Is Faith Futile In the Face of the Coronavirus?

Everyone is talking about the Coronavirus. And for good reason. I’m sure we can agree that we’ve never seen anything quite like this in our lifetime. Tragedy often drives people to their favorite soapbox. And this is true with this pandemic, as some atheists have used it as evidence that faith is untrue and worthless.  Here’s an article titled “As Coronavirus Spreads, the Futility of Religion Becomes Obvious“. I’ll quote his main points:  “Many believers face these choices as the coronavirus spreads. There is no religious response to the pandemic unless we count abandoning religious rules in favor of science and medicine. Faced with these choices, most people accept that religion is pointless, at best, … Read more

Podcast Episode 2 – Answering Ehrman: Why We Won’t Abuse Our Free Will in Heaven

Noted agnostic and Biblical scholar says that the free-will defense doesn’t get God off the hook for allowing evil, mainly because Christians are committed to the doctrine of heaven. If God can have a perfect world where people don’t abuse their free will, why not just create us in that world? This is a common objection that Ehrman says the Bible doesn’t adequately answer. Here I hope to show that the Bible actually does have a lot to say in answering this tough objection. Recommended links: Unbelievable? 10 Jan 2009 The problem of suffering – Ehrman & Swinburne Blog post by myself on the topic Blog post by Dr. Clay Jones – Ehrman’s Problem 4: … Read more

Answering Ehrman: Why We Won’t Lose or Abuse Free Will in Heaven

The problem of evil comes up a lot when talking to non-believers. If you haven’t got the question about why an all-good, all-powerful God allows evil, you need to step out more. Why are there suicide bombers, school shooters and people that eat Tide Pods? Why does God allow such pointless evils? The standard Christian rejoinder is that God gave man free will. He doesn’t want Stepford Wives, he wants people who can make free choices. Free will makes love possible, but it also makes evil possible as well. Now that’s not a bad response to the problem of moral evil. There’s a problem, though. Christians are also committed to the idea that the saints … Read more

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