Why think humans really are evil?..

While many may wonder how a morally respectable God could allow human beings to get this bad, the more basic question is: Without the context of God as a standard of goodness and humans are morally accountable to him, why think humans really are evil? Aren’t they just abnormal maladjusted, dysfunctional, statistically deviant, or highly individualistic? Therapeutic or psychoanalytic categories are simply insufficient to account for the deep evils that exist. Various Eastern views are similarly inept. For example, Arthur Koestler tells of one Zen Buddhist scholar calling Hitler’s gas chambers “very silly,” claiming that evil is “relative” and merely “a Christian concept.” The very clear existence of evil, we’ve noted, suggests a standard of goodness or design plan: evil is a deviation from or corruption of this standard and a departure from what ought to be. To say that the actions of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, or even the Columbine killers were simply “abnormal” or “maladjusted,” not evil, is not only hollow, but grotesquely distorted.

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 2039

A historically well-supported event…

The Christian faith’s most theologically significant miracle is Jesus’ resurrection—a historically well-supported event. Though history yields only probable—not absolute— knowledge, we don’t have to be mired in historical skepticism. We can still have a good degree of confidence in our historical knowledge as we consider evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. The chief facts surrounding this miracle are: Continue reading

Presupposing a moral standard…

We’ve all heard the question, “Who are you to impose your morality on others?” Of course, the person raising this question believes it’s morally wrong to impose morality on another! The question presupposes a moral standard. But where did that standard come from?

Paul Copan, from “How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong”, kindle location 1455

Scripture affirms substance dualism…

Scripture affirms an integrated, holistic “substance dualism,” despite detractors within the Christian community. This view is theologically significant in that (a) persons are capable of surviving death while retaining personal identity, and (b) the Incarnation is possible: God, who is spirit, becomes man; the person of Jesus isn’t identical to his body.

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 2515

Which outlook or philosophy of life…

Which outlook or philosophy of life does the best job of dealing with the range of available evidence and human experience? Or, Is my perspective consistent with my life philosophy’s assumptions (e.g., regarding human rights or personal responsibility), or am I borrowing capital from another worldview to keep mine going?

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 123