Philosophy

A reader writes: How can it be said that God created the universe if the universe already had an existence in the Mind of God before "creation?" Isn’t the universe therefore an emanation of God? Let’s deal with the first question first. The answer is that the universe DIDN’T exist prior to its creation by […]

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The BBC is holding an Internet vote for the Greatest Philosopher. Of the options listed, I voted for Thomas Aquinas–hands down (though others including Plato, Aristotle, Renee Descartes, and Ludwig Wittgenstein were also attractive) CAST YOUR OWN VOTE. Unfortunately, they don’t tell you who is currently ahead in the voting, so I guess we’ll have […]

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Logic Help

by Jimmy Akin

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A reader writes: I have to write an essay about " why logic is important " in my philosophy class, but i donot have many ideas to write it. Can you help me or show me how to fine some informations online. A) The basic reason why logic is important is that the rules of […]

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Emotivism

by Jimmy Akin

in Philosophy

A reader writes: I love your blog! And apologetics articles by that James Akin guy were also very helpful when I was coming back to the faith – could you let him know? Who’s James Akin? Anyway, a very quick email – I am having a dialogue with someone whose ethical philosophy is explicitly emotivist […]

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The Burden of Proof

by Jimmy Akin

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Down yonder, I wrote: I say the burden of proof is on them because I don’t believe the claim (I think it’s a myth), and the burden of proof is always on the person you disagree with. Following, which a reader wrote: Jimmy, You wrote: "the burden of proof is always on the person you […]

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Aristotle On Youth

by Jimmy Akin

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Speaking of Aristotle’s (blindingly obvious) observation that young people are reckless and like to have fun, here’s his description of young men and their character. Sound like anybody you know (or may have been)? Young men have strong passions, and tend to gratify them indiscriminately. Of the bodily desires, it is the sexual by which […]

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One of the things Gary Habermas asked Antony Flew about in their interview was what certain 20th century philosophers would have thought if they were still alive and had they seen modern apologetic advances and Flew’s apparent acceptance of belief in God. One of these philosophers was A. J. Ayer, who was one of the […]

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One of the things Gary Habermas asked Antony Flew about in their interview was what certain 20th century philosophers would have thought if they were still alive and had they seen modern apologetic advances and Flew’s apparent acceptance of belief in God. One of these philosophers was A. J. Ayer, who was one of the […]

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Whoa! CHECK THIS OUT! According to Rationalist International, Antony Flew has issued a statement affirming atheism and appearing to suggest that, although he notes the advance of science-oriented arguments for the existence of God, he has not been convinced by them. Something is rotten in Denmark (and, well, most of the rest of Europe, anyway). […]

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Whoa! CHECK THIS OUT! According to Rationalist International, Antony Flew has issued a statement affirming atheism and appearing to suggest that, although he notes the advance of science-oriented arguments for the existence of God, he has not been convinced by them. Something is rotten in Denmark (and, well, most of the rest of Europe, anyway). […]

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