The Skeptical Podcast

15. Problem of Evil

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The Problem of Evil stands out as the premiere argument against the existence of God. In this episode I critically analyze this argument and offer some possible explanations for the existence of evil in the world. For the book review I take a look at Jesus Under Fire by Michael Wilkins and J.P. Moreland. For the audience question I analyze whether the arguments for God’s existence are too complicated.

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14. Gap in Theistic Arguments

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A common objection against arguments for the existence of God asserts that such arguments, even if successful, fail to establish the truth of theism. This issue is discussed and critically analyzed, with a special focus on a presentation of the argument offered by the atheist philosopher Michael Martin. For book reviews, we look at God and Time: Four Views and Resurrected? An Atheist and Theist Dialogue. For the audience question we take another look at personal experiences and their relationship to our justification of religious belief.

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13. Evolution of Belief?

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Is religion merely a byproduct of evolutionary selection pressures and social phenomenon? Neuroscientists, biologists, and philosophers are offering a number of theories purporting to explain religious belief naturalistically. In this episode, I discuss whether these theories are successful. Moreover, I look at the impact these theories have on the justification for religious belief. Finally, I analyze the Argument from the Prevalence of Religion, which argues that the proliferation of religious belief around the globe and throughout history is evidence for God’s existence. For the book reviews, I take a look at Time and Eternity by William Lane Craig. For the audience questions, I take another look at Pascal’s Wager and the Argument from Design.

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12. Special Edition- The Resurrection

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This episode contains a live recording of a talk I gave for the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at Saginaw Valley State University (where I attend college). In this talk I argue that historical evidence provides a solid foundation for belief in the Resurrection. In this episode I also review The Son Rises by William Lane Craig.

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11. Arguments Christians Should Not Use

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In order to have an effective apologetic, it is important that Christians avoid using fallacious arguments in defense of their faith. This episode covers 6 common arguments that do more harm than good. For the book reviews we take a look at The Only Wise God by William Lane Craig and Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker.

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