might look for ...
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How do Christians rebut Matt Dillahunty's objection that the resurrection of Jesus is untestable, unfalsifiable and thus unreasonable to believe?

Apart from the point about the argument being self-refuting from another answer, this argument proves too much. By the author's logic, the claim that George Washington used to be President of the ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

This question is answered directly in the text of the Bible. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. ...
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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 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 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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Do Christians believe that God used mathematics to design the universe?

Does the Bible suggest that God created mathematics? In the Nicene creed, Christians confess, in accordance with Colossians 1:16, that God Created "all things [....] visible and invisible". ...
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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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Philosophy - is there any point exploring?

Philosophy - is there any point exploring? The short answer is yes, at least from a Catholic perspective. I am sure that some other denominations will be like minded, but not all. What is Christian ...
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How it is possible to be one God in three persons (Jesus, Holy Ghost, and God the Father)?

God is not a person. God is a Being. Within the One Being of God subsist the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Together, these three make up the One Being of God. When Jesus ...
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Believing that Christianity is "probably" true vs. being fully convinced that Christianity is definitely true?

There remains a type of epistemic distance, in the evidence for the Christian faith, that is sufficient but not exhaustive. That distance is there for a reason. It's to avoid coercion. The evidence ...
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Did Philo influence the contents of the New Testament?

The following information about Philo of Alexandria has saved me a lot of spade-work. These quotes show the comparative significance of this man with regard to early Christian doctrines. "Jewish ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

Origination of Holy Spirit Very important topic! But first a humble correction: the non-biblical origin of Christianity's doctrines and rituals is indeed a teaching of some scholars, but they belong ...
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Do Christians believe that God used mathematics to design the universe?

God does not have to use mathematics - whatever He does, the natural laws follow. That being said, Genesis 1 tells us that in the beginning, there was nothing. Whether or not you believe in 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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Must Catholics believe in Christ's historicity?

Yes, Catholics must believe in the historicity of Christ. Is there some philosophical doctrine in Catholicism which does not require to believe in the historicity of Christ No. This is the heresy ...
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How it is possible to be one God in three persons (Jesus, Holy Ghost, and God the Father)?

Contrary to the way some may view this question, it is not a "truth" question but a "how" one. "How is it possible," you ask, given that the tiny selection of isolated verses you quote appear at first ...
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Can you express the Trinity in terms of category theory?

As a mathematician myself, the way I view math is affected by being a Christian. Also, I think some parts of math are quite relevant to topics of interest to Christians. However, it is possible to see ...
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Does the bible give guidance on how one can achieve happiness?

Christianity teaches truths, habits of heart and action that can promote happiness. However, unlike some systems of thought, the pursuit of happiness within Christianity is a paradox. Jesus said in ...
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