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Is Christian Belief a Science Stopper? Seven Quick Points

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Many atheists allege that Christians use “goddidit” as a lazy approach to explaining phenomena. Every mystery is erased by invoking an all-powerful, all-knowing creator.  “God-did-it” functions as a ‘science stopper’: it encourages us to abandon enquiry and research, to forsake the quest for scientific answers.

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Christianity Helped Give Birth to Science: 8 Quick Points

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1) Christianity played a crucial role in preserving the intellectual traditions of the classical world, especially Greek natural philosophy. In the Latin West, Benedict of Nursia ensured that monasteries would combine physical labour with study. Muslims probably gained many texts from Nestorian Christians.

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Of Course Jesus Really Existed! Have a Bit of Sense!

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If we needed proof that New Atheism has become a viscerally anti-intellectual movement, we need do little more than consider Jerry Coyne’s recent foray into ancient history. Although he is agnostic about the existence of Jesus, in two recent posts he is comes down on the “mythicist” side of the debate.

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The Fact of the Resurrection and the Faith of Historians

Ehrman, Crossley and the Resurrection

Recently I’ve been reading some material on the resurrection of Jesus by two biblical scholars, James Crossley and Bart Ehrman.[i] Both are sceptics and make many similar points in their attempts to argue that there are no good grounds for belief in the resurrection.

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Four Reasons Christianity Hasn’t Been Explained Away

The New Theism

The rhetoric of the New Atheism is so extreme that their arguments are often lost in the resultant “trolling” and “twitter wars”. This is a shame: there are many secularists who do not want to eradicate religion, but who nevertheless accept some of the central claims of the new atheists.

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