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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 the Skeptic's Prayer a valid scientific experiment?

This must be one of the grossest attempts at manipulating one's readership I have ever seen. The proposed "experiment" can never fail because the authors carefully planted 3 escape routes ...
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Is Christianity testable?

Is John Lennox's defense of the testability of Christianity sound? No. It's true that Christianity as a religion contains some testable claims, but the implication – that therefore Christianity is ...
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Is Christianity testable?

TL;DR Testable claims are testable, untestable claims are not testable, and it's easy to confuse the two when they appear to be one package. People who study comparative religion tend to distinguish ...
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Is Christianity testable?

We have to start from the neutral observation that while Lennox is deliberately using scientific terminology, and explicitly placing it in a scientific context, he is NOT using the term in the same ...
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Is the Skeptic's Prayer a valid scientific experiment?

It is a test of whether you can be talked into religious belief. In that respect it is rather a pointless test, since billions of people all over the world are ample proof that it is possible to be ...
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

First, concerning “the belief in a rational and orderly universe” one can just quote wikipedia: The philosopher Pythagoras used the term kosmos (Ancient Greek: κόσμος, Latinized kósmos) for the order ...
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

Even if the premise that Christianity provided the right environment for science to be born were true, it does not follow that it is necessary for it. That Christian countries developed science, were ...
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Is Christianity testable?

Well, he's playing with polysemy, but what he really says is that it's testable in the sense of someone adopting it may have beneficial results. Of course there's the issue what the control group is ...
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Is Christianity testable?

Not really. Firstly you need to be clear what you mean by testing Christianity. It's a bit like testing a person- there are hundreds of different attributes, some of which are testable and some are ...
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Is the Skeptic's Prayer a valid scientific experiment?

No, it is not a scientific experiment, because there is no objective way to determine the outcome. First, by refusing to set a time limit, the proposal protects itself against falsification; the "...
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

Maybe my first installment was a bit rushed so let me try and improve it a little. The claim that science originates from Christian thought is vastly overblown. First because it ignores the scientific ...
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Atheists who follow the teachings of Jesus

Being a cultural but not religious/theological adherent is far more common in Judaism, & increasingly Islam. There are reasons for that, not least that apostasy in Christian countries has not been ...
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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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Is Christianity testable?

From the short video by John Lennox I understand that he proclaims Christianity to be an evidence based religion. He repeats two basic statements of Christianity: Jesus is the son of God, Jesus is ...
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Is Christianity testable?

Firstly no, because he is cherry-picking evidence In order for his claim to be valid, he would have to track the number of people went into a church and felt nothing. He would also have to track the ...
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Is Christianity testable?

Allow me to be uncomfortably philosophical for a moment. This question — and in fact this entire (oh so irritating) dispute — rests on a fundamental misunderstanding. Most everyone holds the naïve ...
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Is the Skeptic's Prayer a valid scientific experiment?

All practical arts use experiments to see what works, and lots of science does not do experiments, so despite what they say in high school classes about science, experiments aren't really what makes a ...
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Is the Skeptic's Prayer a valid scientific experiment?

I agree with what others have said about falsifiability and questioning what this would actually prove. Another consideration is that a sample size of 1 tends to be an indication that you're not doing ...
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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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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

I would argue the core structures of science, the discoursive method of mutual pursuit of truth, academia and the idea of a universal education, were all from the Ancient Greeks. Christianity involved ...
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Is Christianity testable?

So, the view that things can be tested and evidence (SEP) can be considered is evidentialism. But just what constitutes evidence can be given a very wide berth. For instance, an astrologer claims to ...
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Is Christianity testable?

There are certainly formerly unhappy Christians who broke away from their religion and were happy ever after. They just don't tend to stand up in Lennox's lectures, so he isn't aware of them. I'm all ...
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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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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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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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