Here’s a challenge I received from an atheist on Twitter:
Is a God who endorses slavery worth following and truly moral?
How would you respond to someone who said this to you? I think you could come at this from different directions. You could respond to the slavery part, or challenge him on the concept of something being “truly moral,” or do both. Tell us what you would say in the comments below. Then come back here on Thursday to hear how Brett would answer this challenge.
For this week’s challenge, here’s a comment left by an atheist on this blog:
I have always wondered about the statement that “something cannot come from nothing.” Isn't this a complete refutation of the ex nihilo creation? If something cannot be created from nothing, there cannot be a created universe since there is nothing to create from. Adding “magic” or “supernatural” to the equation does not solve anything since “magic” is by definition doing something impossible.
However, if for any reason we assume God can create something indeed out of nothing, then the premise “something cannot come from nothing” is false.
If it’s really the case that “something can’t come from nothing,” does that prove creation ex nihilo is impossible? If we believe in creation ex nihilo, does consistency demand we stop using the claim “something can’t come from nothing” to challenge atheists?
Take a shot at answering this challenge in the comments below. Alan will be here on Thursday to give his response.
Here’s a challenge I was just asked to respond to:
When did you choose your heterosexuality?
Though it’s a short question, this is actually a more complicated challenge because there are numerous hidden assumptions in this question. What questions would you ask to help your friend clarify his position and get to the bottom of what he is really claiming? What do you think that rock bottom claim is that you should head for? How would you respond to that claim? What other aspects of this issue might come up while you’re both working through this objection?
We look forward to hearing your thoughts! Check back here on Thursday to hear Alan’s response.