Does Evil Disprove God’s Existence?

ATHEIST TARGET:  It is impossible for God to be all-good and all-powerful and there still be evil in the world. CATHOLIC ARROW:  The logical incompatibility between God and evil would only be true if either a) God is not powerful enough to bring good out of evil or b) that there simply is no good that God can bring out …

Shouldering the Burden of Proof!

ATHEIST TARGET: I don’t need to prove that God doesn’t exist. I simply lack a belief. The theist has the burden of proof. CATHOLIC ARROW: First, the theist does have a burden of proof because he or she makes a claim about the world—God exists. But the atheist also makes a claim about the world—God doesn’t exist. One’s atheism cannot simply …

Morals Change! No Objective Morality!

MORAL RELATIVIST TARGET: “I don’t believe in moral absolutes because morality is forever changing. Take for example slavery. It once was considered good and now it’s considered bad.” CATHOLIC ARROW: Ask the objector if they believe our society has “progressed” in changing the slavery laws in this country. Assuming that they say yes, we can point out the fact that …

Can’t Use Reason to Deny Reason

ATHEIST TARGET: “The argument that logic points to God doesn’t cut it because it assumes that human reason is capable of arriving at truth through the use of logic.” CATHOLIC ARROW: You may start by asking, “Is there a difference between the noise I hear when the above question is asked and the noise of a whoopee cushion?” Assuming that …

Good without God?

ATHEIST TARGET:  I can be good without God!   CATHOLIC ARROW:  We as Catholics believe that non-believers can be good without God in the sense that they can know and live in accord with the goods of human nature. It’s called the natural moral law. However, without God there can be no ultimate ground or foundation for the moral obligation …

A Theist-Atheist?

ATHEIST TARGET:  You’re an atheist because you reject the Greek gods.  I just reject one more god than you.   CATHOLIC ARROW: Just because I reject some gods doesn’t make me an atheist. For example, my rejection of communism (a form of government) doesn’t make me an anarchist (one who rejects all forms of government).  Similarly, the fact that I …

God an Invention of Man?

ATHEIST TARGET:  God is just an invention of man.   CATHOLIC ARROW: Notice how the statement is merely an alternative explanation to theism rather than an argument against theism. Theism would be just as plausible for explaining belief in God. In order to determine which is true, one must look at the arguments for and against each explanation. The point here …

Away with Religion-It Causes War!

ATHEIST TARGET:  Religion causes wars and therefore we should do away with it.  Science can fly us to the moon and religion will fly you into buildings.   CATHOLIC ARROW:  To quote my friend Trent Horn, “Religion builds hospitals and science builds atomic bombs.” Just because something, say religion or science, causes conflict doesn’t mean its bad. Land is the cause …