Friday, March 06, 2009

Featured Blog: Wintery Knight


Hello everyone! I have recently run across some excellent online resources and one of them is a newer blog entitled Wintery Knight Blog.

This blog offers excellent commentaries on debates, tackles common objections offered by unbelievers, and much more.


Here is a sample taken from a post entitled How do Atheist Scholars justify Morality on Atheism in Debates?

"I want to tell you that the easiest topic to debate with non-Christians is the foundations of morality. Here’s a primer:

  1. If atheism is true, there is no free will. As Dawkins says, there is only DNA and you dance to its music. Period. If there is no free will, there are no moral choices and no moral responsibility. Moral actions are not rationally justifiable on atheism.
  2. If atheism is true, humans are accidents with no intrinsic value. Any value that is assigned to humans is arbitrary, and arbitrary standards do not constrain the will of rational people when it is not in their best interest and they will not be caught (e.g. - Stalin).
  3. If atheism is true, there is no accountability. Being good or evil is irrelevant to where you end up, and where humanity ends up. (The heat death of the universe). Being good when it hurts is irrational on atheism. Being bad on atheism is rational if you won’t get caught and you get pleasure.
  4. There are only 2 reasons to be moral on atheism. If you get pleasure out of following these made-up rules or if you avoid punishment. That is not what theists mean by virtue. Acting in the way you were designed to act in order to achieve what Aristotle called eudaimonia."

To check out more of this article and this excellent resource, see here.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and many thanks to the Wintery Knight for permission to feature the blog!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

4 comments:

winteryknight said...

Hi everyone. Thanks, Chad, for notifying people about my new blog. My blog is 60% Christian apologetics and 40% economics and public policy.

First, I want to encourage Christians to become skilled debaters, by making us aware of the arguments and evidence that support our faith. I am especially interested in publicly available areas of knowledge, such as science, philosophy and history. I think we need to be prepared in order to discuss why we believe in persuasive and engaging ways.

Second, I want to encourage Christians to think about what sort of government is necessary to protect our liberties, especially religious liberty. The emphasis on economic policy and other areas of public policy is deliberate. I want to help Christians to be able to connect their faith to the things that people discuss outside the church, like tax policy, health care policy, education policy and freedom of speech.

Finally, I want to encourage fiscal conservatives to think deeply about the arguments and evidence for Christianity, especially as they play out in debates. I think that Christianity is important to fiscal conservatives, because a robust morality grounded on a defensible theism supports family and small government.

Although I have a bunch of posts on public policy up now, I have 4 posts on apologetics scheduled for publication. Two on Sunday morning, and two on Monday morning.

Thanks again, Chad!

Chad said...

Wintery Knight,

Thank you so much for adding your comment! It really gives our readers a better understanding of what your blog is all about!

Again, I want to encourage all TB readers to check out the Wintery Knight's work!

I believe the above comment illustrates why you should visit the WK's blog! It is a unique and valuable resource.

WK, thank you again!

Godspeed

cv3946 said...

Thanks Chad for sharing WK's site. Great information and resources, especially when handling objections from atheists. I especially enjoyed the post "Did God Create Evil?" The statement below sums up the answer to me:

"It (evil) is a lack in good things, but it is not a thing in itself. Evil is like a wound in an arm or moth-holes in a garment. It exists only in another but not in itself.”

Thanks WK! Look forward to checking out your site!

Chad said...

cv3946,

Hello there! How are things? I'm glad that you have found the WK's blog to be helpful. As I have stated, I believe it to be very relevant and unique. I love the quote you provided from there as well.

Regarding evil, it is also worth mentioning that though many atheists use evil as evidence AGAINST the existence of God, evil actually points TOWARD a God. Consider the following point made by apologist Ravi Zacharias:

"When you say there is evil, aren’t you admitting there is good? When you accept the existence of goodness, you must affirm a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But when you admit to a moral law, you must posit a moral lawgiver. That, however, is who you are trying to disprove and not prove. For if there is no moral lawgiver, there is no moral law. If there is no moral law, there is no good. If there is no good, there is no evil.” (Can Man Live Without God?, p. 182)

Godspeed cv3946