About Molly Burkemper

I was raised Roman Catholic until I lost my faith during my college years. Now a staunch atheist, I enjoy reading and discussing apologetics and related topics within the philosophy of religion. I'm happy to talk to nearly anyone on nearly any topic, so long as it's interesting.

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Donald Trump: Hillary’s Best Recruiter

Written By | January 12, 2016 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

There is a particular conspiracy theory that has been circulating the internet for the better part of six months. The theory essentially boils down to this: Donald Trump is a plant of the Hillary Clinton campaign. He is running in the presidential race so as to insure a Clinton victory. While it may sound insane, […]

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“Pragmatic” Democrats Must Vote for Bernie

Written By | November 5, 2015 | Posted in Politics | No Comments

*Note: this is Part One of a multi-part discussion.   “I really like Bernie Sanders, but I’m voting for Hillary. We’ve got to be pragmatic; we can’t afford to lose the White House.” This is the sentiment that I’ve heard innumerable times from party-line Democrats in the few months since the Presidential campaign has gotten […]

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Free Will Does Not Solve Unnecessary Suffering

Written By | September 15, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 25 Comments

For some time now, we have been trying to determine whether or not God exists. In our most recent discussions, we have focused on the problem of unnecessary suffering and whether or not it can coexist with an omnipotent and omnibenevolent god. In order to do so, we have assumed the Christian premise: that God […]

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God Has a Duty to Prevent Suffering

Written By | September 1, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 46 Comments

Over the past several posts, we’ve been making an argument for why suffering proves that God did not create this world. One crucial premise of the argument is that God should prevent suffering that does not serve a higher purpose. Some readers have questioned the veracity of that statement, so we will look at why […]

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The Absurdity of Necessary Suffering

Written By | August 20, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 5 Comments

In our last discussion, we came to the conclusion that, if this world is the Best Possible World, then there will be no unnecessary suffering within it. This is because suffering is negative outside of any context, and if it is also unnecessary, then its removal from a world would constitute an improvement. And since […]

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Skipping Labels: The Argument Stands Even without “Evil”

Written By | August 12, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 4 Comments

There was a lot of confusion and many questions following the release of “God Created the Best Possible World,” so I am going to dedicate this post to clearing up as much of that as I can. Hashing Out the Argument I did not have a request for this made known to me, but on […]

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God Created the Best Possible World

Written By | August 5, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 36 Comments

We previously discussed the notion that God created this world. Although we have already disproven that idea based on the fact that God cannot have had any motivation for doing so, we can continue to explore the claim anyway. If God created this world, we should expect certain things from it. We could reasonably expect […]

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It’s Not a Matter of Evidence: the Philosophy of Creation

Written By | July 23, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 16 Comments

In our discussion of creation, we’ve so far been addressing this question: what makes Christians think that God created the world? That question is inquiring about evidence–specifically, what evidence exists to support such a claim. We talked about various responses that Christians may give when pressed for evidence–we debunked both appeals to wonder and arguments […]

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Did God Create the World? Part 2

Written By | July 14, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 9 Comments

In considering the theory that God created the world, we previously discussed arguments based on an appeal to wonder. We discovered that such arguments are untenable because, if the nature of the world serves as evidence for a supernatural being, then we must consider the bad aspects along with the good. And given that the […]

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Did God Create the World? Part 1

Written By | July 2, 2015 | Posted in Philosophy | 21 Comments

When atheists express their disbelief in the Christian God, they are often met with this rebuttal: “If there is no God, then who created all of this?!” (Imagine arms gesticulating wildly around oneself.) Such a response should not be surprising. It isn’t incredible that humans want answers about where we came from and what purpose […]

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