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In response, some atheists contend that matter has always existed and that theists cannot prove otherwise.
The theist position is thus based on the following implicit or explicit reasoning: moral truth can only be certain and categorical if it springs from an absolute, uncontroversial, source; but there is just one such source: the authority of God.
Our focus in the first article was method in this regard, where the assumptions that undergird and guide psychological method are either naturalist or weak theist.
Rist offers a brief discussion of "natural law" as a common ground between theist and non-theist but discounts its rhetorical effectiveness.
In the ensuing discussions, let K-J T stand for "knee-jerk theist," K-J A for "knee-jerk atheist" and RAG for "reflective agnostic.
Epicurus was a critic of all theist religion, in the name of humanity.
18) Accordingly, the classical axiom that God's essential nature cannot possibly admit of composition fails to provide the traditional theist with anything on the order of sufficient justification for denying that God's all-inclusiveness is a requirement of His maximal plenteousness.
The pantheist can assert that the theist is crafting his concept of God in his own image, giving priority in the grand scheme of things to human values, anthropomorphizing.
In this book a theist, William Lane Craig, and an atheist, Quentin Smith, debate this issue in alternating chapters written by the two protagonists.
Scruton's argument, I think, will be persuasive only to someone who already is a theist.
Results by country of this particular question yield interesting findings, such as showing where the most atheist and the most theist voters reside.
One might argue that some of the earliest exchanges between Buddhists and theists did indeed reflect such stark, unsophisticated understandings of their respective positions, but subsequent discussion has progressed far beyond the point where such labels are appropriate reflections of either position, and certainly nihilism and eternalism are labels that were not used in my essay and do not reflect my understanding of either the Buddhist or theist/personalist positions.