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    The Big Lie I have been going to church since I was three years old. I also attended Sunday school since I was three. Since then I have been confirmed as a member of the church and have actively participated in the senior high youth program at my church. All of these years I figured that I would "grow into god", well at least that is what my pastor said. I think of myself now, at seventeen years old, and I still have not "grown into god". I have many reasons why I chose atheism. First I think of

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    Theism versus Atheism in Catch-22 Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 deals with many issues that mankind is prone to deal with. One issue that is raised is the subject of theism versus atheism. This argument is manifested in a dialogue, approximately two pages in length, between Yossarian, the main character, and Lieutenant Scheisskopf's wife. In this particular scene, Yossarian and the lieutenant's wife are debating the existence of G-d, presumably in the Judeo-Christian sense. The scene begins

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    contradicts many beliefs of Theism. This leads

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    Divine Mystery Theory

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    While this one poses a threat to theism, it strengthens the support for Divine Mystery Theory to be considered as a possibility. The third support involves the many puzzles and paradoxes that have been uncovered and serve as threats to theism. Some of these include Jesus Christ, the stone paradox, and the problem of personal and natural evil. The last argument of support breaks down the

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    Atheism Essay

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    would be entirely contradictory. In order to clear up the misunderstanding, you have to fully understand atheism at its core. We must also have a sober understanding of the things that distinguish atheism from the other two theological positions: theism and agnosticism. Once we make clear exactly how the three theological positions are mutually exclusive, we will be much more properly equipped to form a full and correct definition of atheism. Positive and negative atheism The term ‘atheism’ first

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    Atheist in America

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    hold a very large and pervasive stigma.. There are a multitude of recent studies that address the topic of atheism in the United States in varying ways. First, “Becoming an atheist in America: Constructing Identity and Meaning from the Rejection of Theism”, Jesse Smith explores the process by which atheists come to be self-labeled atheists. This study uses the qualitative research methods of participant observation and in depth interviews. Smith separates the process into four steps that ultimately

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    The title of the book is misleading. Are science and religion compatible? Dennett and Plantinga both agreed that contemporary evolutionary theory is compatible with theistic belief, but Dennett believed that the probability is very low. The main argument turned out to be about Plantinga’s EAAN. Plantinga tried to argue that God could have guided evolution while Dennett believed evolution was unguided. Plantinga’s argument had five premises. He described that P is probability, R is the proposition

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    of evidence. Evidence being a fact that supports a truth claim. Although weather the claim itself may or may not represents truth it does point toward the direction of truth. The chapter continues with the three reasons why evil points to Christian theism. Humans have a sense of the way things should not be, assuming that there are a way things should be and anything that is not is a deviation from this way, evil. Good takes primacy over evil and evil is corruption. The point is it makes absolutely

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    Biblical Miracles Essay

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    A miracle is a supernatural force that surpasses natural or scientific laws and as a result, it cannot be explained by any logical reasons; and therefore, is regarded to be caused of a divine deity. The four main groups of Biblical miracles are: 1) A miracle must be caused by God 's power; 2) A miracle is an exception to the way things usually happen; 3) The exception to the way things usually happen is temporary; 4) God performs miracles to demonstrate his power (Apologetics 6.21.1). Firstly, a

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    Importance Of Worldview

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    At this time, my worldview is Naturalism, which I choose over Deism, Nihilism and Christian Theism, influenced, in part, by the worldview “test,” coherence.” From this course before I didn 't know that much about worldviews, but from this semester study, I think before I already had a worldview, but when I learned worldview, my world didn 't change, but I do learn many different ways of this world, I learned a lot of things that was very useful, every theory had different opinions. But everything

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    particular present subjects. The future as divine grows out of Whitehead's revisions of traditional notions of omnipotence and omniscience. But he separates creativity (best understood in terms of Hindu and Buddhist thought) from the God of Western theism. This separation can be overcome if God is future creativity individualized in its own realm, which is the source of the creativity within each of us. Ordinarily we think of the future as a blank background on which we imaginatively project our

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    Worldview Reflection as a Christian Theist

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    Worldview Reflection I began this course thinking my worldview was that of a Christian Theist, as I had come to discover, as the course progressed, my worldview was a mixed bag of beliefs outside the elementary belief of Christian Theism. I was not disheartened by this finding, but surprised. The realization then set in that I was uneducated or did not know God like I thought. In fact my beliefs appeared to be more influenced by society than the deity of God. Fortunately, this is a learning experience

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    On Being Athiest by HJ McCloskey

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    Today I would like to respond to H. J. McCloskey’s article entitled, “On Being an Atheist.” In his article, McCloskey gives several of his atheistic opinions and criticizes the theistic position. As a theist myself, McCloskey perspective somewhat alarmed me. I find it difficult to believe that someone could wholeheartedly deny the existence and love of God. I know atheist who have converted, who have stated that deep down in their heart, they knew that their views were wrong. Could that be the case

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    Open Theism vs. Closed Theism This topic is one that has had my curiosity piqued for the last few years and is one I have made a point of discussing with many people over the course of that time. I have heard many different viewpoints, some who have been adamant for God's omniscience and knowledge of the future and others who have presented compelling arguments for free will. Most, however are of a third category who have come to grips with the fact that our mere brains cannot understand the workings

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    Analysis Of Open Theism

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    Open theists would claim that the essence of God is love. Greg Boyd is a leading theologian who takes the stance of Open Theism. Greg has written many books to explain God in the midst of evil. Is God to Blame is a book Boyd wrote to help compress many volume books into a smaller collection, which is filled with questions that open theism tries to answer about the problem of evil. Not all open theists agree completely with Greg Boyd. The reason being is Boyd goes into much more detail about spiritual

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    social advancement and compulsory theism (your choice of deities, however): “…he (Utopus) made a solemn and severe law against such as should…think that our souls died with our bodies, or that the world was governed by chance, without a wise overruling Providence” (More, p. 747). More’s Utopia offers freedoms some might cherish, but others would find it unbearably restrictive. Even those of a religious bent might have looked askance at Utopia’s forced theism policy. Is it freedom? Some might

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    will be discussed. Each wrote a narrative of their life experiences. There are marked contrasts and comparisons between these two individuals related to their perceptions of God. Religion was a vital part of life in colonial America. A shift from theism to deism was occurring. The Puritans of this time were fleeing the Church of England. Their hope was to return to the more primitive ways, to reject the churches hierarchy and ritual. Mary Rowlandson, a puritan in Lancaster, Massachusetts was captured

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    light on the relation between science and religion. Much of this material is rather provocative intellectual history, including a particularly interesting analysis of the Galileo affair and how it was used for polemical purposes by those hostile to theism.

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    Atheism and You

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    “A disbelief in the existence of deity,” as the Merriam-Webster dictionary so defines atheism. The BBC website states that, “Atheism is the absence of belief in any gods or spiritual beings.” There are many definitions today for the term atheism. The subject incites multitudes of ideas and questions ranging from the subject of morality to questions about atheism as a whole. The many reasons people become atheists vary widely and contradict some ideas concerning atheists. The history of atheism is

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    The World as Will as Theology

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    Western/Middle Eastern monotheism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). [* Other alleged 'atheists' included Socrates, Spinoza, and the early Christians themselves. Often cited as an atheist, Shelley points out on his opening page that he has no objection to theism per se, but only as it appears in Judeo-Christianity.] The approach will be to characterize Schopenhauer's thought concerning Wille, to identify key Western and Eastern conceptions of God, and then to see where Wille fits, and does not fit, these

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