Skip to Content
 

Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Could God have used fallible people to write an infallible book?

This question suffers from an unfortunate ambiguity.  Normally, when one speaks of fallibility, it is the mere capacity for error that is in view.  Thus one can be fallible—and thus have the capacity for error—even though on any given occasion one might perform a task...


IF God exists, He’s maniacal. If He WANTED to forgive sin, He’s 'all-powerful' and 'all-loving' – He could just, SHAZAM, forgive sin. Instead, He sends down His only Son to be slaughtered and murdered to take care of the sin problem. Now THAT’S evil!

If God were to forgive sin apart from the atonement of Jesus, it would follow that wronging another (which every sin does) is not sufficient to warrant punishment. If this is the case, then it follows that God may allow one person to be harmed at the hands of another without requiring the...


I hear a lot about “intelligent design.” Has this now proven God and falsified evolution?

While perhaps overstatement to say it has falsified evolution, it certainly has made it uneasy.  Intelligent Design is a research program whereby scientifically testable criteria are put forth for the detection of design in nature.  Though spearheaded by William Dembski (a Christian),...


How would you respond to Victor Stenger’s stinging assertion that religious argument leads universally to dismal failure and untold suffering?

I would respond by saying that the very science he seeks to utilize so zealously is hanging in mid-air apart from philosophical presuppositions about the reality of the external world, the uniformity of nature, the capacity of the mind to understand the world—these most basic commitments...


Can we really be certain that God exists? If there is one thing that’s obvious, it is that the existence of God is NOT obvious.

In order to properly address this question, it will be helpful to distinguish between proof and persuasion, or—alternatively—between certainty as such and the right to be certain.  Certainty, as it is being used in the question above, seems to be referring to a psychological state; people feel...


I prayed, "Dear God, forgive me. I’m sorry. Jesus wasn’t a myth." No bear hugs from God. No ‘truth switch’ turned on. It’s still all nonsense. Why?

God rarely (if ever) simply imparts knowledge to people unless they are being asked to speak on his behalf (as in the case of prophets).  The promise is, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened.  This implies action, rather than a passive request for enlightenment....


If Christian arguments are sound and cogent, then why aren’t they universally accepted? Even many CHRISTIANS have objected to the propriety of even offering such arguments. Ever hear of Reformed Epistemology?

The questioner seems to be saying that because Christian arguments are not universally accepted, they are not likely to be cogent and sound.  But surely that is itself an argument that would hardly be met with universal agreement and therefore ought to be judged (by its own lights) likely...


If there is such good evidence for the existence of the Biblical God, why don’t more people believe in him? Are we just all 'suppressed'?!

Belief is as much (and likely more) a matter of the will than of the mind given that the will can control the mind much more readily than the mind can control the will in some instances.  By closing their and plugging their ears, in the midst of the light shining and the music playing one can...


Atheism is the DEFAULT position. The burden of proof is on the Christian asserting God exists. All we're asking is to see the convincing emperical EVIDENCE.

Please refer to the answer to:Can we really be sure that God exists? If there is one thing that’s obvious, it is that the existence of God is NOT obvious.More to the point, as noted earlier, many atheists are convinced that “He who asserts must prove.” Oddly enough, this is itself merely asserted...


Isn’t it more plausible to suppose that all that exists is matter, since such an account posits only a single kind of substance whereas theistic accounts must posit something else in addition to matter? Ever heard of Ockham’s Razor?

Somewhat humorously, one may begin by pointing out that Occam's Razor is not material, in that it is a methodological principle and as such is abstract rather than concrete.  Secondly, the existence of matter is not sufficient to explain the existence even of material things.  Any...