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Month: February 2014

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

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

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…

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Nabeel Qureshi: “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity”

Nabeel Qureshi: “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity”

Book Review Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi. The second time I met Nabeel Qureshi, I had a question I knew I had to ask: “You’re a medical doctor. Why are you working as a youth pastor instead?” There’s a story there, as it turns out: a lot of story. The first time met him had been a few months earlier, in November 2009, at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics. We discovered we…

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Evidence for God: Humanness and the Interaction Problem

Evidence for God: Humanness and the Interaction Problem

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…

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What I Do Not Realize Is In Fact…

What I Do Not Realize Is In Fact…

Just for fun… I get spam comments here. Most of them appear to be machine translations from some other language into English. One of them today began with this: What i [sic] do not realize is in fact how you’re now not really much more smartly-appreciated than you may be now. My first response to that was, Huh? Does this even mean anything? My second response was my eager question, Could it be a compliment? Lots of spam comments butter…

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Evidence for God: Humanness and Free Will

Evidence for God: Humanness and Free Will

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith Introductory Humanness and Theism The most immediately available evidence we all have for the reality of God is our own human experience. It may not be immediately obvious why this is so, however. In this first set of posts in my Evidence for God series I propose to explain the connection as I see it. In our humanness we share much with the animal world, but it is our distinct differences…

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Licona on the Gospels, Not Ham vs. Nye

Licona on the Gospels, Not Ham vs. Nye

It's the evening of the great Ham and Nye debate. Here's my vote: Licona on the gospels instead. Michael Licona is online now, teaching in Houston at the same time as the heavily hyped debate. He's sharing his groundbreaking research on the manner in which biography was written in the ancient world. Based on Plutarch's Lives, and the multiple views Plutarch took on similar events in multiple “Lives,” Licona is demonstrating most helpfully that the genre of biograpy was handled…

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Geek Question: Cloudflare Statistics Gone Wild!

Geek Question: Cloudflare Statistics Gone Wild!

This is a pure geek question about a problem I’m having with Cloudflare statistics. I use Cloudflare to speed up the website and block “threats.” It also delivers stats, which they claim are usually more accurate than any other log system. Its regular traffic numbers have always been somewhat higher than other stats loggers’. Through most of 2013, the Cloudflare/Other Loggers ratio was 5.5 (SD=2.8; Pearson correlation of the two stat sets R^2=0.18: lots of variance and not an impressively…

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Evidence for God: Humanness, From a Personal Angle

Evidence for God: Humanness, From a Personal Angle

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith How do we know Christianity is true? What evidence is there for our beliefs? The answers to the first question are as broad-ranging as the question itself. The answers to the second depend on which beliefs we have in mind. This series is title, in part “Why I Believe.” I don’t intend to stay focused on that for long, since my reasons for belief need not have anything to do with…

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The Debater’s Duty: Don’t Distort What You Dispute

The Debater’s Duty: Don’t Distort What You Dispute

I wrote this in a comment directed to someone who had tried to dispute Christianity, but who stated it in a form that no one believes it. Here I’ll put it forth as a general principle. Please hold me accountable to it, as I will also do with you. This is the debater’s freedom and the debater’s discipline: the debater’s duty, in other words When it comes to contesting another’s position, you are both free and not free. You are…

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