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Interview: Proving That God Exists Without Opening a Bible

How human reason alone can lay a pathway from doubt to belief.

Many skeptics are open to the possibility that God exists, but they’re uncomfortable affirming it on the basis of biblical authority or faith alone. The good news, says Azusa Pacific University philosophy professor Joshua Rasmussen, is that they don’t have to. In How Reason Can Lead to God: A Philosopher’s Bridge to Faith, Rasmussen shows how human reason and experience lay down a pathway to theistic belief, revealing a divine being very much like the God of the Bible. Lydia McGrew, analytic philosopher and author of Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts, spoke with Rasmussen about shepherding nonbelievers along this “bridge of reason.”

You describe your book, in the subtitle, as “a philosopher’s bridge to faith.” Are non-philosophers supposed to be part of your intended audience?

I want this book to touch—and even transform—everyone who seeks truth about God. As I wrote, I imagined different characters stepping onto a bridge. Some characters come to the bridge as young seekers, while others are seasoned professionals. I call this “the bridge of reason.” Every step on this bridge is composed of common experience and universal principles of reason. You can think of each step as foundational to a kind of argument for an aspect of God. For example, the chapter “Foundation of Mind” is about arguments for God’s mind. I use plain terms: No technical jargon, no appeals to authority. Every step is about something you can test for yourself.

Yet the bridge goes past the edges of my field. Philosophers will recognize pieces that add to current conversations. I’ve also included a special argument at the end, in ...

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Are Evangelicals More Empathetic?

Analysis on recent survey results may provide Christians with some encouragement—and reproof.

I got some terrific responses to my previous articlethat focused on how religious faith can lead to an increased level of altruistic behavior among various religious traditions. The surprising conclusion was that there were very small differences between evangelicals and those with no religious affiliation (often called the “nones”) in regards to the number of altruistic activities engaged in. In fact, the differences in overall altruism scores were not statistically significant between most groups and the gap between the most altruistic group and the least was just 4.6%. That came as a surprise to me and a few people who reached out on social media and via email. I had one careful reader note that he believed that evangelicals showed higher degrees of empathy than those without a religious affiliation.

Like most concepts in the social sciences, empathy is hard to define. The mostly widely accepted definition of empathy is that it has two components: the feeling we get in response to seeing an emotional response in others (crying during a wedding when the couple gets emotional), as well as identifying and understanding someone else’s emotions (walking a mile in someone else’s shoes). It just so happens that the General Social Survey asked a series of questions that were meant to tap into both of these expressions of empathy. One caveat is that these questions were only asked in the 2002 and 2004 waves of the survey, but I don’t have any reason to believe that empathy has changed a great deal in the last fifteen years.

Here are the seven statements:

  1. I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me.
  2. I describe myself as soft-hearted
  3. I feel pity for someone being treated unfairly

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It’s been more than a week since two of the largest earthquakes to hit Southern California in nearly two decades hit, and the aftershocks keep coming.

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Trump Abortion Restrictions Effective Immediately

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women to abortion providers immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups.

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