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What Is the Arizona Atheist After? (True Reason Criticisms)

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I’m having trouble figuring out what the Arizona Atheist is after in his critique of my Chapter 14 in True Reason: Responding to the Irrationality of the New Atheism. (You can read a version of that chapter here.)

He might be trying to show that my explanation was ad hoc. He mentioned something to that effect early on, but if that was his purpose, he didn’t carry it through. He proceeded to write as if trying to show that my explanation was …

 

The Arizona Atheist Critiques “True Reason” — My Reply

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Some time ago the Arizona Atheist critiqued my comments on Richard Dawkins in Chapter 1 of True Reason. I answered him, then he responded in turn, and now it’s my turn again. The point specifically in question is what I had to say about Richard Dawkins’ book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.

There is much in AA’s most recent response that puzzles me. For example, he says,

In your chapter, you …

 

Peter Boghossian Debates Timothy McGrew Saturday on “Unbelievable”

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

This Saturday’s Unbelievable with Justin Brierley features a debate between Peter Boghossian, Ed.D., and Timothy McGrew, Ph.D., on Boghossian’s, Manual for Creating Atheists. It’s a radio show airing at 2:30 pm in England, and available live online everywhere else, from the link above. For North Americans, if I’ve got my time zones right it’s playing at 9:30 am EDT.

Dr. Boghossian is an instructor in philosophy at Portland State University, whose book and lectures I have interacted with at length. Dr. McGrew …

 

Truth Revolution: Reasoning With the New Atheism (Podcast)

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

My interview with Jeff Piepho and Dave Waggoner of Truth Revolution was broadcast this morning, and is available now for listening live. We talked for more than half an hour on the book I co-edited, True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism (see the sidebar) and on Ratio Christi. They’re great interview hosts, and it was a really enjoyable conversation for me. Check it out!


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No, I Don’t Consider It That Kind of Game

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

I don’t expect anything I write here to change JT Eberhard’s mind about me or about Christianity. I just want to wonder out loud which of his values and beliefs he thinks he is expressing in this blog post.

Values With Respect To Other Persons

The title of the blog post is “Tom Gilson wants to play with me.” That’s a baiting and belittling approach. Using profanity while purportedly carrying on reasoned discussion. Assuming throughout that “reason has jumped ship” among Christians—a dehumanizing assumption. …


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Why Professor Fincke’s Analysis of “God’s Not Dead” Didn’t Actually Care About What the Movie Was About

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Professor (of sorts) Daniel Fincke set out to write an analysis of the movie God’s Not Dead. What he accomplished with it ended up being something else entirely. He admitted early on that the topic had gotten away from him, and that this had turned into much more than a review. It seems to me that it also turned into less than a review.

We’ll take his points in turn. I must warn you: his post was lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ong. Many of his subpoints were as long …

 

Misunderstood or Misrepresented: JT’s Straw-Man Version of My Beliefs

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Intellectually responsible debate requires understanding what you’re disputing. That’s one of the most well-established tenets of debate. When one side distorts the other, either by failing to understand or by intentional twisting, the debate is no longer about each side’s beliefs, but about one side’s false beliefs about the other’s beliefs. The result is usually that a weak straw man is put up and knocked down, in a classic display of fallacious reasoning.

Today I’ve seen a glaring instance of dispute without understanding. It’s at …

 

True Reason Up For Discussion at The Friendly Atheist

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Our newly released second edition of True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism is under discussion at The Friendly Atheist.

It started with Hemant Mehta’s graciously posting an excerpt from the book several days ago, with some gracious(?) comments following. The agreement was that I would write a response for him to post, which came online today—with more gracious(?) discussion to follow.

Check it out!

 

Is There a Difference Between Theist and Atheist “Irrationality”?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Defining “Irrationality”

It seems to me there’s a difference between theists’ and atheists’ ideas of “irrationality.”When Christian apologists speak of reason and rational thinking, more often than not they’re talking about the practice of moving from carefully evaluated evidences and premises through a valid process of logical reasoning to a sound conclusion. They’re talking about reasoning. Irrationality, for apologists, is typically definable as, applying unsound and/or fallacious reasoning.

In my experience with leading New Atheist authors and in online debates, more often than not their …

 

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