The Skeptical Podcast

20. Resurrection and Miracles

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In celebration of Easter Sunday, I wanted to take a look at some of the philosophical issues involved in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This includes a discussion of Hume’s argument against miracles and an analysis of the likelihood of the Resurrection. For the book review I take a look at Richard Swinburne’s book “Was Jesus God?”

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19. Doctrine of God - God and Creation

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Continuing with the “Doctrine of God” series, this episode takes a look at some philosophical problems surrounding the Christian view that God is the creator of everything. For the book reviews I look at the companion volumes Why I am not a Calvinist and Why I am not an Arminian. For the audience question, I analyze whether the doctrine of Molinism I defended in the previous podcast commits us to the view that the world is really a giant setup, with a mere illusion of freedom.

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18. Doctrine of God - God and Foreknowledge

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Continuing with my ‘doctrine of God’ series, I look at the question of what God knows. I analyze and critique three competing views of God’s foreknowledge; Thomism, Molinism, and Open Theism. This issue is particularly important because open theism is a relatively new perspective that has garnered a lot of attention and a great deal of criticism. For the book reviews, I take a look at Divine Providence by Thomas Flint and The Openness of God by Clark Pinnock, David Basinger, John Sanders, Richard Rice, and William Hasker. For the audience question I discuss the toughest intellectual challenge to Christianity.

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17. Doctrine of God - God and Time

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This is the first in a series on the doctrine of God, assessed from a philosophical perspective. This episode, I try to tackle God’s relationship to time. Is God absolutely timeless or does He exist in time? For the book review, I take a look at Fabricating Jesus by Craig Evans.

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16. Intelligent Design

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The theory of Intelligent Design has been subjected to severe criticism. However, most of these criticisms take the form of bad philosophical arguments. While not taking a stand on the issue, I analyze and reject these criticisms, arguing that the debate about Intelligent Design must be settled on scientific turf. For the book review I take a look at The Evidential Argument from Evil, edited by Daniel Howard-Snyder.

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