Welcome

The notion that Christianity is based on a “leap of faith” rather than an intellectual commitment of mind and soul to God is widespread in today’s culture. At The Skeptical Christian, this mistake is addressed head on. Christianity is *not* a worldview for the weak-minded and it is *not* based on a blind leap of faith.

The Skeptical Christian was designed with discussion in mind. Any article on this site can be commented on, and any suggestions, critiques, or alternative perspectives on any of the writings are welcomed and encouraged.

For an entire site outline, read on.

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Web Log

New Articles

31 March 2006

Over this past week I worked on and finished a response to John Mackie’s critique of the Cosmological Argument in his book “The Miracle of Theism.” (See Here) This is part of my recently created series on the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

I also uploaded my critique of George H. Smith’s “Atheism: The Case against God” second chapter, available here, and fourth chapter, available here.

My Weekend

27 March 2006

This last weekend I went on a Christian retreat with the college ministry that I am involved with. The pastor who spoke talked about making sacrifices for Christ and allowing the Spirit to improve the quality of our Christian lives. I had a great time, but taking the entire weekend off caused me to fall behind on homework. It may be a couple days before I can get the next article up, but I’ll try to make some time for it.

New Section

22 March 2006

I have a new section up, Media. I uploaded four videos that I helped make for my church.

Some New Stuff on the CA

20 March 2006

I am now starting a series that defends the Cosmological Argument. (See Here) It gathers together some of my material in response to particular writings as well as some forum discussion, but I also have two new critiques available as of yet; one on Dan Barker and one on Michael Martin.

I hope to start some similar series on some other issues, including the Problem of Evil, Argument from Nonbelief, and eventually the Teleological Argument. If you have a suggestion for a series, feel free to comment.

I am currently working on a comprehensive defense of the Teleological Argument. Due to school, however, this will probably not be completed for at least a couple of weeks.

We are also working on some site improvements. Recent articles are now automatically posted on the right column. We made some slight changes to the homepage. Also upcoming is a media section with some videos and audio files. More on that later.

The Skeptical Christian: An Overview

20 February 2006

The notion that Christianity is based on a “leap of faith” rather than an intellectual commitment of mind and soul to God is widespread in today’s culture. Christians are unable to provide a rational defense of their faith, and nonbelievers are convinced that religion is something only for the gullible and weak-minded. At The Skeptical Christian, these problems are addressed head on. Christianity is NOT a worldview for the weak-minded and it is NOT based on a blind leap of faith.

The Skeptical Christian was designed with discussion in mind. Any article on this site can be commented on, and any suggestions, critiques, or alternative perspectives on any of the writings are welcomed and encouraged. Feel free to participate in the discussion of these important topics.


This site is separated into several sections. In “Theism,” rational arguments are used to establish a foundation for belief in God. Some important articles here include The Cosmological Argument, and Defining God. For a treatment on the foundation of “faith” in God, see Personal Experiences. This section also includes articles on the importance of religion and worldview for every individual. Some good treatments include The Argument from the Meaning of Life and Pascal’s Suggestion.

In the “Atheism” section, arguments against Christianity and the existence of God are criticized. This includes an extensive analysis of the The Problem of Evil. Another important argument, The Argument from Nonbelief is addressed in this section. Many people claim that it is unproductive to claim that God is the cause of some phenomenon, and this common argument is considered in the article, The God-of-the-Gaps. The claim that Christianity in general and Christians in particular are responsible for great evil is shown to be a non-argument in the essay Evil Christianity.

The “Refutation” section consists of responses to a variety of non-Christian writings, both scholarly and popular. Many of these articles are helpful supplements to other writings on this site; for example, the Rebuttal of Plugaru reinforces some concepts defended in the Argument from Nonbelief and the Rebuttal of Martin strengthens the arguments found in the Problem of Evil.

The “Library” includes over 50 book reviews, including material that is pro-Christian, anti-Christian, and neutral. For some solid Christian apologetics, check out Scaling the Secular City and Reasonable Faith. Some interesting non-Christian readings include Atheism: The Case against God and What is Atheism?. Two great debates are God? and Jesus’ Resurrection.

In the “Debates” section there are debates and discussions with non-Christians. I have an ongoing correspondence with Brian Holtz, as well as catalogs of several past debates. This section also contains links to several forum discussions in which I participated significantly.

The “Ethics” section contains articles discussing important moral issues of our day. This section currently has an article on the moral status of abortion. This section will be expanded quite a bit in the near future.

Finally, I have added a “Media” section, where I will post video projects and audio files of talks that I have given. Check out the ACTS Videos for a sample of these upcoming projects.

Building the Case for Theism:


*Natural Theology

Cosmological Argument

- Defining God

*Importance of Religion

Argument from the Meaning of Life

- Pascal’s Suggestion

- The Quest for God

- My Reasons for Apologetics

*Meaning of Faith

Personal Experiences

- Why I am a Skeptical Christian

*Other

Arguments Christians Should not Use

Answering Atheist Arguments:


*Primary Atheist Arguments

The Problem of Evil

- The Argument from Nonbelief

*Secondary Arguments

The God-of-the-Gaps

- The Necessity of Extraordinary Evidence

- The Evolution of Belief?

- The Argument from Multiple Deities

- The Argument from the History of Science

- The Argument from Miracle Impossibility

- Evil Christianity

- The Cult of Christianity

The Refutation Station:

*Scholarly Article Refutations

Rebuttal of Michael Martin (Problem of Evil)

- Rebuttal of Michael Martin (The Gap in Theistic Arguments)

- Rebuttal of Horia Plugaru (Argument from Nonbelief)

*Other Refutations

Dawkins’ Central Argument

Rebuttal of Jeffrey Jay Lowder

- Response to Tony Sharp

- Rebuttal of Ethical Atheist

- Rebuttal of Lee Salisbury

*Refutation Series