Category Archives: Existence of God

Is Theism Meaningless Wordplay? A Reply to the Courtier’s Reply

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PZ Myers responds to the learned criticisms of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion with a parable:  ‘The Courtier’s Reply’ It refers to an episode that takes place after the events narrated in  ‘the Emperor’s New Clothes’:  the fable in which a young boy embarrasses an Emperor who dresses in magical clothes made from an invisible fabric.

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Krauss, Craig, Dawkins and a Difficult Week for McAtheism

By this stage, the dogs in the street should know that New Atheism has no particular intellectual force; it can only impress those who share its naïve secularism. Over the last week, however, even secularists have noticed that the New Atheism might be a threat to civil discourse.

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Q: You don’t believe in miracles, do you?

Yes. And here, in short, is why.

 The two key words when talking about miracles: impossible and unusual. Are miracles impossible? No. If God exists then it is possible that He has acted in history. Are they unusual (in the sense that they do not occur frequently)?

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Q: How can the death of God’s Son help me?

A: Simply put, Jesus takes responsibility for our wrongdoing. This isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, a parent can accept the consequences for a child’s actions; an officer can make himself accountable for the actions of the men under his command. Hence the Cross, where the Son of God takes responsibility for those who will come to him.

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Q: Can a sane person believe in Hell?

A:Well, what do you mean by “Hell”? If you mean a vast medieval torture chamber staffed by hungry demons, the answer is “no”. 

God is not a vengeful sadist.  Jesus compared eternal punishment to Gehenna, the Valley of Hinnom, where idolaters used to sacrifice to strange gods.

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