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What is the difference between decreeing something to happen and causing something to happen?
Can we discover morality through science?
There's a fundamental, self-refuting flaw in Stephen Hawking's argument in his new book.  He begins with the idea that the world is determined.  Everything, including human beings, operate according to mechanistic laws of nature.  Free will and agency is an illusion, he claims. But then there's a problem with the apparently rationally-based effort to persuade us of his view, which is the apparent purpose of the book book. The goal of his book is at odds with the determinism he is committed to.
In July 1995, Time Magazine made a stunning announcement.  In an extensive article on the mind they wrote, “Despite our every instinct to the contrary, there is one thing that consciousness is not:  some entity deep inside the brain that corresponds to the ‘self,’ some kernel of awareness that runs the show”  (July 17, 1995, p. 52).  In other words, there is no soul.
What's the best way to reply to people who assert that logic is just a human invention?
Are the only things that can be "known" material things? All else we believe is by "faith"? Can the supernatural be known?
Why is belief in the authority of the Bible necessary to claim a foundation for objective truth in postmodern culture?
If Darwinism is true, then there is no purpose or meaning to life, there is no morality, there's no qualitative difference between humans and animals, there's no life after death, and there's no purpose to human history. Now, are you trying to tell me that it doesn't really matter if people believe we evolved or not?
I want you to think about Darwinian evolution for a moment.The neo-Darwinian synthesis necessarily entails a particular mechanism that determines (an important word) which changes are reproduced in the next generation of living organisms.  This mechanism is called natural selection.
Brian asks: “Science can't say whether God represents a loving, vengeful or nonexistent being. But researchers have revealed for the first time how such religious beliefs trigger different parts of the brain.”How should we think about these efforts to locate religion in brain activity?