Reasons to Believe


  • The "New Atheism" Phenomenon, Part 2 (of 3)

    In the first installment of this series I wrote about the phenomenon known as the “new atheism.” In 2007, four books advocating atheism (the view that no God or gods exist) made the … more

  • The "New Atheism" Phenomenon, Part 1 (of 3)

    In the year 2007, four books on the topic of atheism (the view that no God or gods exist) topped the best-sellers list. These books were written by outspoken atheists Richard Dawkins (The God … more

  • Thinking About a Meaningless World

    Years ago when I taught philosophy at a public college, a student of mine ended her term paper on the topic of “existentialism and the meaning of life” with the following forlorn … more

  • God-of-the-Gaps or Best Explanation?

    This charge means that when it comes to various theistic arguments, the believer typically attributes gaps in (especially) scientific knowledge to God. For example, when science can't explain how the … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 3 (of 3)

    In Parts 1 and 2 of this series I explored how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain both belief and disbelief in God from their … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 2 (of 3)

    In Part 1 of this series I briefly attempted to explore how both believers (biblical theists) and nonbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain how some people come to believe in … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 1 (of 3)

    In this brief series of articles I would like to accomplish three things. First (in Part 1), I will identify how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) … more

  • If God Created All Things, Then Who Created God?

    Philosophical Answer

    Some atheists argue that if the universe needs a cause (namely God), then why doesn't God need a cause? And if not everything needs a cause, then maybe the universe is one of … more

  • Is Dogmatic Agnosticism Logically Self-Defeating?

    The word agnosticism literally means “no-knowledge-ism”. The skeptical position held by agnostics usually comes in two distinct forms: soft and hard. Soft or flexible agnosticism simply … more

  • More Than Intelligent Design

    They swim against the powerful tide of naturalism, and I applaud their efforts and integrity. At the same time, however, I sense a need to clarify a subtle but significant distinction between their … more

  • Predictive Power: Confirming Cosmic Creation

    Scientists focus enormous effort on turning detections (observations and measurements) into predictions. Meteorologists use data to predict temperatures, wind, and precipitation. Astronomers use data … more

  • Barriers to Salvation

    Barriers that block people from committing themselves to Jesus Christ and accepting His gift of salvation appear to fall under three general categories: 1) self-imposed ignorance, 2) pride, and 3) … more