A Theistic Response to Dan Barker’s “Free Will Argument for the Nonexistence of God.”

by John Limanto

Abstract: Dan Barker has put forth a purportedly destructive objection against the existence of the Judeo-Christian God from what he perceives as an incompatibility between an all-knowing God and the existence of free will. This essay will scrutinize the claim that God’s free-will is incompatible with his omniscience and that the so-called Principle of Alternative … Continue reading A Theistic Response to Dan Barker’s “Free Will Argument for the Nonexistence of God.”

Emergence (Part 2): Responding to the Atheist Foe

By Adam Lloyd Johnson

It seems that emergent naturalists want to etch out a middle ground somewhere between reductive materialism and theism. They acknowledge that reductive materialism fails to explain key aspects of reality such as morality and consciousness, but they do not want to go so far as to posit an infinite-personal God who stands above and beyond … Continue reading Emergence (Part 2): Responding to the Atheist Foe

Emergence (Part 1): Friend, or New Atheist Foe?

By Adam Lloyd Johnson

Introduction & Background Christians have often used objective morality and human consciousness as building blocks from which to craft arguments for God’s existence.[1] This is usually done by arguing that theism provides a better explanation for these two phenomena than the most popular form of naturalism, that is, reductive materialism.[2] Reductive materialism claims that the … Continue reading Emergence (Part 1): Friend, or New Atheist Foe?

Today I Signed the Nashville Statement

By Brady Cone

Today I signed the Nashville Statement, which was written by the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Through fourteen articles, the Nashville Statement clarifies the biblical standard for marriage and gender.  It seeks to contradict where our culture stands verses the biblical truth which has long been part of orthodoxy tradition for God’s creation. It brings clarity … Continue reading Today I Signed the Nashville Statement

CARM Fails Yet Again: A Response to CARM.org’s “What is middle knowledge and is it Biblical?”

by Luke Mahadeo

Abstract: This is a response to CARM’s article, “What is middle knowledge and is it Biblical? I will respond to the issues in the order they appear in CARM’s article: a faulty definition of middle knowledge, the belief that aseity means that God is “noncontingent”, the redefinition of aseity to mean that God cannot have … Continue reading CARM Fails Yet Again: A Response to CARM.org’s “What is middle knowledge and is it Biblical?”

The Nashville Statement: Reflections & Responses to Criticisms

By Bruce Clark

The Nashville Statement (https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement), approved in its final draft on August 25, 2017, was developed and issued jointly by the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  A veritable who’s who of contemporary Evangelical Leaders drafted, signed and have since endorsed this statement.  According … Continue reading The Nashville Statement: Reflections & Responses to Criticisms

You’re Holding The Gun The Wrong Way!: A Response to CARM.org’s “Can God Cause a Person to Believe in Him?”

By Tyson James

Abstract: This is a critical analysis of CARM.org’s article “Can God cause a person to believe in Him?” Matt Slick claims that on Molinism God cannot cause people to believe in Him, an assertion he takes to be obviously false and precluded by Scripture. I conclude that Slick doesn’t understand the difference between strong and … Continue reading You’re Holding The Gun The Wrong Way!: A Response to CARM.org’s “Can God Cause a Person to Believe in Him?”

Molinism for Dummies: Prayer Changes Things

By Dr. David Oldham

This is the beginning of a series entitled “Molinism for Dummies” (and also for smart people). Dr. David Oldham is a pastor who has been a Calvinist for decades. Dave actually influenced my Calvinistic beliefs which I eventually came to reject years later. After recent months of friendly debate over coffee, Dave Oldham is now … Continue reading Molinism for Dummies: Prayer Changes Things

New Research Supports Claim that People Have Inherent Sense of God

By Joel Furches

If a child turns to her parents and asks why the sun shines, the knee-jerk response might be to tell her that it shines to give us light or to help the plants grow. Hidden in this response, however, is an assumption of purpose or design. It assumes that the sun was put there for … Continue reading New Research Supports Claim that People Have Inherent Sense of God

5 Arguments For the Existence of Free Will

By Evan Minton

Free Will is a topic debated among Christians and even some non-Christians. The Christians who affirm that men have free will in the libertarian sense are typically Arminians, Molinists, and Open Theists. Christians who deny free will in the libertarian sense generally fall into the Calvinist camp. I have argued elsewhere that libertarian free will is the … Continue reading 5 Arguments For the Existence of Free Will

A Biblical Bungle: A Response to CARM.org’s “What is Libertarian Free Will and is it Biblical?”

By Tyson James

Abstract: This is a critical examination of CARM.org’s article “What is Libertarian Free Will and is it Biblical?,” which purports to define libertarian free will and demonstrate that it is not biblical. I conclude that Slick’s own definition is idiosyncratic and based on faulty research. It therefore fails to accurately represent the concept as currently … Continue reading A Biblical Bungle: A Response to CARM.org’s “What is Libertarian Free Will and is it Biblical?”

Modern Thinkers Increasingly Confirm a Designed Universe

By Joel Furches

The idea that the universe might bear some marks of design has traditionally been denied in academic circles. Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins has famously stated that:  “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.” [“God’s … Continue reading Modern Thinkers Increasingly Confirm a Designed Universe

How God Shows No Partiality In Relation to Salvation

By Phillip A. Mast

A few questions in relation to the issue of God’s sovereignty and human freedom have piqued interest in numerous individuals through the ages and provided ample amount in debate material. One of these debated matters centers around whether God is a respecter of persons if he chooses to damn some while saving others. Now without … Continue reading How God Shows No Partiality In Relation to Salvation

The Eclipse & the Crucifixion of Jesus

By Dr. David Oldham

There is a growing excitement in the US about the unique opportunity on August 21, 2017, to see a total solar eclipse, the first opportunity on American soil for 38 years. Air transportation, motel reservations, and car rentals have seen a surge in business in cities located along the path where the eclipse will be … Continue reading The Eclipse & the Crucifixion of Jesus

Objections to Objective Morality

By Cole James

I took a philosophy class while I was in college. The topic of this class was on contemporary moral issues, so you know we got into some heated topics. I heard every objection under the sun to objective morality. Everything from it was not very “tolerant,” to different cultures act differently so therefore there cannot be … Continue reading Objections to Objective Morality

Can We Sensibly Believe in Determinism and Deliberate?

By Allen Crostic

As I reflect on the last twenty years of my life, I’m struck by how much my theological outlook has changed. This is especially the case regarding my view of Divine providence. For sixteen years, I was a theological determinist; that is to say, I believed that God causally determined everything that came to pass, … Continue reading Can We Sensibly Believe in Determinism and Deliberate?