The Skeptical Podcast

5. The Argument from Nonbelief

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One of the most popular arguments against the existence of God in philosophical circles is the Argument from Nonbelief, or the Problem of Divine Hiddenness. In this show I offer several reasons why nonbelief is not evidence against Christianity. Book reviews of Mere Christianity and God: The Failed Hypothesis. For the audience question I analyze whether nondeterministic atom decay violates the causal premise that everything which begins to exist requires a cause.

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4. Extraordinary Evidence

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A common challenge to the Christian faith is that it requires extraordinary beliefs, including belief in God and belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. What sort of evidence should be required for these types of extraordinary beliefs? In this episode I analyze the claim that “extraordinary beliefs require extraordinary evidence” and apply this analysis to God’s existence and Christ’s resurrection. There are also book reviews of Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig and Does God Exist by J.P. Moreland and Kai Nielsen.

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3. The God-of-the-Gaps

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According to many nonbelievers, using God as an explanation commits the so-called ‘God-of-the-Gaps’ fallacy. Additionally, they claim that the steady march of science has shown that supernatural explanations are always unnecessary. In this episode I consider both of these claims. Book reviews of The End of Faith by Sam Harris and Scaling the Secular City by J.P. Moreland. For the audience question I consider some objections to the Cosmological Argument.

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2. The Cosmological Argument

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A detailed discussion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument for God’s existence, including responses to a slew of objections. Book reviews of Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris and The Kalam Cosmological Argument by William Lane Craig. For the audience question this week we look at Cantorian set theory and the existence of an actual infinite.

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1. The Importance of Apologetics

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This episode discusses the importance of apologetics and the meaning of faith. For more on this issue, see my article on my reasons for participating in apologetics. If you are interested in the meaning of Biblical faith, I recommend ‘Fallacious Faith’ by J.P. Holding.

In the News

The January issue of Time magazine contained some articles on consciousness. In this episode, I discuss an article written by Steven Pinker, a physicalist who rejects the idea of a soul. For more on this article, see my post, Steven Pinker on Consciousness

Book Reviews

This episode has two book reviews- The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.

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