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!
I recently had the pleasure of interacting with a few folks studying philosophical theology after sharing my paper defending Mere Molinism from the objections raised by Calvinist philosopher, Guillaume Bignon. This led to a short, but profitable, exchange with Michael regarding Molinism and Hell. It sheds light on a couple important issues . . . … Continue reading Molinism, Hell, and the Problem of Luck
Objection: Tim, in your paper, Bignon’s Review of Mere Molinism: A Rejoinder, you wrote the following: “I wrote a 300-page book surveying biblical data, historical theology, metaphysics, epistemology, perfect being theology, and apologetics. I only had one chapter to devote to a philosophical defense of libertarian freedom. Thus, I did not have the time or … Continue reading Marginal Credibility as a Scholar
My recently published book, Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism, has, for the most part, received positive reviews. But I had anticipated a negative response from one particular philosopher, Guillaume Bignon, a Calvinist, whom I critiqued in the book. Bignon provided a 50-page “extremely negative assessment” criticizing almost everything in the book — from my … Continue reading Bignon’s Review of Mere Molinism: A Rejoinder
It’s common for atheists to be a “Grinch” over the Holidays and exclaim that Jesus is just a “Santa Claus for adults!” When I hear that claim, I immediately respond with a question: “What do you mean by that?” If one means that children often believe in fictional fairy tales and adults believe in fact-based evidence, … Continue reading Jesus: Santa Claus for Adults?