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
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
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
Question: Dear Dr. Stratton, I have a short but not so simple question: What type or form of government is the Kingdom of Heaven? – Mike Tim’s Response: What a great question! If Heaven is “the way things ought to be,” then humans ought to attempt to emulate this political standard knowing full well we … Continue reading The Form of Government in Heaven
Today I had the opportunity to speak directly to the Nebraska State Board of Education (NSBE) along with the Protect Nebraska Children Coalition. Dangerous curriculum is being considered which proposes radical Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) along with Critical Race Theory (CRT). I felt an objective obligation to inform the NSBE as to why their first … Continue reading I Stand with Martin Luther King
God is a maximally great being by definition. He always has been and always will be perfect and maximally great (see Job 42:1-2; Psalm 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 41; Jeremiah 1:5; 32:27; Luke 1:37 and the Ontological Argument). With that said, however, for nearly 500 years many Christians have sadly advanced a “low view of God.” In … Continue reading The T.R.U.M.P. Card
Question: Hey Dr. Stratton, In a FB group, Tyler Vela (a well-known internet Calvinist) posted the following question: “Libertarians – will we be robots in the eternal state since we will not be able to sin? (Note: if you make a nature or “we won’t want to” argument then you’re just making the same nature/ultimate … Continue reading Droids in Heaven?
Watch the YouTube video here (please like, share, and subscribe)! What’s up Free-Thinkers and True-Believers? I’m Dr. Stratton . . . and today I’m going to be talking about Doctor Strange and the Avengers. Marvel Studios took their time and spent a good decade developing many of my favorite childhood comics into fantastic movies. And … Continue reading Strange Knowledge Defeats Evil (YouTube Script)
Recently I have been accused of “historical eisegesis.” According to Wikipedia, “eisegesis is the process of interpreting text in such a way as to introduce one’s own presuppositions . . . It is commonly referred to as reading into the text.” This is definitely a problem when someone does this when reading Scripture, but it’s … Continue reading Missing Melanchthon
Question: Hey Dr. Tim! Please help me out. An atheist just responded to my appeal to the Moral Argument for the existence of God. She said: “To respond to my post on this thread you’ve used words. Do the words you’ve used have any definitions? If they have definitions, are those definitions objective or subjective? If they are subjective, … Continue reading Words Have No Meaning
Question: Hello Dr. Stratton, I just finished reading the section about the Kalam Cosmological Argument in your article about various arguments for the existence of God. I have been doing some very serious soul searching the past few months and have been questioning the validity of my own non-belief. While I wasn’t surprised to find … Continue reading The Kalam + Easter = Mere Christianity
As a theologian and apologist who regularly offers a cumulative case for the existence of God, I am often asked to disclose my favorite argument in my repertoire. Indeed, near the end of a good Q&A session, where all kinds of questions and objections are raised, I can count on someone asking me what I … Continue reading A Half-Dozen of My Favorite Arguments for God
Question: Dr. Tim, The location of determinism, if external, could be seen as warrant to the conclusion that we are “meat puppets”. But why must we accept that determinism is solely through external “forces” beyond our control? First, this assumes control *must* be regulative. But more importantly, why can the location of determinism not be … Continue reading The Location of Determinism
Question: Dr. Stratton, In your book Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism, you discuss perfect being theology. With that in mind, I have a question that seems impossible to answer: Is it possible for more than one maximally great being to exist? – Dan Tim’s Response: I enjoy dwelling upon perfect being theology and … Continue reading A Maximally Great Fight!