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Overconfident Atheistic Argument Against What No One Believes: Why?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Justin Schieber of Reasonable Doubts likes to tweet aphorisms that undermine religious faith. We had a short Twitter conversation about one of them this morning.

Before I get to it, I want to clarify why I’m writing about this today. There’s an argument behind an argument here. We’ll get to that in a moment, but when we get there, I don’t want you to think that’s the reason I’m posting this. My purpose here is to expose a certain kind of incomplete emptiness in this …

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Michael Shermer’s Inadvertent Argument for Christianity

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A reader wrote and asked me if I had seen Michael Shermer’s Salon article, “Bill Maher is right about religion.” I hadn’t. The article is subtitled, “The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress.” I found it, well, ridiculous.

Misguided Criticism of Normal Human Groups

There’s too much wrong there to respond to in one blog post. His main point, concerning religions’ moral history, will be part of the first topic I plan to take up with the new …


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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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 …


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