Category Archives: Defensive Apologetics

A Response to the Argument from the Hiddenness of God

While some take arguments of this sort to be prima facie cogent, a closer look, however, demonstrates otherwise. The argument is based on a gross theological misunderstanding; it also relies heavily upon an unjustified assumption. Let us start by stating the argument in a formally valid structure. In so doing, we will make explicit the hidden assumptions underlying this instantiation of improper reasoning: If God exists (P), He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent (Q). If God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent (Q), then He is willing and able to provide the evidence He knows I need in order to be convinced of His existence (R). If God is willing and …

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The Solution to the Omniscience / Free Will Dilemma

Have you ever heard someone ask, “If God is omniscient (i.e., all-knowing) and therefore already knows what I am going to choose, then how am I free to choose?” What the question is fundamentally asking is, How can God’s omniscience and human libertarian free will possibly coexist?Before answering the question, let us first define some terms. The standard definition of omniscience says that, for any person \(S\), \(S\) is omniscient if and only if \(S\) knows all true propositions and believes no false proposition. What this entails is that God, being omniscient, must know the truth value of all future tense propositions (e.g., Jones will sign with the Saints); He …

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