Summary: Response To H. C. Mccloskey

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Response to H.C. McCloskey | On Being an Atheist | | Wilberto Campbell | 5/13/2012 | Phil 201-D44 Spring 2012 | Over the past few years it seems that the atheistic worldview has become more prevalent in our country and society as a whole. Just recently they held a rally in Washington D.C to appeal to government for legislative equality (Helfand 2012), but it seems ironic that they would call for equality when they tend to attack the Bible and the theistic worldview. In H.C. McCloskey’s article we get an example of how they attack theism and the Christian worldview. McCloskey list two specific arguments that he attempts to refute; the Cosmological and the Teleological arguments. He also tries to explain the problem of evil and…show more content…
The teleological argument states that because the natural world displays some purposive order or design then there must be an intelligent designer (Evans pg 77). McCloskey goes on to state that there are no indisputable examples of design. The issue with this statement is from a theistic perspective there is plenty of evidence that state the opposite. The design of the human body in itself is an example of an intelligent design. Our bodies operate on its basic functions identical yet externally we are individuals. The basic functions that we may take for granted that our body’s process with such timing is remarkable. How we process oxygen, the way we perform actions by just the thought and the mere process that occurs from conception to birth in itself is evidence that we were designed. The smallest of details was thought through in each of these examples. It is difficult to imagine that by random chance, from scratch or even that from chaos some form order was created. McCloskey uses the evolutionary theory as part of his attempts to disprove a designer but he must consider that even in this theory there is evidence of a designer. If evolution occurred through the simple mechanics of nature there still needed to be a designer of the machine (Evans pg 83). From the simplest machines to the most complex ones each machine required a designer in order to…show more content…
The cosmological argument speaks of the attributes of a Creator, the teleological argument deals with that of an Intelligent Designer and lastly the moral argument which infers to a Moral Being. They have their faults but when brought together they create a strong argument for theism and the existence of God. References: McCloskey, H.J. “On Being an Atheist”. Question One. February 1968: 62-69 Craig, William Lane. “Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics”. 3rd Edition. Wheaton, Il: Crossway Books, 2008. Evans, C. Stephen and R. Zachary Manis. “Philosophy of Religion: Thinking about Faith, 2nd ed.” Downers Grove, Il; IVP Academic, 2009. Helfand, Leigh Candace. “We Are Stronger: Atheists to Hold Massive rally on National Mall next Month”. CBS Local Media: February 17,
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