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Ex Nihilo Nonnihil Fit: “from nothing something comes”

Can we imagine the universe spontaneously emerging from nothing? I would have thought that the answer would obviously and logically be no—as long as nothing is understood as it was in classical philosophy and theology: the absence of any thing … Continue reading

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“I see no God up here”: Gagarin and the Invisible Gardener

After Yuri Gagarin’s famous flight into outer space, Nikita Khrushchev addressed a plenary session of the Central Committee and vigorously commended Communism’s campaign against religion: “Why are you clinging to God?” he asked. “Here Gagarin flew into space and didn’t … Continue reading

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The Problem of Divine Hiddenness: It Even Gets Worse After Pascha

by Alexander Earl Most people are familiar with the problem of evil: how could an all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful God be consistent with the existence of evil? After all, if God is all-good he abhors evil, if he is all-knowing … Continue reading

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How to be an Atheist

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St Thomas Aquinas and the Contuition of Divinity

I begin with confession: I do not know if the five ways of St Thomas Aquinas succeed as proofs for the existence of God. I lack the competence (and can confidently say, will always lack the competence) to offer an … Continue reading

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Can Reason Prove the Existence of God?

Back in 1974, after five or six years of atheism, I began to believe in the existence of God. I couldn’t have been more surprised. I thought my atheism was rock-solid. So what effected the change? A philosophical argument. Yes, … Continue reading

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Why Denial of Divine Simplicity Implies Atheism

For much of my theological life, I have not understood the notion of divine simplicity nor thought it important to understand. What has divine simplicity to do with the lively God of the Bible‽ Even after I began to read … Continue reading

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Hitting a Royal Flush and the Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God

One of our Eclectic Orthodoxy readers yesterday brought to my attention this discussion between Hans Halvorson and Sean Carroll. It’s a thoughtful discussion and I commend it to my readers. I was pleased to see Halvorson raising questions about the … Continue reading

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