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Month: March 2014

Evidence for God: Humanness and Moral Knowledge, Part 1

Evidence for God: Humanness and Moral Knowledge, Part 1

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith Introduction: Moral Knowledge We All Share Do you know whether it’s right or wrong for parents to nurture their children? Do you know whether it’s right or wrong for parents to torture their children for fun? Do you know whether it’s right or wrong for a power plant to practice green environmental methods? Do you know whether it is right or wrong for a chemical plant to dump its waste products into…

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

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

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…

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True Reason Up For Discussion at The Friendly Atheist

True Reason Up For Discussion at The Friendly Atheist

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”?

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

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,…

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Why Do So Many Of Us Want To See the Movie God’s Not Dead?

Why Do So Many Of Us Want To See the Movie God’s Not Dead?

The Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead opened in 784 jam-packed theaters last night, averaging $10,400 per screen. For comparison, no film showing in more than five hundred theaters the previous weekend took in more than $5730 per screen, and last weekend’s top ten, on average, took in only one-third of God’s Not Dead’s first-night revenues.* This film taps into something in the Christian psyche. What is it? While there were reviews that came out before opening night, including mine,…

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Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi

Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi

From the Ratio Christi website: Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead | Ratio Christi: “Must-See Movie Opens March 21: God’s Not Dead ” I saw the movie in a pre-screening several weeks ago, and I can only tell you that it’s very, very good. I recommend it highly. I’ve been asked whether it resorts to cheap or cheesy plot manipulations, and whether the circumstances portrayed in the trailer are realistic. I’ve addressed both of those questions in a…

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Not Really Gone

Not Really Gone

I’ve disappeared from participation here the past few days. Everything is fine but my schedule has been packed. I’ll be back again soon, maybe tomorrow.

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