Author Archives: Maryann

About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer on Upwork. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.

Ethics & Morality

Below is a collection of my thinking on the grounding and justification of moral truth. I am warming up for something. Divine Essentialism God wills it (right) because He is good — essentialism. 1/4/08 (Not mine. Precursor.) The Sword and the … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Divine Essentialism, Euthyphro Dilemma, Gettier Problem, Golden Rule, Groothuis' 'Christian Apologetics', Is-Ought Fallacy, Justified True Belief, Keller's Reason for God, Moral Argument, Natural Law and Divine Command, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, William Lane Craig | 3 Comments

6 blogposts you won’t find on Ichthus77

Sometimes I do stuff somewhere else. Here are 6 of those times, over at The Christian Apologetics Alliance: Does The Moral Argument Reify Subjective Morality? 10/7/14 Matthew Lawrence wrote in this question and gave permission to blog it and my answer … Continue reading

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Reliability of the Gospels (Lecture Series) | Tim McGrew

Tim McGrew from the Library of Historical Apologetics has a famous series that I wanted to make available on my blog. Dr. McGrew is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University, where he has taught since 1995. His areas of … Continue reading

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Kindling Conversations with Modesto Neighbors

You want to love your neighbor as yourself, but it’s hard to get to know them in the space between when the garage door opens and closes. No one answers the door anymore, because the only ones knocking are trying … Continue reading

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Reply to WLC’s answer to my question regarding anti-realism (QoW #379)

I am saving my reply here, as it is already getting buried. Dr. Craig, thank you for answering my question. I am glad you are a realist about the Good and concede *that* much to the realist. Do you actually … Continue reading

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Positive Modesto News

Check out the new Facebook page just created to shed light on all the  good stuff going on all around us in this city we love. It’s called Positive Modesto News, and it will feature relevant articles I publish on Examiner.com, … Continue reading

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Since January, I’ve been…

…Working at Athanatos Christian Ministries and Bard and Book, but currently taking a hiatus. Obtaining an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities, finally achieved this past spring semester at Modesto Junior College. I was privileged enough to be able to take … Continue reading

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Leibnizian Moral Argument?

I think my moral argument for God’s existence is similar to Leibniz’ cosmological argument (except it has to do with the explanation of the Good, a.k.a. the Golden Rule). If you’d rather not say “the Golden Rule,” then say what everyone … Continue reading

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The Problem of Evil (guest post)

This post was put together from the power point slides of a presentation given by my soon-to-be sixteen-year-old, Ethan Spikes. He delivered this presentation in front of 19 fellow students and a teacher. The Problem of Evil What is it? … Continue reading

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Stanislaus Quatrain

Linger down good ol’ Briggsmore or McHenry; sun-bathed tulip trees and queen palms line these rarely wet streets plastered with autumns’ leaves. Murmurations of starlings eclipse Scenic’s foothills. *** Submitted to MoSt for inclusion in the Stanislaus Poem. More Poetry … Continue reading

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