I recently listened to apologist Peter S. Williams (blog) deliver this talk at the 2010 European Leadership Forum on the topic: Arguments for Theism, and finally understood the Ontological Argument for God’s existence.
However, it brought up a question in my mind, which I submitted to William Lane Craig’s website. I’ll post the answer if I get one, but here’s the question:
If the Ontological Argument assumes that God is the maximum quality of attributes of goodness and greatness:
- Which category does ‘being’ or ‘existence’ fall into? Goodness or greatness?
- If that is an attribute of greatness, could we not then use this argument to argue for the existence of a maximally great and maximally evil (instead of good) being, then conclude that that being must also exist?
Is Obama facilitating change or forcing it? Here's today's quote.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt
In our recent political history, this might be applied to some of the actions of GW Bush, such as the war on Iraq, wiretapping, suspending habeas corpus for Gitmo detainees, etc.
It could also be applied to the Obama Administration, in the way that they forced through their various enormous spending bills, as well as their upcoming "carbon offsets" (a.k.a as 'cap and trade') legislation. Trust me, it will be urgent and necessary.
As we have seen in the Obama administration, you don't need time to read or openly debate legislation, you just need time to manipulate a majority vote.
I was recently in a discussion at the skeptic site NW Ohio Skeptics, and got into a discussion about the differences between Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, and one topic that came up is that of inerrancy. While I think all Fundamentalists hold to a plenary inerrancy, I don’t think that that position is the only one among evangelicals.
First check out Daniel Wallace’s great essay My Take on Inerrancy.
Then, check out the diagram I made comparing the different types of Christianity and their stands on different doctrines, including inerrancy – Neo-fundy Doctrines?
Now, you are ready to read my explanation of how I view inerrancy, and how I think many Evangelicals view it – but I bet there is a bit of diversity on this topic in Evangelicalism.