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Posted by Paul R. Martin on December 15, 2003 02:39:40 UTC

Hi William,

I was hoping that you would answer my one question about why you think the Bible is trustworthy. But since you responded to my challenge to defend some statements, I'll respond to that. I'd still like to know why you trust the Bible, though.

1, 2. Okay. One of them is true by definition. But you can't use the circular argument that 1 implies 2, and 2 implies 1. How do you know God is a Utilitarian?

3, 4, 5, 10, 11. I would hope that introductory Philosophy courses teach that those tenets have been believed and taught historically, not that they are true. There are many tenets that were believed and taught over the centuries that are known to be false. Why would we think these tenets are true?

6. You have changed your tune. You switched from saying that man's free will causes evil to saying that man's ability to define terms causes evil.

7. Waiting. The part I doubt is that the virus is necessary to the snail.

8. Explain that to the people who had faith in God and who obeyed the rules but just happened to be worshiping in the Lisbon cathedral in 1755 when the earthquake mangled them.

9. Yes I make mistakes but your assertion was about tendencies. I maintain that most people do more good things each day than they do bad things. And, I maintain that there are more good people than bad people. So I claim that most people tend to do the right thing in spite of making some mistakes along the way.

12. I understand that it is basic Christian doctrine. What makes you think basic Christian doctrine is true?

Warm regards,


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