Atheism

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Atheist’s Own Words on Atheism

http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2012/05/apologetics-atheists-quotes-on-atheism.html

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Definition of atheism

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/definition-of-atheism

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Do Atheists Lack Belief in God?

http://www.str.org/articles/do-atheists-lack-belief-in-god#.UvwlM7SReYw

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If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our [Russian] people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Templeton Address, London, 10 May 1983.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2014/01/07/forgotten/

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Why is There Something Rather than Nothing?

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2010/10/why-is-there-something-rather-than-nothing/

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http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-something-rather-than-nothing-the-only-six-options/

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Convince Me There’s A God – Causality

http://faithandselfdefense.com/2013/02/03/convince-me-theres-a-god-causality/

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Three Paradoxes of Atheism

http://www.shenvi.org/Essays/ThreeParadoxes.htm

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The Catch-22 of Atheism

http://hcchristian.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/the-catch-22-of-atheism/

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If all the mutations that drive evolution were simply random and equally distributed, it would proceed at an impossibly slow and inefficient pace.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/science/probably-approximately-correct-explores-natures-algorithms.html?ref=science&_r=0&pagewanted=print

Also from that article:

We need to explain how evolution is possible at all, how we got from no life, or from very simple life, to life as complex as we find it on earth today.  This is the BIG question.

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Welcome to the “Necessary Being” interactive survey

http://www.necessarybeing.net/

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Is God Just a Psychological Crutch for the Weak?

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201203/201203_112_Is_God_crutch.cfm

[ Nobody Important  wonders why Dr. Copan didn't mention what  Greg   Koukl  and  Simon Wenham   do.]

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Some atheists say Christianity is just a crutch.  But the axe cuts both ways.

https://www.facebook.com/RatioChristiOhioStateU/posts/411145865634520

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Approaching the Existence of God

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/approaching-the-existence-of-god/

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Is the ‘God Hypothesis’ a Good One if We Can’t Observe That Which It Proposes?

http://ratiochristi.org/uk/blog/post/is-the-god-hypothesis-a-good-one-if-we-cant-observe-it

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Who Made God?

From Common Sense Atheism:[With t]he ‘Who Designed the Designer’ [argument']… [t]he atheist has not offered a strong objection.

http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6113

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If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/if-god-made-the-universe-who-made-god-by-paul-copan/

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[Atheists often] insist that… God MUST be created.  At this point they are not allowing the theist to have an eternal entity in their worldview unless that eternal entity is not God. But, if the atheist is not allowing God as part of the worldview they are critiquing, they are not critiquing theism. They are, in fact, critiquing their own atheism.

http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/who-created-god.html

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Some people just never want to be convinced.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ5XsgJp9g4

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Two Sources of the Knowledge of God

http://meeknessandtruth.org/tools/articles/TwoSourcesofKnowledgeofGod.pdf

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God Has Not Revealed Himself to Me, So He Must Not Exist

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/notseegod.html

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A Look at Two Common Atheist Arguments

http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/a-look-at-two-common-atheist-arguments-13533/

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TWO DOZEN (OR SO) THEISTIC ARGUMENTS

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/philosophy/virtual_library/articles/plantinga_alvin/two_dozen_or_so_theistic_arguments.pdf

[Dr. Plantinga, for those who don't know, is a professor of philosophy (emeritus) at Notre Dame University.]

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William Lane Craig:

Theistic Critiques Of Atheism

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/theistic-critiques-of-atheism

[Dr. Craig, for those who don't know, is a professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology.]

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God Is Not Dead Yet

How current philosophers argue for his existence.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/july/13.22.html?paging=off

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Religious Lies:

[Religious] ‘scams’ include telling people how to live and taking their money ‘all in exchange for an afterlife that does not exist.’

http://blog.al.com/living-times/2010/12/you_know_american_atheists_nat.html

[ Amen  to  that .   All religions  are just  scams  designed to  enslave people  into  gross   intellectual   ignorance  and  self-referential  “moralism”  while  snarfing   money  out of their pockets.]

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Religious History:

The billboard, which is being jointly sponsored by the PA Nonbelievers and the American Atheists, will show an African-American slave wearing a restraining device just below a quote from Colossians 3:22, which says, ‘Slaves, obey your masters.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheist-billboard-to-protest-pennsylvanias-year-of-the-bible-70724/print.html

[Yeah, isn't amazing how stupid Christians are when it comes to  their  own  Bible   and   history ?]

[ Unbelievable .]

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Is religion REALLY the number one cause of war?

http://www.jonsorensen.net/2012/09/18/is-religion-really-the-number-one-cause-of-war/

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Does Religion Cause War?

http://www.blogos.org/compellingtruth/does-religion-cause-war.html

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[Since] naturalism does not provide us with any reason to trust our reason, why should we accept any naturalist reasoning?  And if Christian theism was responsible for the rise of science, why does naturalism so often get the credit for being the more scientific worldview?

http://www.godevidence.com/2012/07/atheism-vs-theism/

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Consciousness:

Are we merely a brain or are we both brain and mind?

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4218239/k.62F8/Mind_Soul_and_Neuroethics.htm

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Consciousness is among the most mystifying features of the cosmos.  [Evolutionist] Geoffrey Madell opines that ‘the emergence of consciousness, then is a mystery, and one to which materialism signally fails to provide an answer.’  [Evolutionist] Colin McGinn claims that its arrival borders on sheer magic because there seems to be no naturalistic explanation for it: ‘How can mere matter originate consciousness?  How did evolution convert the water of biological tissue into the wine of consciousness?  Consciousness seems like a radical novelty in the universe, not prefigured by the after-effects of the Big Bang; so how did it contrive to spring into being from what preceded it?’  Finally, naturalist William Lyons argues that [physicalism] seem[s] to be in tune with the scientific materialism of the twentieth century because it [is] a harmonic of the general theme that all there is in the universe is matter and energy and motion and that humans are a product of the evolution of species just as much as buffaloes and beavers are.  Evolution is a seamless garment with no holes wherein souls might be inserted from above.’

http://www.scriptoriumdaily.com/2008/04/28/the-argument-from-consciousness/

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What you have going on inside of your head is just chemical reactions that are governed by very physicalistic processes.  That which we mistakenly understood to be the mind or the soul is simply the brain, and if it is anything more than the brain, consciousness is a mere property of the brain that kind of rides on top of the physical substance of the brain, much like wetness rides on top of water.  It supervenes upon the brain.  It is temporarily produced by the brain and dependent upon the brain, but there is nothing akin to what we would call a soul. Indeed, there is nobody in there.

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5474

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… there is more to consciousness than physical processes in the brain…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NK1Yo6VbRoo

David Chalmers, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Philosopher of Mind

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Is meaning located in the brain?

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/is-meaning-located-in-the-brain/

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Does Religion Originate in the Brain?

http://www.equip.org/articles/does-religion-originate-in-the-brain-/

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If you start with only matter, you will always have only matter — not mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGFzeAtiE-Q

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The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters

http://inchristus.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/the-soul-how-we-know-its-real-and-why-it-matters/

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‘Atheism is Patriotic’

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/atheists-to-fly-july-4-airplane-banners-in-27-states-god-less-america-atheism-is-patriotic/

[Thank goodness for a refreshing voice of  reason  and  studied   knowledge . ]

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Religious Superstitions:

Superstition is a serious matter in the land of Dracula.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110208/D9L8LR4G1.html

[Don't they also have  werewolves  in the  Land of Dracula ?  Look, people, we live in a  scientifically   enlightened age  now.  Can't we all just get along without the  absurdity of religion  and  other   superstitions ? ]

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Decline in belief in God masks rise in superstition

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/decline_in_belief_in_god_masks_rise_in_superstition

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“… too much of a sense that ‘everything will be just fine’ can be dangerous because it can lead one to be careless about things that are important to health and long life.

http://www.dailylocal.com/articles/2011/04/11/life/srv0000011331137.txt?viewmode=fullstory

[As long as we don't fall into the trap of assuming (like religionists do), that the  same   thing  is true of  eternal   life ,  we can all learn something from this and move on.]

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The atheist is indicating that… he is not open to any kind of evidence, he’s only only open to this particular kind of evidence and this particular experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELuU_-WL-mI&feature=youtu.be

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I swear, when I hear an educated biologist make statements so palpably unaware of what he’s talking about, it makes me see how deeply atheism can corrupt rationality.

http://www.thinkingchristian.net/2012/08/how-deeply-atheism-can-corrupt-rationality/

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Prayer:

We have seen a 600 percent increase in drug arrests…  and prayers have been the [reason why].

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/sheriff-cites-600-percent-boost-in-drug-arrests-since-local-churches-started-praying.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+delicious%2Fgqlf+%28Christian+Headlines+Top+Headlines%29

[ Howexactly , does he know that?]

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Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

This is the subtitle to a new book, Mind and Cosmos, by Thomas Nagel with Oxford University Press.  Nagel is a materialist, not a theist or creationist.

http://sententias.org/2012/06/22/nagel-mind-and-cosmos/

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From a fruitful method, materialism becomes an axiom: If science can’t quantify something, it doesn’t exist, and so the subjective, unquantifiable, immaterial ‘manifest image’ of our mental life is proved to be an illusion.  Here materialism bumps up against itself.  Nagel insists that we know some things to exist even if materialism omits or ignores or is oblivious to them.  Reductive materialism doesn’t account for the ‘brute facts’ of existence — it doesn’t explain, for example, why the world exists at all, or how life arose from nonlife.  Closer to home, it doesn’t plausibly explain the fundamental beliefs we rely on as we go about our everyday business: the truth of our subjective experience, our ability to reason, our capacity to recognize that some acts are virtuous and others aren’t.  These failures, Nagel says, aren’t just temporary gaps in our knowledge, waiting to be filled in by new discoveries in science. On its own terms, materialism cannot account for brute facts.  Brute facts are irreducible, and materialism, which operates by breaking things down to their physical components, stands useless before them.  ‘There is little or no possibility,’ he writes, ‘that these facts depend on nothing but the laws of physics.’  … If materialism is true as an explanation of everything — and they insist it is — then psychological facts, for example, must be reducible to biology, and then down to chemistry, and finally down to physics.  If they weren’t reducible in this way, they would (ta-da!) be irreducible.  And any fact that’s irreducible would, by definition, be uncaused and undetermined; meaning it wouldn’t be material…  Materialism can only be taken seriously as a philosophy through a heroic feat of cognitive dissonance; pretending, in our abstract, intellectual life, that values like truth and goodness have no objective content even as, in our private life, we try to learn what’s really true and behave in a way we know to be good.” 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/articles/heretic_707692.html?nopager=1

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C.S. Lewis and Materialism

http://www.cslewisweb.com/2012/08/c-s-lewis-and-materialism/

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Animated Apologetics: CS Lewis on Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature

http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2013/12/animated-apologetics-cs-lewis-on-miracles-science-and-the-laws-of-nature.htm

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Atheists Claim They Make Better Lovers

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-claim-they-make-better-lovers-69612/print.html

[Maybe, but ASND would like to ask, "Why didn't those atheists cite any  scientific research  behind that assertion?"]

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Atheism As Religion:

Is Humanism a Religion?

http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/10697-is-humanism-a-religion

[For those who don't know, " humanism " today is essentially a euphemism for "atheism."]

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“[Many atheists claim that they] don’t bear the burden of proof in the question of God’s existence because they merely lack the belief in God.”

http://elliottroland.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/burden-of-proof/

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Atheism is a religion, too

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/17/sorry-but-atheism-is-religion/

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God of the Gaps?

Who Really Commits the “God of the Gaps” Fallacy?

http://www.crossexamined.org/articles-detail.asp?ID=87&Title=Who%20Really%20Commits%20the

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Atheism of the GAP

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/atheism-of-the-gap/

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An atheists’ group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has set up an alternative Nativity scene in the Capitol Rotunda.

http://www.channel3000.com/politics/29999554/detail.html

[The "reason for the season," they say, is the winter solstice.  You know, come to think of it, the gravitational alignment of the earth's axis relative to its orbital plane around our star actually IS a  cause for celebration .]

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Inner-city education fails without the church

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2011/06/08/inner-city-education-fails-without-church

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Downgrade nation

Are U.S. economic doldrums tied to a spiritual downturn?

http://www.worldmag.com/printer.cfm?id=18501

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[Atheists] know there must be thousands of clergy out there who have secretly abandoned their faith but have nowhere to turn.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-form-support-group-for-nonbelieving-pastors-58252/print.html

[So, btw, did the  apostle John .]

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Church-Burning Video Used to Promote Atheist Event at Ft. Bragg

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/fort-bragg-to-host-anti-religion-event.html

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National Atheist Ad Campaign Targets Black Community

http://www.christianpost.com/news/national-atheist-ad-campaign-targets-black-community-68442/print.html

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William Murray’s story of growing up as the pawn of the infamous Madalyn Murray O’Hair long has been out of print.  Until now.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/stunning-testimony-from-man-who-fought-prayer/print/

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Texas movie theaters refuse to show atheist ad

http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2012/04/texas-movie-theaters-refuse-to-show-atheist-ad/

[ASND wonders, as always, why?  Those same theaters have run numerous overtly atheistic and anti-Christian movies over the years.  Why are brief ads preaching the same sermons such a problem?]

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Logic:

What she didn’t realize was that the justification she offered for her belief in determinism undermined her deterministic beliefs.  She believed that she had evaluated the evidence and embraced the position — determinism — that is most logical.  And yet if determinism were true she would have been incapable of evaluating evidence and freely following the logic because all her choices were already set.  Logically speaking, her position was self-refuting.  In other words, she sawed off the branch she was sitting on.

http://www.conversantlife.com/other-faiths/a-review-of-free-will-by-sam-harris

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Evidence from the Laws of Logic

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-god-real-evidence-from-the-laws-of-logic/

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Are the Laws of Logic Simply Human Conventions?

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-god-real-are-the-laws-of-logic-simply-human-conventions/

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Examining Atheistic Explanations for the Laws of Logic as “Brute Realities”

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/is-god-real-examining-atheistic-explanations-for-the-laws-of-logic-as-brute-realities/

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The Laws of Logic are a Christian Actuality & Truth Reality

http://thelordgodexists.com/2012/06/the-laws-of-logic-are-a-christian-actuality-truth-reality/

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Those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults…

http://www.christianpost.com/news/study-atheists-have-lowest-retention-rate-compared-to-religious-groups-78029/print.html

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From an atheistic standpoint, a blind, pitiless, amoral process programmed Jeff to love his offspring.  The same evolutionary process programs other animals to eat their offspring. Jeff keeps forgetting what it means to be an atheist.  That’s because he has to live in God’s world.

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2012/08/unreasonable-faithlessness-failing-as.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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“When it comes to the debate for God’s existence, there are several lines of evidence.”

The Kalam [Cosmological] Argument

The Design Argument

The Moral Argument

The Ontological Argument

The Argument from Truth

The Argument from Aesthetic Experience

The Argument from Conscience

The Argument from Miracles

http://rob-lundberg.blogspot.com/2012/07/challenges-from-atheists-is-religion.html

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The Kalam Cosmological Argument:

The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe

http://www.leaderu.com/truth/3truth11.html

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A Philosophical Attack On the Kalam [Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God]

http://jwwartick.com/2011/09/06/kca-defense/

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11 Objections [and responses] to the Kalam: Answered

http://www.randyeverist.com/2012/11/11-objections-to-kalam.html

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No one is born believing that everything, everywhere in the entire universe through all eternity follows uniform natural laws.  We are indoctrinated into a belief in naturalism by parents, role models, and educational institutions.

http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/108vmj/is_anaturalism_the_default_position_does_it/

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… if evolutionary naturalism can cause a person to believe that which is false (such as religiously oriented beliefs) in order to promote survivability, then what confidence can evolutionists muster that their convictions are reliable, true beliefs?  And if evolution cannot guarantee true beliefs in a person’s mind then how does one know that belief in evolutionary naturalism itself is a true belief about the world?

http://www.reasons.org/files/images/ezine/2009/ezine-2009-01.pdf

[p. 5]

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The Justification of Theism

http://www.leaderu.com/truth/3truth09.html

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Ten Arguments for the Existence of God

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/06/ten-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god/

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An atheist changes his mind about God (The Son)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOYObzRqTKs&feature=youtu.be

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An Atheist Defends the Value of Religion

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/09/an_atheist_defends_the_value_of_religion.html

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Alex Rosenberg:

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality

A Review of Alex Rosenberg’s Book

http://www.proginosko.com/2013/08/the-atheists-guide-to-reality/

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Dr. Rosenberg’s… ‘reasoned’ attack on religion is coming from an atheistic perspective that is logically and practically unable to explain the moral superiority of reason itself.

http://www.reasonsforgod.org/2014/02/is-reason-better-than-religion/

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A Cumulative Case for the Existence of God

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/a-cumulative-case-for-gods-existence/

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Atheist ‘Pastafarian’ Christopher Schaeffer Sworn Into New York Town Council Wearing Colander

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/07/atheist-pastafarian-christopher-schaeffer-_n_4555793.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

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