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Month: October 2013

Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason

For those who think faith and reason were recently united by contemporary apologists trying to escape 20th and 21st century embarrassment: Key Christian Thinkers on Faith and Reason.

Unbelievable and Inhuman: “Faith is Belief Without Evidence”

Unbelievable and Inhuman: “Faith is Belief Without Evidence”

This is the third in a short series on the New Atheist belief that “faith is belief without evidence,” and its accompanying “faith is pretending to know things you don’t know.” Previously I wrote two versions of an argument showing that this position refutes itself. That’s bad enough. It’s worse than that, though. These beliefs fail the tests of believability and of humanity. They require us to believe that once Western civilization made it through the Goths, Visigoths, Huns, Vikings,…

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A Dialogue On “Faith is Belief Without Evidence”

A Dialogue On “Faith is Belief Without Evidence”

Phil and Alex are back in the coffee shop having a friendly talk as usual. And just as Elvis Presley’s guitar in his old movies could sound like an entire symphony orchestra (by the magic of film-making), so when Phil and Alex talk, they can speak hyper-links (by the magic of blog dialoguing). [This is an alternate version of my post on A Pair of Self-Refuting Atheist Errors.] ALEX: I know you don’t much like Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists,…

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A Self-Refuting Pair of Atheist Errors

A Self-Refuting Pair of Atheist Errors

I keep running into this pair of atheist errors. It happened again in two comments overnight last night. 1. “Faith” is belief without evidence. (See here and the web page linked from that comment.) 2. Christians don’t present evidence for God. (See here.) These comments weren’t made by the same individual, but the beliefs expressed in them are closely related. Christians say our belief is backed by evidence, which atheists often rebut by denying that it’s evidence after all. Which…

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Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

Ebook compilation available The atheist Twitter-sphere has been abuzz over Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists, and regular readers here know that I’ve been eagerly anticipating its publication. It came out almost two weeks ahead of its announced Nov. 1 release. I’d like to say I was happy about that, but I’m not. A Few Words of Appreciation—But Only a Few It’s not that I’m completely dissatisfied with this book. Dr. Boghossian does three thing that I consider quite…

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More Pretending From Boghossian

More Pretending From Boghossian

So here I am reading Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists, marking pages where he’s built his position on straw-man versions of faith, contradicted himself, and committed a host of other sins against his own chosen profession of philosophy. Actually in spite of that there are some things I like about him, which I’ll write up when I actually review the book. I haven’t finished it, so it would be premature now. But I just ran across a scene that…

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On “Creating Atheists”

On “Creating Atheists”

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 we’ve had a chance to read his book,…

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Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born

Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born

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 effort to make an atheist. Boghossian Is…

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Jerry Coyne’s Witch-Hunting Ways

Jerry Coyne’s Witch-Hunting Ways

If the essence of witch-hunting is in its minute inquiry, condemnation, and eventual throttling of what is feared as supernatural, then there’s a witch-hunt going on today in the most unlikely of places: among atheists in academia. The self-appointed magistrate in charge of this beady-eyed hunt for bewitchery is Dr. Jerry Coyne, professor of biology at the University of Chicago. Last April on his “Why Evolution Is True” blog he exposed an Honors course being taught by Dr. Eric Hedin…

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