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.
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
- Not offering a clear rebuttal to anything I’ve claimed
- 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
- I need a good explanation of how the world came to exist
- I need to know how I, a cognitive being, came to exist in this world
- I need to know why I should trust my epistemic faculties, including my mind, to provide me with true information
- I need a good accounting of things I hold to be intrinsically to be true, like altruism and self-sacrifice
- I need to know why I or anything I do matters, especially in view of our universe’s impending heat-death