World Religions and Cults (vol 2)
Along with numerous other authors including Don Landis, Bodie Hodge and Roger Patterson,
Timothy McCabe contributes analyses of various world religions and cults in this volume
from Master Books.
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Does God make us sin?
If God made everything, does He make us sin? Recognized as one of the most critical aspects of
the philosophical question known as “the problem of evil”, responses to this question from
Christians have been both incredibly diverse and strenuously adamant. And often,
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If God knows the future, do I have a choice?
There are many who insist that a choice, a true choice, cannot be foreknown. The outcome cannot be
predetermined, or it isn’t really a choice. They recognize that if the outcome is predetermined,
then the one who chooses could never have chosen otherwise...
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Resolving the Münchhausen Trilemma
Standard epistemology paradigms are often criticized for not delivering on ultimate justification
for claims. However, humans all recognize a simple mechanism that really does ultimately justify claims.
Why then does the Münchhausen trilemma get any traction? Simple: successful epistemology
requires submission to God.
Why Care About Jesus?
What does a 2,000 year-old crucified Jew have to do with anyone today? Why do Christians insist
that Jesus matters? What does it mean when we say Jesus died for us? How does his death benefit me?
Deductive Proof of a Rational God
Is it really possible to deductively prove the existence of a rational God? The answer, believe it
or not, lies in the question itself. Is it possible to prove anything at all? Where to we get the
idea of proof from? What is our framework for thought, and is it actually rational?
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"Does the "problem of evil" show that an all-good, all-powerful, all-knowing god cannot exist?"
The "problem of evil" generally goes something like this. 1. If God had all-power over our universe, he would have been able to prevent the wickedness of Adolf Hitler. 2. If God had all-knowledge of our universe, he would have known how to prevent the wickedness of Adolf Hitler. 3. If God were all-good, he would have wanted to prevent the wickedness of Adolf Hitler. 4. Adolf Hitler was wicked in our universe. 5.
"You say past time can't be infinite or we would never get to the present. Isn't that just Zeno's Paradox?"
No. Zeno's Paradox takes several forms. I'll just examine one of them -- the one that appears to me to be most pertinent to the question asked. According to Aristotle, "That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal". Imagine your house is sixty miles from your office. Before you can go sixty miles, you must first go thirty. But before you can go thirty, you must first go fifteen.
"Why do Christians accept the Torah?"
Christians accept the Pentateuch and the rest of the Old Testament because Jesus, who is God in the flesh, accepts and teaches them (Matthew 4:4, 4:7, 4:10, 8:4; Mark 7:10, 10:2-3, 12:26; Luke 16:31, 20:37, 24:27, 24:44; John 1:45, 3:14, 5:45-46, 7:22). Jesus was born into the tribe of Judah, a legal descendent of King David of Israel, as a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (1 Kings 9:5; Luke 1:32).