Is Christianity coherent, consistent and livable? Part 5 of 5


Quite a while ago I contributed a post titled “Coherent, Consistent, and Livable” to a series titled “Is Christianity is True” organized by Brian Auten. Shortly after the compiled book was published, Luke Muehlhauser announced his intentions to publish a rebuttal to each essay in the “Is Christianity is True?” series in a “Why Christianity is False” series of his own.

This is part 5 of a 5 part series intended to address Luke’s post, “Christianity is Incoherent”.

My hope is that through this series others will be encouraged to examine their own worldviews. Christian and non-Christian alike.

As Socrates famously said,

The unexamined life is not worth living.


It would be pat for me to write in conclusion that I find Luke’s objections to be unconvincing. However I will say that a a finite being I am well aware that I may be wrong with regard to my current beliefs. And if I am when it comes to my Christian worldview then Luke has done me a disservice by

  1. Not offering a clear rebuttal to anything I’ve claimed
  2. Not offering a more compelling alternative view


Now to be fair, and to be fair to any evangelical atheist who wishes to undertake this challenge, here is specifically what I’ll need to have in order to seriously question my beliefs

  1. I need a good explanation of how the world came to exist
  2. I need to know how I, a cognitive being, came to exist in this world
  3. I need to know why I should trust my epistemic faculties, including my mind, to provide me with true information
  4. I need a good accounting of things I hold to be intrinsically to be true, like altruism and self-sacrifice
  5. I need to know why I or anything I do matters, especially in view of our universe’s impending heat-death

12 responses to “Is Christianity coherent, consistent and livable? Part 5 of 5

  1. Sir,____As a fellow Christian I appreciate your response.____However, I see that Luke has posted responses to your posts.____I must say, I believe Luke's points are valid. I think his responses__are sharp.

    I think he won this round.

    But Christ will someday prove us all right. :)
    Sola Deo Gloria!

    • I've read Luke's response and I am baffled at how you have come to the conclusion that he "won this round". Could you explain how you came to your conclusion?

      Additionally, since you appear to be of a reformed inclination I am also curious what you think a proper response to an atheist would or should be.

  2. "As Aristotle famously said, The unexamined life is not worth living."

    Is the the above quote most appropriately attributed to Aristotle? I was under the impression that it was committed to some sort of writing by Plato, and in such writing its original utterance is attributed to Socrates. Perhaps I am misinformed?

  3. What do you think of Mike Licona?
    I think he is going to be better than Habermas.

  4. Far from it.
    You are committing a logical fallacy by judging a book by its cover.
    I am using my name to boast of my freedom in Christ (book of Romans)
    and to emphasize his incarnational ministry (he was human afterall).

    Still, you avoid the question and instead take refuge behind pointing at someone's name.

    Why is it that it is often most difficult to have a loving talk between two CHRISTIANS?
    Why is this so rampant in the Kingdom? Answer that question instead.
    Try and edify instead.
    Will you join me, brother?

  5. Perhaps if you could provide some specifics you could do what the Bible says we should seek to do for one another which is to build one another up. Are you interested in doing that or is your goal to simply be an ass?

  6. Hello Wes!

    I am a fellow Christian. Blessings!

    But I am here to discipline you and build you up.

    You should NEVER refer to another Christian as an a**.

    It does not glorify Our Lord. Instead you should respond to the arguments
    given and not get irritated.

    Did our Lord ever call anyone an a**? NEVER, Wes.
    He always responded with compassion when being questioned.

    I think that you should give a response to the accusations provided
    in a manner that allows the watching world to see what it means to be a Christian:
    to give a loving and thoughftul answer under all circumstances.

    THAT is the best apologetic. A LOVING Apologetic.

  7. Why did you change your name and email address from the last time you commented? I am having a hard time taking your comment seriously because I don't believe you are being honest.

    Just to clarify, I didn't call you an ass, I merely asked if that was your goal. If you think I called you an ass then it must be because your goal was/is to be one. Inf that is the case, then I fail to see how recognizing your accomplishment of that goal is grounds for reprimand.

  8. You are sorely mistaken if you think the Magesterium will save you from theological discord.

  9. How exactly do you suppose I should prove a philosopher or scholar\’s greatness? Additionally, what do you suppose it proves even if your assertion regarding Aquanis is true?

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