Is it Wrong to Share Religious Views?

SECULARIST TARGET: Keep your religious views to yourself. You shouldn’t try and talk someone out of their religion.   ARROWS FOR THE QUIVER: First, this statement is completely self-refuting. The objector is doing what he or she is condemning—namely trying to convince the Christian that they should not evangelize.  If we shouldn’t talk someone out of their religion, then the …

Religion is a Crutch!

ATHEIST TARGET: Religion is a just a crutch for the weak. ARROWS FOR THE QUIVER: First, such a statement is merely an assertion and not an argument. It amounts only to an alternative explanation to theism rather than an argument against it. Comparatively, theism is just as plausible for explaining belief in God. In order to determine which is true, …

Is Belief in God Wishful Thinking?

ATHEIST TARGET: Belief in God is merely wishful thinking. The only reason why people believe in God is because they fear death. CATHOLIC ARROW: First, not everyone accepts God’s existence for this reason. There are many who acknowledge His existence on the grounds of reasonable arguments. Second, even if someone believes in God for this reason, it says nothing whether …

Can Evolution Explain Morality?

ATHEIST TARGET: Morality is merely a product of evolution. We have evolved into social beings and ascribe to morality only because it is useful for us as humans. CATHOLIC ARROW: First, just because we have evolved a certain way does not show that we have to act a certain way—one cannot get an “ought” from what “is.”  Secondly, what if …

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 …