Category Archives: Skepticism

Can There Be An Infinite Series of Escapes From Kalam?

One of the demonstrations for the existence of God is the Kalam Cosmological Argument, which claims that the universe had a beginning, and therefore needed a beginner. At its root, it is quite simple, for anything that comes to be … Continue reading

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Old Testament Numbers Proven True

In the Old Testament book of 1 Kings, we find the following: 1 Kings 15:25:  Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two … Continue reading

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Pseudo Science

There have been a few recent reports that tell us that some science journal articles were fakes. One was in Nature, one in Science, and it was reported by Fox News. The problems are facilitated by the fact that professors … Continue reading

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Why Does God Not Stop All Evil?

One of modern atheists’ and skeptics’ criticisms of God is that He should stop evil. They are fond of quoting horrible circumstance X, and saying that if God existed and was good, He would certainly, at a minimum, stop X. … Continue reading

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Can We Prove Jesus’ Historical Miracles?

I recently encountered a discussion between an atheist and a Christian that went something like this: A: How do you know that Jesus did miracles and created the universe? Using your own reason, and without using the Bible, prove to me he did … Continue reading

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Is Faith All That is Required For God to Be True?

This is the latest in a series of Q&A using questions from atheists and skeptics. Question:  I have often heard that faith is all that is necessary to know God. If we accept faith in God and the Bible as … Continue reading

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How Do We Explain Animal Death?

Another in our intermittent series of questions and answers. Question: Genesis 1 says man and all the animals were created as plant-eaters. The Bible also says that death entered the world from Adam’s sin (Romans 5). Christians who believe the … Continue reading

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Faith and Trust

In trying to help us learn the meaning of faith, John Lennox recently said the following: Christopher Hitchens gives one of the most wonderful examples that I have ever come across: “If one must have faith to believe in something, … Continue reading

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Is Matthew’s Use of Jeremiah 31 A Fulfillment of Prophecy?

In the New Testament, chapter 2 of Matthew describes how Herod, the dictator over Israel, killed children under two years of age in an attempt to destroy a newborn king which he had been told about. In Matthew 2:17-18 says … Continue reading

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Is God in Time?

A skeptic has posed the following two logical statements as an attempt to refute God’s atemporality: 1.) God, an atemporal being, created the Universe. 2.) Creation is a temporal processes because X cannot cause Y to come into being unless … Continue reading

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Beware What You Do In Bear Country: Was God Just in 2 Kings 2?

Question: In 2 Kings 2:23-24, a group of youths tease Elisha the prophet because he was bald headed. God then sends a pair of she-bears to kill 42 of the children. How could this be a good thing to do? … Continue reading

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Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible

I have posted several entries that document the accurate historical accounts in the Bible, especially in the book of Acts (see here, and here, and here.) As shown in Colin Hemer’s landmark work, The Book of Acts In The Setting … Continue reading

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Why Does God Not Speak To Us Directly?

Here’s the next in our series of questions from skeptics and critics. If God is really trying to reach people, why would He entrust His message to sinners? If He knows that not everyone will be convinced by the truth … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t God Routinely Do Fantastic Miracles Today?

Here’s the latest in the series of questions from skeptics and atheists. Question: Why have we not seen God reattach severed heads, restore someone who has been burned alive, or regrow amputated limbs? If God wanted us to know Him, … Continue reading

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How Can God Have Emotions When He Knows Everything?

This is the next installment in an occasional series on answering questions from skeptics. How can God have emotions, such as jealousy, anger, and sadness, when He is omniscient? Since emotions are reactionary, how can God react when He already … Continue reading

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If Jesus Fulfilled Prophecy, Why Did The Jews Reject Him?

Skeptics have proposed this question, and it is a legitimate one. If Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies so well, it would seem that the Jewish people would have followed Him. There are several reasonable answers to this question. First, … Continue reading

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King of the Skeptics

David Hume (d. 1776) was arguably the greatest skeptic. He certainly is the most well-known and systematic of the historical skeptics, and set the stage for all modern critics of Christianity. Many, if not all, of the skeptical arguments leveled … Continue reading

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Can Miracles Happen?

Modern atheists and skeptics have no better case than that presented by the king of the skeptics, David Hume (d.1776). If we can refute Hume, we have refuted all. Section 10 of Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is arguably the … Continue reading

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Bible Supported By Archaeology: Bethlehem

Today’s AP news wire has a report that archaeologists in Israel have discovered an ancient seal with the name of Bethlehem on it. This is significant because it is the first item found outside of the Bible that contains the … Continue reading

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Hume & Miracles: A Complication of Blunders

I have a book titled Infidelity, which in an older context was a synonym for atheism or skepticism. The book was published by the American Tract Society without a date, but it appears to be from the mid-1800′s. It is a … Continue reading

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Could The Bible Be Written Like A Historical Novel?

Skeptics could claim, and often do, that while the Bible may contain historical accuracies, this does not prove that all the statements in the Bible are in fact true. Critics say that just because Homer’s books mention cities that actually … Continue reading

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Failure of Kant’s First Antinomy

In his monumental work, Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant presented four antinomies. These statements consist of a thesis and an antithesis, which contradict each other, but which Kant provides a proof for each. The idea is that if thesis … Continue reading

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Bubblegum Philosophy and Skepticism: Is Watching Video Sufficient?

Philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig is well known for his public debates against atheists and critics. He is also well known for championing the kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God, the argument which says that since the … Continue reading

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Can Miracles Be Proved or Disproved?

Whether miracles have happened in the past cannot be disproved based on counting how many times miracles have not happened. Such logic may seem valid on the surface, saying that someone has observed a phenomenon many times and never seen … Continue reading

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What If We Approached Osama Bin Laden Like Bible Critics?

Three days ago, President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.  Since then, the accounts of exactly how Osama Bin Laden died have been a bit murky. In fact, the news reports seem to have had some information that … Continue reading

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Could A Man Rise From The Dead?

I have not met a modern skeptic or critic than can hold a candle to the king of skeptics, David Hume. If the modern midgets have anything to say, it is because they stand on the shoulders of giants. In … Continue reading

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Of Spaghetti Monsters and Pink Unicorns: A Refutation

The Intelligent Design (ID) movement has attempted to take empirical data and draw the conclusion that naturalism could not be possible. Naturalism is physicalism, saying that all that exists is physical matter and energy, that everything that exists is the … Continue reading

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Historical Accuracy of the Old Testament

Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser has written an excellent book titled The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant? Among many other things in this book, Kaiser documents that secular historians and archaeologists have found independent corroboration for many … Continue reading

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How Much Evidence Is Sufficient?

Christian apologists have presented several lines of proof for the knowability of truth, the existence of a theistic God, and the accuracy of the Bible. On the other side, severe skeptics and atheists routinely dismiss these arguments as insufficient. I’ve … Continue reading

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How Much Historical Evidence Is Sufficient To Go Beyond Doubt?

Scottish thinker David Hume (d.1776) was the king of skeptics. Compared to Hume, most of the modern skeptics and agnostics are but amateurs, and many of them follow the same line of reasoning that originated with Hume. Hume carried his … Continue reading

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