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If the Bible contains circular reasoning, does it discredit it?

Circular reasoning doesn't "discredit" any point of view --if anything, it demonstrates internal consistency. However, it also doesn't provide any external support for a point of view. It has no ...
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Is God either immoral or not omnipotent?

I don't think this is an answer, but its a long series of comments. TLDR; there are many more considerations to the problem of evil than you seem to address. You've missed a key element of Leibniz's ...
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Who are the most prominent Christian philosophers of the 21st century?

I'm not sure how to give an exhaustive list of prominent philosophers who are also Christians, but some philosophers who come to mind are: Bas van Fraassen, Michael Dummett (recently deceased), ...
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Was Plato influenced by Moses?

I do not remember any passage where Plato refers to the Jewish religion or to Jewish mythology. Sometimes Plato refers to myths he pretends to have heard from Egyptians and possibly he invented some ...
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Is God either immoral or not omnipotent?

Why not create a world with freedom of the will, but without suffering? This seems to allow two possibilities: No wrong choices are allowed. Wrong choices do not cause suffering. To assert 1. would ...
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Are there any counterarguments to the criticism of Christianity as too local in time and space?

You have lighted on the soteriological problem of evil (Gk σωτηρία = sōtēria = salvation). This is the evil supposedly inflicted on the innocent in an afterlife - innocent (a) because they have grown ...
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How similar are Taoism and Christianity?

Speaking from personal experience as a Christian with Taoist sympathies, although it's far from a mainstream line of thought in either Christian or Taoist circles, the cause of reconciling the two is ...
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Does believing in a Christian God logically imply believing in miracles?

Miracles and Providence in Christian theism As you are asking about Christianity, I think the first place to start is by noting that Christianity is explicitly opposed to Deism, the belief that God ...
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The concept of eudaimonia

Eudaimonia, happiness, and well-being The standard definition of eudaimonia used to be that it denotes happiness. In recent decades a more satisfactory rendering has been found in notions such as ...
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How similar are Taoism and Christianity?

Taoism is quite different from christianity, specially in morality and ethics (i.e. considering what is right and what is wrong), since: In Taoism every concept appears immediately with their ...
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Who are the most prominent Christian philosophers of the 21st century?

Edward Feser—most well-known for his The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide, and Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction*—is one of the most ...
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Is God either immoral or not omnipotent?

The issue is you're approaching the problem in a different direction. The theodicy you lay out is derived from these premises: God is moral, and logically cannot be the source of evil Evil exists ...
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If the Bible contains circular reasoning, does it discredit it?

A presence of circular reasoning does not automatically, or necessarily at all, discredit a publication. Circular reasoning may indicate a lack of external support for some argument expressed in a ...
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If the Bible contains circular reasoning, does it discredit it?

Just to be clear from the outset, there is no instance of which I know where the Bible employs circular reasoning. There are plenty of examples of Christians misusing the Bible to employ circular ...
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How consistent is Christian theology compared to Islamic and Buddhist theologies?

On religious views inconsistency is not necessarily a fault, after all God is supposed to surpass human reason and logic. And many paradoxical notions come from general monotheistic doctrines, like ...
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What puts Christians off "hard determinism"?

Hard deterninism “Physical determinism” (hereinafter “determinism” [or 'hard determinism' - GT]) is a partial and unprovable hypothesis about the history, present state, and future of ...
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Who is Kierkegaard's knight of faith?

The passage is a bit difficult to follow and if memory serves there's quite a bit of literature out there trying to figure out exactly what the distinction between a knight of faith and knight of ...
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What are all attributes of God and what is the manner of knowing them according to Aquinas?

God's attributes known negatively Following St. Damascene (De Fide Orth. i, 4), St. Thomas Aquinas writes (Summa Theologica I q. 2 a. 2 arg. 2): we cannot know in what God's essence consists, but ...
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Question about the Thomistic view of God's attributes

What you seem to be running into here is the change in philosophy from the schoolmen to the moderns. In the course of that transition, several philosophical concepts were replaced with other concepts ...
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Was Plato influenced by Moses?

At least one well-respected, contemporary scholar of the Hebrew Scriptures, Margaret Barker, argues that Plato knew of them, though she acknowledges her view as in the minority: The early ...
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What are the philosophical issues with a non-spatial, non-temporal Being creating a spatial, temporal universe?

There are no philosophical issues with a creation that cannot prove its creator per se. After all, we have theories that cannot prove their own consistency. Similarly a none measurable entity having ...
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Who are the most prominent Christian philosophers of the 21st century?

I would say the most important (maybe not always very popular. At least not in the states) are: David Bentley Hart, Richard G. Swinburne, Rowan Williams, Keith Ward, Roger Scruton and of course Robert ...
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Nietzsche a Reluctant or Triumphant Atheist?

Nietzsche does not seem to rejoice in the reality of atheism in any of his works. He doesn't seem to regret it either (as it just is). As to nihilism, he saw it as a crisis, a crisis that must be ...
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Does providence imply the same thing as fate in Christianity?

I take this to be a question about the relation between two concepts and as such a properly philosophical question. An illuminating answer cannot be peeled from the pages of a dictionary. Providence ...
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Are there any counterarguments to the criticism of Christianity as too local in time and space?

This is what I call the "problem of specificity" as relates to Jesus Christ: Why born in Israel, why human, why male, why Jewish, why born around the year we now call 1 AD, and why living only 33 ...
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Christianity and innocent victims

If you are asking about what happens during natural life on Earth, Christianity doesn't say that God's help means a person will be successful, wealthy, and at ease. On the contrary, Christianity's ...
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If everything that happens is "part of God's plan", how can anything be immoral?

As preliminary, the question concerns the possibility of human morality if humans do not have free will. Fatalism claims that God(s) is(are) the only Agent(s), that is, the only one(s) with free will....
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If the bible says 'Thou shalt not judge' why do people judge LGBT lifestyle?

You need to take what the Bible says in context. This is what Jesus Christ said: Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye ...
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