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Turek-Shermer Debate: Does a Christian Have the Right to Finish a Sentence?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A couple years ago Eric Chabot and I were talking with students and giving away copies of True Reason on the Oval at Ohio State University. Eric is the Ratio Christi chapter director there, and I was with him as a friend and as editor of the book.

Most of our conversations that day were cordial, respectful, and enjoyable. One stands out in contrast, though. A red-headed student came up with metaphorical guns blazing, angry at Christians for standing in the way of gay …

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Atheists’ Skepticism as Better Explanation?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

There are many ironies in the list of “better explanations” atheists graciously provided in response to a recent blog post here, but perhaps none greater than atheists’ skepticism:

I figure if there’s an atheist worldview it might be the same as the scientific worldview, which means questioning things and looking for physical evidence, unlike the religious worldview which means trusting and submitting to authority.

There’s a sentiment in there that’s echoed in …

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Atheists: “Our Worldviews Explain These Things Better”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

A couple days ago I asked atheists to let us know what their worldviews explained better than Christianity. (I did not say atheism was a worldview. See that post for more on that.)

I’ve processed the answers through a Mac program called “The Brain.” It’s pretty interesting what it can do. See the outline and interconnections here. It looks like this (though larger), but click on any of the outline points there, …

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Atheists: What Does Your Worldview Explain Better Than Christianity?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

I have a question for atheists. What does your worldview explain better than Christianity?

Notice that I asked, “what does your worldview explain better than Christianity?” I know you don’t think atheism is a belief system. I think you have a worldview regardless, and whatever else may be true of your worldview, if you’re an atheist, it’s probably something like an atheistic worldview.

By “Christianity,” I mean historic, creedal Christianity, as reflected in …

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Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Book Review

How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story by David Marshall.

(Full disclosure: David Marshall is a friend and a contributor to True Reason, in which he wrote an early, brief form of part of the argument in How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test. This review is based on a draft David sent me before final editing, so I will not be quoting much from it.)

In the earliest days of the church there was a skeptic named Celsus whose …


Conversations with Tim McGrew About Peter Boghossian

Friday, January 16th, 2015

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian Audio and Video!

Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists, published late in 2013, caught my attention for being one of the more strategically influential approaches New Atheism has brought to the table. Last week I had a conversation with my friend Dr. Tim McGrew about Peter Boghossian, in a plenary session at Defend the Faith, a week-long apologetics conference in New Orleans.

It wasn’t the first time we had done this—see the video below …

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Swing and A Miss? (Jeffery Jay Lowder, Secular Outpost)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

I’m confused.

According to Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost, I failed to refute Schellenberg’s argument on divine hiddenness; in fact, I failed so badly I didn’t even address Schellenberg’s argument. What worse failure could there be?!

I can tell I let you down, Mr. Lowder. I’m not sure, though, how I set you up for that disappointment. After all, I didn’t actually say the blog post was intended as a refutation of Schellenberg. There are three clues that might have indicated …

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I don’t understand indifference toward Jesus Christ

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Of all the possible ways to think about Jesus Christ, the one that baffles me most is indifference. He is the most remarkable character in all history and literature, and for that reason alone he deserves a close look. I don’t think that’s disputable. Obviously there’s debate as to whether he’s an historical character or a fictional one. The thing is, though, either way, he stands out above all the rest.

He stands out in the eyes of the other major religions. As Craig Hazen …

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Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians (?)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

[Update July 20: I have come to the decision that before God and all readers here, I regret writing this piece. It was poor judgment at the end of an unusually stressful week. The error I made was in forgetting the breadth of the audience that would read it. I know that Christians who read New Atheist or other Internet atheist sources regularly will recognize what’s going on in this parody, because we’ve experienced the things this piece is lampooning. I should have recognized that …

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