Author: Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D

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The Essence of Existentialism: Existence Precedes Essence—or Does it?

Examining the existentialism of John-Paul Sartre. A familiar old sentence presents itself once again as Sartre tries to encapsulate his philosophy: “Existence precedes essence.” To set up this philosophically-stoked phrase, Sartre argues that without God and a “heaven of ideas,” we cannot ground the idea of a set human nature. This is simply because there is no God to create us according to his design plan or blueprint

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Much Ado about Nothing

Jim Holt’s new book Why Does the World Exist? begins with the prologue, “Suppose there were nothing. Then there would be no laws; for laws, after all, are something. If there were no laws, then everything would be permitted. If everything were permitted, then nothing would be forbidden. So if there were nothing, nothing would be forbidden. Thus nothing is self-forbidding. Therefore, there must be something. QED.” I will focus on this brief statement…

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How Jazz Can Shape Apologetics

Just as jazz musicians, apologists need to “know their charts” by having spent much “time in the woodshed.” They need master the standard apologetic arguments on the nature of truth and faith, the arguments for God’s existence, the reliability of the Bible, the deity and resurrection of Christ, the case against rival worldviews and much more.