Christian philosopher and apologist, William Lane Craig will debate Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, on this very question on April 4th. Go here fore more info.
If “reformists” insist on keeping the boundaries of heresy open, however, then they must be resisted with charity. The fantasy that God is ignorant of the future is a heresy that must be rejected on scriptural grounds (“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come”; Isa. 46:10a; cf. Job 28; Ps. 90; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1), as it has been in the history of the exegesis of relevant passages. This issue was thoroughly discussed by patristic exegetes as early as Origen’s Against Celsus. Keeping the boundaries of faith undefined is a demonic temptation that evangelicals within the mainline have learned all too well and have been burned by all too painfully. (Thomas Oden, “The Real Reformers and the Traditionalists,” Christianity Today, Feb. 9, 1998, p. 46. emphasis added)
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This is a great apologetic resource, especially for Bible college/seminary students and educated lay people! Pictured above is the March-April 2008 issue, titled “Miracles.” In addition to books reviews, this issue contains the following contributions:
“Veritas: Miracles” by Craig Branch
“Discerning the Voice of God: The Apologetic Function of Miracles” by Steven B. Cowan, PhD
“Miracles and Their Omniscient Critics” by Winfried Corduan, PhD
“Point/Counterpoint: Do Miraculous Gifts Exist Today?” by Samuel E. Waldron, PhD and C. Samuel Storms, PhD
“Against Heresies: Liberation Theology the ‘Wright’ Way” by Clete Hux, MDiv
As Pamphilus remarks to Hermippus in the opening paragraph of Hume’s Dialogues, the form of dialogue “has been little practised” and “has seldom succeeded…in the hands of those, who have attempted it” since the ancients. In fact, among philosophers since Plato and Cicero, only David Hume and George Berkeley have employed the dialogue with any real success. The vast majority of philosophical writings are characterized by the straightforward, exact presentation and defense of some premises leading to a conclusion. So, why did Hume consider the seemingly unnatural form of dialogue, and not the usual argument structure, most appropriate for this book? Read the rest of this entry »
“[D]ivine goodness and justice are shown forth to perfection in God’s designs for the souls of men” (Theodicy, preface).
Check out Richard Howe’s article “Thomistic Responses to Some Objections to Aquinas’ Second Way.“