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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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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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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

Thanks to Isaac Middlemiss and Luke Hill's inputs, I can answer my own question. There are at least two relevant terms: Transworld damnation: The proposal of transworld damnation is not the doctrine ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

On a quick Google, the idea that those who die unsaved would not have believed no matter what else could have happened is called Transworld damnation. You're not wrong that it is directly related to ...
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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?

You're switching your morality definitions between your premises. One counter to your premises that shows this comes from divine command theory which, essentially, states that God's will is the ...
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Was William of Ockham the first sedevacantist?

It's frustrating when an asker of a question then goes on to provide what he or she considers to be the correct answer. Perhaps that is why nobody has bothered to give an answer until now (2 years and ...
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Is there a name for a category of Christians who lack a doctrinal position in the debate about God's nature?

Christians have been around for 2000 years. We would think surely there is already a label out there that answers your question? Short answer: Deist is the closest, with Thomas Jefferson as a famous ...
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Is the Hypostatic Union a contradiction?

Is it contradictory to claim that Christ was both fully man and fully God at the same time? No, because Jesus being God could operate under both natures at the same time. The easiest way to understand ...
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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?

Centuries ago people argued about whether the parallel line postulate (parallel lines never meet) could be proved using the other axioms of geometry. It was finally proven that you cannot. If you ...
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Have any prominent Christian Intelligent Design proponents discussed the issue of a potential infinite regress of intelligent designers?

This is not an area of focus in scholarly publications on Intelligent Design. Scoping Intelligent Design Intelligent Design is not a viewpoint restricted to Christians. It can include Jews, Muslims, ...
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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?

To paraphrase an idea from Dale Renlund, God does not simply want us to be well-behaved pets in the celestial living room, but to be full heirs of His glory (see Romans 8:17). This life, then, is a ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

Your comments to other answers show that you are primarily interested in The historical origin of the terminology "Holy Ghost" How "Holy Ghost" as a concept for "Person" ...
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More examples of transubstantiation other than in the Holy Mass

Transubstantiation is a philosophical concept to explain what happens during Mass. The general idea is that everything in nature has a substance that doesn’t change, and attributes (called accidents, ...
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What defence can be made for Christian anthropocentrism?

The answer, in short, is that recognizing the centrality of man is far from outdated and cannot be branded as mere “anthropocentrism.” Man is qualitatively different from and, in fact, superior to all ...
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