One reason Christians engage in apologetics is to provide answers to serious questions about the faith by relatively honest
seekers. Some questions, however, appear not quite
so serious. For me one such question is, "Why
won't God heal amputees?" Made famous by Marshall Brain, this simple inquiry is presumed by some skeptics to expose the abject absurdity of
miracles, of prayer, of God's love – indeed of theism generally – and therefore
to send Christian apologists beating a hasty and shameful retreat before the
overpowering logic of unbelief. Of course that hasn’t happened. For a sampling
of effective, rational responses to the amputee question, consider offerings at
Christian Skepticism, at Answers in Genesis, at Triablogue, and by fellow Christian Cadre members Rich Deem at God and Science and Joe
Hinman at Atheistwatch.
3. Therefore, an omnipotent God does not exist.
3. Therefore there is no God.*