Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is Nature All There Is?

Naturalism is the idea that the natural world is all that exists--that there exists no supernatural realm. Thus, God does not exist.

To argue for the truth of naturalism one must produce positive arguments for why the natural world is all that exists. It is not sufficient to simply say that the arguments for supernaturalism or God's existence are false or unconvincing. Even if the arguments for God's existence fail, it could still be the case that God exists! If one is unconvinced by the arguments for God's existence, but has no arguments for why the natural world is all there is, then he/she is left with only agnosticism, at best! In order to disprove God's existence, a positive case for the truth of naturalism must be made.

William Lane Craig illustrates this point clearly in a brief exchange with John Shook.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Planets, Stars, and Their Comparative Sizes

Many of us know how earth compares to other planets in our Solar System. But do you know how it compares to some of the larger stars in our galaxy? The following illustration will make you feel small!

And here's an even cooler comparison:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guillermo Gonzalez: Why Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life?

One of the biggest problems for Naturalism is the fine-tuning of the cosmos for intelligent life. The forces, principles, and constants of physics, certain physical quantities, the ratios between the masses of atomic particles, and the properties of elements and compounds have to be just right, or we wouldn’t be here.

In this lecture, astrophysicist Guillermo Gonzalez explains the evidence for and implications of cosmological Fine-Tuning.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Is Science Omnipotent?

Peter Atkins challenges William Lane Craig by arguing that "science is omnipotent." Is science omnipotent?

Atkins, like many naturalistic scientists, believes that we can only know something to be true if we have some way to determine that it is true. If we can't test it, then we can't know that it's true. This is what philosophers call verificationism. A.J. Ayer is famous for promoting this view but this kind of thinking goes back even further to Hume and the other empiricists.

Is science omnipotent? Can science tell us everything?

Craig begs to differ!

Top Five Silly Statements I was Told in College

If you ever want a good laugh, just visit a college campus and listen in on some random conversations. The weirdest topics are discussed. Let’s face it. Lots of dumb things are heard on college campuses. Most come from the mouths of arrogant undergrad students who think they know everything, but they’re not the only ones…Sometimes professors take the cake! Especially when it comes to religion, theology, and philosophy. Why is it that professors who know little to nothing about religion, theology, and philosophy like to make bold assertions about religion, theology, and philosophy? I’ve heard my fair share of ridiculous allegations made in the name of academics and I’ve decided to list the top 5 here. The top five silly things I was told in college...

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