Why does God allow all kinds of bad stuff? That’s the million-dollar question! We can answer it in four steps. Step One We first need to recognize exactly WHY humanity exists. That is to say, what is the objective purpose of life? It stands to reason that if God created humanity on purpose and for a … Continue reading Why God Allows All Kinds of Bad Stuff: A 4-Step Response
Does God cause and determine all things all the time? Do humans possess libertarian freedom? Christians have been debating these questions for centuries. What does the Bible teach? Before answering that question, another question must be answered: What is meant by libertarian freedom? A person possesses libertarian freedom if they are ever free to think … Continue reading Self-Control: The Epitome of Libertarian Freedom
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting a French Calvinistic philosopher named, Guillaume Bignon (Click here to read his amazing transition from atheism to Christianity). While I am thrilled that this brilliant scholar is no longer an atheist, I was shocked to discover that he left one form of exhaustive determinism … Continue reading A French Philosopher VS an American Theologian
When debating the FreeThinking Argument with naturalists (those who presuppose nature is all that exists), they often accuse me of being a “presuppositionalist” (a.k.a., “a presupper”)! This means that they incorrectly believe that I am assuming naturalism is false to conclude the supernatural exists. If this were the case, I would be committing a textbook example … Continue reading The Freethinking Argument VS a Presuppositional Apologist
Drs. Leighton Flowers, Braxton Hunter, and Tim Stratton (Team USA) come together to refute the French Calvinistic philosopher, Guillaume Bignon’s most recent broadcast on the Revealed Apologetic broadcast hosted by Ely Ayala, in which Bignon brings arguments against Flowers, Hunter, and Stratton’s libertarian perspectives (click here). Bignon affirms “Theistic Determinism,” the audacious belief that God … Continue reading Determinism Refuted Philosophically
Objection: Dear Tim, What exactly is a soul and by what exact mechanism does it make libertarian free will possible where it is otherwise impossible? If one person has a soul and another person doesn’t, how does the soul lead to better or more informed decisions in the first person? If their brains are otherwise … Continue reading How the Soul Makes Freedom Possible
Question: Dear Tim, Why does one have to ‘freely’ infer [knowledge claims]? Do computers require free will to make accurate calculations? Evidently not – they seem to get by just fine! Imagine giving two computers sentience. They argue between them over a particular course of action and which option is the best. What’s wrong with … Continue reading Computers Don’t Know Jack!
Suppose you awoke tomorrow and the coronavirus pandemic had come to an end and all suffering had ceased. Not only are you no longer experiencing any suffering of any kind, but neither is anyone else. All suffering resulting from moral or natural evil — including COVID-19 – was nothing but a memory. Is there any … Continue reading Why Would God Allow COVID-19?
The primary goal of FreeThinking Ministries is to equip the church to engage the culture. In my opinion, no one is doing that better than MAVEN, an organization founded by Brett Kunkle focused on helping the next generation “know truth, pursue goodness, and create beauty” (to learn more about MAVEN, click here). FreeThinking Ministries is also devoted to bringing rational … Continue reading Metaphysics & Mormonism
Question Dear Dr. Stratton, You’ve noted that there are some questions that have kept you up at night for long periods of time. The question that has caused me to lose a tremendous amount of sleep is regarding Peter’s freedom to deny or not to deny Jesus three times after Jesus told him that he … Continue reading Peter’s Freedom Before the Rooster Crowed
After three long years of intense research and writing, I finally submitted my doctoral dissertation in hopes of getting three pesky letters to follow my last name for the rest of my life: P.h.D. (I passed)! My final submission was 350 pages long (including the bibliography). To keep it relatively “short” — and to eventually … Continue reading Proper Function & Libertarian Freedom
Spoiler Alert! The Book of Eli is about to celebrate its ten year anniversary on January 11, 2020. If you have yet to see this awesome flick, then I hope this article encourages you to finally watch this R-rated “Christian movie” about what would happen if the world was devoid of The Bible (watch the … Continue reading The Book of Eli: 10 Year Anniversary
I will never forget when the Mandalorian armor was first introduced. It was 1978 and a Star Wars “Holiday Special“ aired on CBS. The special was not that “special” at all — it is actually one of the weirdest things I have ever seen — save for one thing: Boba Fett was first revealed (Click … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why The Mandalorian Is My Favorite Star Wars Character
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!! SPOILER ALERT!!! A long time ago . . . . Ever since I was a four-year-old, Star Wars has been a central part of my life. As a young boy I would pretend I had the power of the force and I would always have a lightsaber on my belt (usually … Continue reading 5 Reasons the Force Is Strong with the Rise of Skywalker
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a German philosopher, mathematician, a metaphysician and an expert in logic who is recognized for his independent invention of the differential and integral calculus (imagine being able to include “I invented calculus” on your resume)! To put it bluntly, Leibniz was a smart dude! While it is impressive to be able to “invent calculus,” in my opinion, … Continue reading “Stupid Round Things,” Other Contingent Things, & the Existence of God
Two of my favorite things to study and discuss are The Bible and Star Wars! My mom first shared the gospel with me when I was three years old — right before my fourth birthday. Right around the same time my parents took my sister and I to see Star Wars (now known as “Episode … Continue reading Yoda & Paul: To What Does Fear Lead?