Epicurus on God: An Unflinching Critique – Part II

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary The Origin of Evil   “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?”_Epicurus Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that God actually exists. Let us, then, go back in time; to the dawn of time; on a hypothetical journey to the time before “time” even began; to that time referred to in Scripture as “In the beginning”. At a certain point during our imaginary journey into preexistence we will…
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Epicurus on God: An Unflinching Critique – Part III

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary The Fundamentalist Viewpoint In the preceding subsection of this series we pointed out that if “God” truly exists and created every single thing in existence—both seen and unseen—then it necessarily follows that He created evil too. We also pointed out previously that Christians need only turn to Isaiah. 45:7; John 1:3; and Colossians 1:16 in their bible to see who Scripture ascribes the creation of evil to, prima facie. Yet so many…
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The Atheist and the Good Christian

A Social Commentary In recent decades atheists have seen a remarkable increase in the number of Americans joining their ranks—right along with an increase in antipathy towards the Christians that make up the religious right. And why not? Far too many far-right Christians have made transforming the United States into as close to a theocracy as possible their life’s mission. “Reclaiming America for Christ!” is what some of their leaders have labeled this pipe-dream; insisting…
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Why Did “Doubting Thomas” . . . “Doubt”?

A Bible-Related Commentary One of the most peculiar episodes one encounters in the gospel chronicles centers on Apostle Thomas Didymus’ startling unwillingness to believe Jesus actually arose from the dead. “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and…
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