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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Questions For Atheists (*) REGARDING:

          *…and seekers, agnostics, fence-sitters, non-Christians and lapsed Christians

TRUTH
1.    What or whom do you consider to be YOUR chosen intellectual starting point, your supreme authority for knowledge, your final standard for truth?  Why?
2.    Would you consider turning skepticism on itself and examine your own assumptions?
3.    If God exists, could Christianity be exclusively true?

MATTER IN MOTION
1.    Is the material reality the only reality (are we just material creatures in a material world and nothing more)?
2.    Is reductive materialism synonymous with reason and science? Why?

AFTERLIFE
1.    What happens after we die?
2.    Do you KNOW there is nothing more beyond death? How?
3.    Isn’t the Christian’s hope for heaven a better bet than the atheist’s hope there is no hell?
4.    If God does exist as Biblically revealed, would hindsight on Judgment Day render Christians inappropriately prejudiced or gullible?

SUPERNATURAL
1.    Is there a supernatural realm, a reality that lies outside sense perception and outside the reach of modern science? If not, how do you know?
2.    Is God a byproduct of wishful thinking? Why?

MIRACLES
1.    Can bona fide miracles happen?  If not, why not?
2.    If a Supernatural Transcendent Causal Agent does exist, with or without our acknowledgment, and if He (let's say) was so powerful that He could think all Universal matter, space, time and energy into existence from nothing, wouldn't creating life, parting the Red Sea, turning water into wine, healing the sick, revealing His nature through Divinely inspired Biblical authors and raising a Loved One from the dead be child's play? (Yes or No)

SCIENCE
1.    Is science the only means of gaining reliable knowledge? Why?
2.    Is belief in God a byproduct of ignoring science? Why?
3.    Does faith in God mean one has to relinquish science and reason?
4.    Can scientific claims be faith-based?

ORIGINS
1.    Do you believe that the Universe expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day?
2.    Rewinding back to the origin of the Universe, how much matter can be put into zero spatial volume?
3.    If a Supernatural Transcendent Causal Agent does NOT exist, what brought the Universe into existence?
4.    Can you provide EMPIRICAL evidence for ANYTHING spontaneously appearing out of nowhere?
5.    What is your best explanation for the origins of intelligent life? Why?

DESIGN & ORDER
1.    If there is no God, how do you explain the high degree of design and order in the Universe?

EVOLUTION
1.    Is the theory of evolution THE refutation to divine creation? Why?
2.    Is the theory of macro-evolution a scientific fact? How do you know?
3.    Aren’t our genetic components exactly the same as mice, not apes? Wouldn’t that make our common ancestor more likely to be a mouse based on evolutionary theory?
4.    In relation to all other ‘descendents’, why are the following ‘Cultural Big Bangs’ unique only to the human species?

a. Creating and wearing clothing
b. Creating and wearing jewelery
c. Creating and using advanced tools
d. Creating and dancing to music
e. Creating and cherishing art
f.  Linguistic evolution
g. Creating symbols and writing languages
h. Writing about the future
i. Succeeding agriculturally
j. Celebrating birth
k. Burying the dead
l. Worshiping God(s)


FOSSIL RECORD
1.    How do you account for the Cambrian Explosion?  What is your evidence?
2.    Can you provide specific evidence for species-to-species transitional forms in the fossil record?

ARCHAEOLOGY
1.    How do you account for the vast archaeological documentation of Biblical stories, places, and people?

 INFORMATION
1.    Regarding the information encoded in DNA, if a supernatural transcendent Almighty God did not author it, what did?  How do you know?
2.    Do you object to the notion of Intelligent Design because of your lack of religious values?

THE IMMATERIAL
1.    Are there subjective or immaterial experiences and entities? How do you know?
2.    In an all-material Universe, how do YOU account for the immaterial Laws of Logic, Science, Math, Morality and Uniformity of Nature?
3.    What or whom is your final reference point required to make facts and laws intelligible?   
4.    Is love material? Beauty? Consciousness? Logic? Reason? How are they empirically measured? How much does the number nine weigh?
5.    Where does thought come from? Is there a non-material mind that transcends the physical brain? How do you empirically know?
6.    Can you empirically observe your mind (not your brain)? If not, does it exist?

 

EVIL
1.    Do you acknowledge the existence of evil (at least in your practice if not in your beliefs)?
2.    When you complain about the problem of evil, aren’t you presupposing God?
3.    If God does NOT exist, can 'good' and 'evil' exist?  If yes, by whose ultimate authority and how is each empirically measured?

MORALITY
1.    What is the basis for the common moral values Christians and non-Christians, as a whole, seem to share?
2.    Per the atheist worldview, is society ‘really’ evolving for the better? Why?
3.    Would you agree with this statement: “Child pornography is immoral even though morality cannot be proven scientifically in a laboratory experiment?”  If so, what is the genetic source of morality if humans have descended from apes?
4.    HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO: Immediately after marrying, you and your wife attempted pregnancy. You tried conceiving for two years with no success. Requiring surgery, your wife was put under anesthesia nine months before your first child was born. While unconscious, the doctor decided to have his way with your wife. His male staff assistant watched, waiting his turn. Each unleashed their gift of procreation in her prior to completing the minor surgical procedure. That night, the two of you took full advantage of the fact she was ovulating. Unbeknownst to either of you, the doctor's sperm out swam yours. Your wife never knew she was raped while unconscious, nor did you, and no other human being ever found out - there were no consequences to this act except the celebrated arrival of a beautiful, baby boy named after his Father. QUESTION: Was it absolutely wrong for the doctor and his assistant to gang-rape your wife? Why?
5.    Where does the non-believer’s conscience get its authority from?
6.    In an all-natural, all-material world, how did ‘oughts’ evolve from physical matter?  When, and how do you know?

GOD
1.    If you ARE God’s creation, isn’t it true your present attitude is unfair to Him? Insulting, actually?  And you thus have very good reason to deny His existence because you deserve punishment for your utter disregard?
2.    Are you willing to follow the evidence where it leads, and consider the “cumulative case” for God’s existence?  If not, why?
3.    Are you right about God? How do you know?
4.    If you are not right about God, do you know how to GET right with God?

DISBELIEF IN GOD
1.    What do you consider to be the single most compelling reason to believe God does NOT exist?  Why?
2.    If God does exist, do you have a subjective desire that He not exist?  Why?
3.    Are there any practical benefits to atheism?  If so, what are they and why?
4.    What would it take for you to believe in God’s existence?
5.    If you found the Biblical God does indeed exist, would your life change for the better or worse? Why?

BIBLE
1.    Have you ever actually read the Bible?
2.    If the Biblical God DOES exist, could a lack of Biblical knowledge explain good atheism?
3.    Would you be willing to read the Gospel of John, just once, as if it were true and Jesus was smart?

PROPHESY
1.    Since absolutely no Bible prophecy has ever failed (and there are hundreds), how can one realistically remain unconvinced that the Bible is of Divine origin?
2.    How do you explain David's graphic portrayal of Jesus' death by crucifixion (Psalm 22) 1000 years before Christ lived?
3.    How do you explain that the prophet Daniel prophesied the exact YEAR when the Christ would be presented as Messiah and also prophesied that the temple would be destroyed afterwards over 500 years in advance (Daniel 9:24-27)?
4.    How could any mere human pinpoint the precise birth town of the Messiah seven full centuries before the fact, as did the prophet Micah?

CHRISTIANITY
1.     Are there any practical benefits to Christianity? If so, what are they and why?  If not, why?
2.    Is there a difference between “Christianity” and “Religion”?  If so, what is it?  If not, why?
3.    Do you fully understand WHAT Christians believe?
4.    Do you know what the Gospel is?

JESUS CHRIST
1.    Who do YOU say Jesus Christ is?  Why?
2.    If you do not believe in Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, why?
3.    What are the implications for YOU if Jesus Christ was raised from the dead?
4.    Are you fully familiar with the body of historical evidence relating to the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

JUST CURIOUS
1.    If caterpillars could talk, would they argue against the cocoon-of-the-gaps with their butterfly friends?
2.    If there was a Big Bang, where did the bullets come from? Who pulled the trigger and who manufactured the gun?
3.    How does science weigh morality?  Does ‘goodness’ expand when frozen or rise when heated?
4.    If man is just an evolved animal, why have we never observed another species thrilling in the beauty of a sunset or a picturesque mountain view?
5.    While you’ve most likely heard, “Forever’s a long time to be wrong,” have you ever considered it’s also a “long time to be right?”

 
Do you know The Gospel (Good News)?

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