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“Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Wasting Paper (Part 3): Deepities”

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Randal Rauser on Peter Boghossian

Chapter 2 of A Manual for Creating Atheists addresses the topic of “Faith”. In this installment I’m going to camp on pages 21-22 as I analyze Boghossian’s use of the concept of “deepity” and his list of alleged paradigm instances of deepitiness as regards faith. I’m camping on this brief section because it highlights effectively the degree of Boghossian’s unparalleled analytic confusion, inexcusable sloppiness, and barbaric hermeneutical presumption.

[From Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Wasting Paper (Part …


Evidence for God: Humanness and the Interaction Problem

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith

Ah, the interaction problem finally appears on the stage. I was expecting it to arise in the course of my discussions about humanness and evidence for the faith. I had decided not to include it until someone brought it up.  The question is: if the physical brain is not the whole story, and if human mind is immaterial, how does that immaterial mind interact with the physical world?

Not Ruled Out By Science

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Faith, Reason, and Regeneration

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

One more thing needs to be said by way of understanding faith and reason. I alluded to this briefly in a late edit to yesterday’s blog post, but I need to expand upon it. Here’s a somewhat more complete statement:

Faith in God is entirely rational, but rationality will not cause faith in God. Faith is not just cognitive but also relational: to trust God is not only to agree to facts about God but to yield to his always-good will and to enjoy …

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith

I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidences for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidences for.

You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. They’re right, however, only to the extent that they misunderstand what faith is, …


What If There Might Be Evidence For Faith?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

TFBW’s assessment of the Boghossifying project in my earlier post seems accurate. If Boghossian is correct, Abe cannot have veridical evidence for his faith.

So let’s parse this out a little further:

IF Abe has faith, and IF Boghossian’s substitutions are accurate, THEN we know Abe has no (veridical) evidence for his faith.

We can conclude this strictly on the basis of Boghossian’s Substitution Theorem. (I made that name up. It seems appropriate enough. Abbreviating it might or might not be. See the …


Fun With Boghossifying: Asking a Faith Question the Boghossian Way

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Here’s a fun question to play with. Perhaps you know that Peter Boghossian calls on his followers to substitute out the word “faith” whenever they see it, and replace it with “pretending to know what you cannot know.” For example, “The righteous shall live by pretending to know what they cannot know.”

Now, I don’t think much of that, for multiple reasons I don’t need to repeat here. And I thought I was done with Boghossian for a while. But then I thought, We could …

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Is Faith An Unreliable Epistemology?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Though he has yet to respond to mine, which came first in the sequence of our discussions, I’m going to devote some time now to James Lindsay’s “central question, ” which is whether the epistemology of faith is unreliable. The answer is no, because the question is wrong in its premises.

I’ll have to apologize for the length of this post. It takes time to answer a question, when the first step is to explain how the question is built on wrong premises to start …


The Great Demolition of Christian Faith, Per Boghossian

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year, James Lindsay. I want to take this opportunity to assess your review of my book on Boghossian, which he described as “genius;” a great “demolition of (Christian) faith.” What I want to do here is to see whether you’ve done as any good Boghossianite should do, and backed up your claims with evidence and sound reasoning.

I won’t include the non-controversial claims you make, such as the importance of paying attention to his book, or “Other ancient religions that have died (or …


On James Lindsay’s Response to My Open Letter To Peter Boghossian

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

James, I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response to my Open Letter to Peter Boghossian. You anticipated many of my thoughts, answered several others, and gave me much to think about.

As you might expect, however, I do have some concerns.

A Children’s Book By Dawkins

A Christian thinker could little other than lament the situation, however, where he has presented an argument heavily influenced by the great Christian thinkers of all times, and he is answered by a reference to Richard Dawkins, …


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