As Christians we are called to share the Gospel with all people (Matthew 28:16-20). Indeed, the Gospel is literally the “good news” — the best news — a person could ever hear. With this in mind, it is vital for all Christians to grasp exactly what the Gospel message is and also know how to … Continue reading Sharing the Gospel and Back Pocket Apologetics
“Perhaps we need to be more open to the fact that some of our moral intuitions aren’t as finely tuned as they ought to be.” Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God (IGaMM) states its question and objective right in its title, as every good book should. While … Continue reading Book Review: Is God A Moral Monster?
I recently launched a new Facebook group called Mere Molinism (click here to join). This private group is focused on discussing the essential ingredients of mere Molinism (human libertarian freedom and divine middle knowledge) along with related issues. This group is unique for several reasons. First, all the admins possess or are currently pursuing graduate degrees in … Continue reading The Mere Molinism FB Group vs the God of Mischief
In this Apologetics315 Podcast, Brian Auten and Chad Gross chat with me about Human, Freedom, Divine Knowledge and Mere Molinism. The show notes are as follows: 1:03 – Intro to Tim Stratton1:41 – Why Molinism on the podcast?3:20 – Welcome to Tim Stratton3:54 – How Tim became a Christian9:37 – God as a maximally great … Continue reading Apologetics315 Podcast: Molinism with Tim Stratton
“Why would a loving God condemn people to Hell?” How many times have you or someone you know asked this question? It seems like an obvious question. We know what love is and we know what love is not (at least that is what we tell ourselves) and condemning a group of people to eternal punishment … Continue reading Rescuing Hell
Michael Huemer has established himself as one of today’s leading philosophers on a variety of topics ranging from ethics, to political philosophy, to logical paradoxes, to epistemology. Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) is concerned with this last topic. Huemer is concerned with rebutting skepticism in general and skepticism … Continue reading Book Review: Skepticism and the Veil of Perception
(This fictional post was first published by Jacobus Erasmus at http://jacobuserasmus.com/blog/bl0-cultural-insanity.html) I got chased out of Nature Park Zoo, again. Why is the zoo so cruel? All I want is the flamingos’ food. They feed the flamingos the most scrumptious brine shrimp, which cannot be found elsewhere and which is like chocolate to me. Does … Continue reading Critical Human Incipient Theory
One does not have to look far to see a lot of confusion in how the issues of Critical Race Theory (CRT), sexual identity, and Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) intersect, so I want to give you a few thoughts and explanations. Currently, there is a lot of discussion about school boards forcing CRT into our … Continue reading When Critical Theory Intersects With Sexuality and Identity
Since publishing Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism in October of 2020, almost every day I have dialoged with determinists. They are either theological determinists (typically Calvinists) who are seemingly committed to exhaustive divine determinism (EDD) or they are scientific determinists (typically naturalists/atheists) who believe that all things about humanity are ultimately causally determined … Continue reading Rocks in Socks: The Art of Asking Clever Questions
Suppose a mad scientist while you were sleeping gained access to your brain, implanted special microchips, and now has the ability and opportunity to exhaustively control (causally determine) all of your thoughts and beliefs all the time. Although you are unaware, the mad scientist now has control over exactly what you think of and about … Continue reading A Mad Scientist and a Pop Quiz: A Case for Freedom
Question Dr. Tim, You recently shared a Facebook post high-lightning the Apostle Paul’s words in 1st Corinthians 10:15. It reads: “I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.” You then added the following: “Be a FreeThinker. Don’t let something or someone else causally determine your judgments!” Do you really want to … Continue reading God is NOT a Deity of Deception
Circular reasoning is generally understood to be fallacious. The reason for this is that circular arguments assume what they purport to prove. At least one premise in a circular argument depends upon the truth of the conclusion, making the argument lose any justifying force. For in order to accept the relevant premise, one would have … Continue reading Is All Reasoning Circular Reasoning?
Recently I had an enlightening conversation with EDD (an exhaustive divine determinist). Calvinists who affirm exhaustive divine determinism believe that God causally determines all things all the time (unless they are discussing 1 Timothy 2:4, these Calvinists do affirm that “all” means “all”). This means that everything about a human — every thought, belief, action, … Continue reading Assurance of Salvation
Introduction Why the case against abortion is weak, ethically speaking is an engaging article on an issue often confined to academic journals. I am grateful for the report, mainly because of Nobis’ and Dudley’s emphasis on personhood and because I agree with them on two significant points. First, our society needs careful and respectful examination … Continue reading An Evaluation of “Why the case against abortion is weak, ethically speaking”
Imagine if C.S. Lewis had podcast his journey to faith, and millions of unbelievers had listened in. Imagine if the forces of secular universities, progressive politics and media had targeted him to take him out before he could cross the line of faith and bring thousands with him. A similar journey by a similarly brilliant … Continue reading Marvel Comics vs. Jordan Peterson
Question Hey Dr. Stratton, A fellow libertarian has taken issue with your definition of libertarian freedom. Although you offer multiple definitions in your book and other writings, you often describe libertarian freedom in the following manner: “the ability to choose among a range of alternative options, each of which is compatible with one’s nature at … Continue reading Defining Libertarian Freedom