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ROSS/STENGER DEBATE CRITIQUED



DAWKINS/LENNOX DEBATE CRITIQUED,
A VISIT TO DAWKINS' OASIS
OF MUDDLED THINKING




EINSTEIN'S RELIGION:
WHY HAVE THE GREATEST SCIENTISTS
BELIEVED IN GOD?




FLIRTING WITH UNIVERSALISM,
RESOLVING THE PROBLEM OF
AN ETERNAL HELL




THE BEST CURRENT SCIENTIFIC
EVIDENCE FOR GOD: GUTH,
CRAIG, VILENKIN, AND CARROLL ON
THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE




THE ATHEIST PRAYER EXPERIMENT



AN ATHEIST’S ENCOUNTER WITH GOD






Undeserved Authority





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SEEKERS AND NON-SEEKERS:
A SAMPLING OF EXPERIENCES

WHEN MUSLIMS CALL ON GOD

A NATIVE MEXICAN SHAMAN

A SHERPA TIBETAN BUDDHIST

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES

NATIVE RELIGION:
ETHEOPIAN GOD SEEKER

ASTRAL PROJECTION:
NEW AGE JOURNEY (1)

EASTERN/NEW AGE JOURNEY (2)

EASTERN/NEW AGE JOURNEY (3)

EASTERN/NEW AGE JOURNEY (4)

AN ATHEIST’S ENCOUNTER WITH GOD





CAN WE DISCOVER SPIRITUAL TRUTH
BY CALLING UPON GOD?

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
ARGUMENT FOR GOD

THE ATHEIST PRAYER EXPERIMENT

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AS EVIDENCE
PART 2, DOLAND-JENSEN DEBATE







HOW COULD GOD ALLOW EVIL?

TOOLEY'S ARGUMENT AGAINST GOD
FROM EVIL

HOW COULD GOD ALLOW THE HOLOCAUST?

HOLOCAUST RESCUERS: DID RELIGIOUS
BELIEF MAKE A DIFFERENCE?


COULD A RESCUER BE NONRELIGIOUS?

PART 1, DOLAND-JENSEN DEBATE
PROBLEM OF SUFFERING








HELL: THE DEATHBLOW TO CHRISTIANITY?
FLEW'S ARGUMENT

FLIRTING WITH UNIVERSALISM,
RESOLVING THE PROBLEM OF
AN ETERNAL HELL











THE PROBLEM OF EVIL CHRISTIANS

WHAT GOOD HAVE CHRISTIANS DONE? (1)

WHAT GOOD HAVE CHRISTIANS DONE? (2)

WHAT GOOD HAVE CHRISTIANS DONE? (3)





MORAL ARGUMENTS FOR GOD

RESPONSIBILITY WITHOUT FREEDOM?

CAN SECULARISM AVOID MORAL NIHILISM?





CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT GOD?

LIVING TO DIE





THE SIMPLER EXPLANATION:
GOD OR NO GOD?

IF NO EVIDENCE FOR GOD, SHOULD WE
CONCLUDE ATHEISM?

RUSSELL'S "NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE"

HIDDENNESS OF GOD ARGUMENT
AGAINST GOD





THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT FOR GOD





DOLAND'S CRITIQUE OF GOD
AS THE EXPLANATION OF THE UNIVERSE'S
ORIGIN AND COMPLEXITY
(pp 196, 217ff)


CAN SCIENCE ACCEPT UNCAUSED EVENTS?

THE FINE-TUNING ARGUMENT FOR GOD

A FINE-TUNING EXAMPLE

MULTIPLE UNIVERSES ARGUMENT
AGAINST GOD

ORIGIN OF LIFE ARGUMENT FOR GOD

DAWKINS INTERVIEW:
DID DARWIN MAKE THE WORLD
SAFE FOR ATHEISM?

CAN SCIENCE ACCEPT MIRACLES?





MIND FROM MATTER?
ARGUMENT AGAINST NATURALISM

MINDS WITHOUT BODIES?
ARGUMENT AGAINST GOD





EVIDENCE FOR JESUS' RESURRECTION

CRAIG'S ARGUMENT FOR THE RESURRECTION





IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD?





DOES DANIEL (9) PROVE JESUS THE JEWISH MESSIAH?

MORE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (1)

MORE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (2)





ARE THE GOSPELS RELIABLE?

ERRORS IN THE BIBLE?

IS THE NEW TESTAMENT ANTI-SEMITIC?





SLAVERY IN THE BIBLE

DOES THE BIBLE SANCTION GENOCIDE?





JEWISH OBLIGATION FROM MOSAIC LAW
TO CONSIDER JESUS?





JESUS' FALSE PROPHECIES?

JESUS' MORAL FAILURES?

JESUS' FAILED MESSIANIC LINEAGE?





THE WARS OF ISLAM

DOES THE QUR’AN CONFIRM THE BIBLE?

IS THERE EVIDENCE FOR ISLAM?





SHOULD WE SEEK GOD
OR SEEK TO BECOME GODS?

MORAL DEFICIENCIES IN EASTERN RELIGIONS?

ASTRAL PROJECTION

LOSS OF SELF IN THE GREAT VOID?

BUDDHISM: FINDING COMPLETENESS
IN EMPTINESS?

CAN BUDDHISM JUSTIFY COMPASSION?

LOSS OF HUMANNESS IN THE EAST?




HONEST UNBELIEF:
PART 3, DOLAND-JENSEN DEBATE


WHEN DISBELIEF ISN'T
AN INTELLECTUAL MATTER

AN OBLIGATION TO RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT?

SHOULD CHRISTIANS DOUBT?



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