What if God is just probable? and the Fine Tuning Argument – Ratio Christi Lecture

This week at Ratio Christi we discussed the argument from fine tuning.  The content comes largely from On Guard by William Lane Craig. We pointed out that it is a probabilistic argument.  This means that if the argument is successful, then its conclusion is merely probably true.  The deductive arguments we have looked at in … More What if God is just probable? and the Fine Tuning Argument – Ratio Christi Lecture

How Does the Big Bang Imply that God Exists? – Ratio Christi Lecture Notes

This week’s session focused on the Kalam Comological Argument for God’s existence.  The argument’s premises are: Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe has a cause. We pointed out that premise one is almost undeniable.  It is common sense that something cannot come, uncaused, from nothing. … More How Does the Big Bang Imply that God Exists? – Ratio Christi Lecture Notes

How to Have Hard and Important Conversations – Ratio Christi Lecture summary

Our lecture tonight primarily focused on style.  While the remainder of our time will be spent on what to say in spiritual conversations, tonight we wanted to focus on how to say it.   We first compared the style of the Nigerian Prince scammers with our typical presentation of the gospel.  We saw that it … More How to Have Hard and Important Conversations – Ratio Christi Lecture summary

Theistic Evolution and Evil

William Dembski writes about the response to the problem of evil known as theistic evolution. [1] Theistic evolution in general tries to reconcile evolutionary theory with theistic belief. The position holds that God engineered the origin of species utilizing the evolutionary process. Gerald Rau further breaks down theistic evolution into two categories: planned evolution and … More Theistic Evolution and Evil

Oneness Pentacostalism

Ron Rhodes discusses Oneness Pentecostalism (hereinafter OP) in this week’s reading. [1] Rhodes identifies the following primary doctrinal distinctives of this group: The view that Jesus is the one true God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) The denial of the trinity A view of salvation that entails faith, repentance, water baptism in the name of … More Oneness Pentacostalism

Scientology and Christianity

Ron Rhodes describes scientology of as a cult that “focuses heavily on self-empowerment and self-improvement.” [1] This is done primarily through self-help lectures/courses and a process called auditing. In this process a representative of scientology (an auditor) will meet with someone and perform what seems from Rhodes description to be a sort of counseling session, … More Scientology and Christianity

LDS Truth Claims

Ron Rhodes discusses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (hereinafter “Mormons” or “LDS”) in chapter 3 of his book.  He gives an informative overview of their origins and history before exploring the critical points of difference between their beliefs and those of orthodox Christianity.  This is then followed by a discussion of challenges … More LDS Truth Claims