Does Science Make God Irrelevant?

Does God still matter? This is the question that seems to be at the heart of the modern debate about God’s existence. Many unbelievers who label themselves agnostic-atheists do not claim definitively that God does not exist. They take the softer position that God probably does not exist, and even if he does exist, he is irrelevant in explaining the universe. As Dr. Richard …

Is the Claim to be Right Prideful?

RELATIVIST TARGET: It’s prideful and arrogant to think that you’re right and others are wrong.   ARROWS FOR THE QUIVER: First, there is nothing wrong with thinking that one is right if one has good reasons. Second, the objection does not give any reason why it is prideful to think one is right. It is merely an assertion—akin to mere …

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 …