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Boghossian’s “Manual for Creating Atheists”

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

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Peter Boghossian wants to create atheists. He calls faith a dangerous belief, a virus, a contagious pathology. He says (32:30 here), “When I speak to speak to somebody of faith, I view them as a person who really is mentally ill.” Yet ironically he considers it frightful that anyone would “medicalize” attitudes toward Islam through using the word “Islamophobia.”

That’s one of several oddities in the conversation you …


Peter Boghossian’s Atheistic Mission

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

Peter Boghossian author of the not-yet-released Creating Atheists, is on an urgent mission. It isn’t really an atheistic mission, he says, except indirectly: he’s crusading for clear thinking, which he says will lead inevitably toward atheism.

I have reason to wonder about that.

Last Saturday I wrote that he’s a dangerous man. I know more about him now. I spent the rest of the day scanning hundreds of family photos into my computer, in preparation …

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Peter Boghossian’s Pretend Arguments

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

I’m not sure how best to characterize Peter Boghossian’s methods for undermining the word faith. He says faith is pretending to know what you don’t know. What then is the correct word for acting as if you’re contesting a certain position, when in reality you’re only teasing around with it, at its easiest and most inconsequential fringes? How about this: Peter Boghossian’s pretend arguments.

That may seem like a harsh assessment to make of …


Peter Boghossian Pretends To Know What He Doesn’t Know

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

Peter Boghossian pretends to know what he doesn’t know. Though he claims to be on a campaign to eradicate faith, which he defines as the unreliable way of knowing that always leads people to pretend to know what they do not know, he makes that very error himself, right in the heart of his complaints about faith.

Parading himself as a paragon of clear thinking, in reality he’s a walking self-contradiction. It’s one …

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Questions for Peter Boghossian

Monday, August 12th, 2013

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

I have some questions for Peter Boghossian. He tweeted my first article in this series, so it seems reasonable to think he’s aware of what I’ve been writing here.

Greetings, Dr. Boghossian, and thank you for visiting. I look forward to a pleasant and productive conversation.

The questions here refer back mostly to this post. If you find significant weaknesses in that post or any other in this series, I invite you …


How Peter Boghossian Gets Faith Wrong

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

I’ve been saying Peter Boghossian gets faith wrong, defining it as “pretending to know what you don’t know.” This should hardly come as any surprise; he gets all kinds of things wrong, including good thinking and/or honest communication, as I’ve shown earlier in this series, so why would anyone think he got faith right? Nevertheless, the complaint I’m raising against his (ahem) definition demands that I provide an alternative one.

What’s a Good …


What Do Peter Boghossian and Josh McDowell Have In Common?

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

What do atheist professor Peter Boghossian and some top apologists, including Josh McDowell, have in common? Hint: it’s a teaching technique.

The one difference (it’s a big one) is that when it comes time to press on to the truth, McDowell stays on course, while Boghossian steers his listeners right off the track. See what I mean in my Worldview and You column this month at BreakPoint.

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Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian Atheists Are Made, Not Born

Dr. Peter Boghossian’s book A Manual for Creating Atheists is due for publication on November 1. What the title implies is true: atheists are made, not born. Some atheists seem to think that atheism is a sort of default position that requires no proof to support it. Both anthropological and human developmental research, however, indicate that belief in God (or gods) is the human’s natural position. It takes …


On “Creating Atheists”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

I’m expecting my copy of Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists today. In the meantime, he has already made his views known to a significant degree, as evidenced by this series. He has his views on creating atheists. So do several writers with whom I’m associated, and we’re assembling our thoughts on a website titled On “Creating Atheists”. It’s off to a good start, but there will be much more once …

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