Thursday, June 18, 2015

Welcoming the rationalist

I have invited Malibu Bob from to join us here. Among his posts Bob said the following:
Christianity is so unbelievable and so contrary to everyday observation on its surface, that the only way in which people can maintain such an untenable set of beliefs is by constant reinforcement.
That's a pretty big challenge and one that I feel would be better addressed by breaking it into it a set of questions that can be approached more succinctly. So here's how I think it should go. Bob may feel differently.
  1. The supernatural: Is there a "reality" not readily accessible to human perception? Or at the very least, is it even possible to prove that one way or the other?
  2. If such a thing may exist, then does God exist or is it even possible to prove that as well?
  3. If God exists, what is his/her/its relationship to the natural world and to us human beings?
  4. What is the nature of man and how does it relate to God's nature?
  5. If man is imperfect, in what ways have we sought to achieve perfection?
  6. Finally, if God exists and it is not in our power to achieve perfection, what means have we been given to do so?
So to kick things off, let's talk about that which is contrary to everyday observation, namely question one. What does Bob have to say about the possibility of the supernatural?

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