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Month: November 2016

So You Want An Unbiased Opinion On Christianity? You’re Piling On More Bias Than You Think!

So You Want An Unbiased Opinion On Christianity? You’re Piling On More Bias Than You Think!

Book Review: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Part Two Bias To the Max Jason Long survey’s persuasion theory in chapter 3 of John Loftus’s The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Similar critiques apply to what I wrote about the rest of the book’s part one. But there’s one thing in particular that bears analysis. It’s the idea that you can’t trust a biased opinion. Sounds reasonable enough, right? Long puts it this way: Scholars who begin with no emotional investment in…

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Truth Revolution Interview On Naturalistic Atheism

Truth Revolution Interview On Naturalistic Atheism

Tons of fun talking with Jeff Piepho and Dave Waggoner at Truth Revolution about my article, “Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview.” Be sure to check out the original web page, with their links and all the discussion there. The True Reason book Jeff loves so much (Thanks, Jeff!) is available here. Enjoy!

One Easy Way You Can Help Advance Local Church Apologetics

One Easy Way You Can Help Advance Local Church Apologetics

It’s Giving Tuesday today, and today I’m inviting you to help propel a strategic new ministry forward. National Ministry Context Shortly before Thanksgiving I was in San Antonio for meetings, one of which was the for the apologetics leadership group whose founding I led three years ago. These semi-annual gatherings include a specially invited handful of writers, speakers, and educational leaders with national influence in Christian apologetics (reasons for belief in Christ). This group’s ministry is as crucial as it gets….

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How John Loftus’s The Christian Delusion Fails: Part One

How John Loftus’s The Christian Delusion Fails: Part One

Book Review: The Christian Delusion John Loftus’s Facebook page lit up recently after I answered his question about going to church. Several of his friends challenged me to dig in to the meat of Loftus’s work. I had two of his books on my “guilt shelf” (books I own that I know I really ought to read), so I dove into one of them: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. My conclusion: there actually is some meat here, some things worth thinking…

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An Open Letter Of Hope To Gregory Magarshak, Man of Many Questions

An Open Letter Of Hope To Gregory Magarshak, Man of Many Questions

Greetings, Gregory! It’s been more than five years since you were on this blog, so when I met you in San Antonio last week, I didn’t realize it was you. We didn’t exchange our last names, so you didn’t know it was me, either. I had trouble sleeping after our conversation, though, which I think had something to do with my unconscious trying to wake up a memory in my conscious mind, and early last Saturday morning I realized with quite…

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There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality

There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality

BillB left some thoughtful comments about morality and well-being on my recent post, “Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview.” I started to answer him there, but it turned into a long blog post’s worth of material. Since I started out addressing it in the second person to BillB, I’m posting it here in that form, but this is for all to read and respond to. Greetings, BillB, and thanks for commenting. Your idea of right is that it is “that…

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Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

The other day I listed 50 facts and features of reality that Christianity explains better than any other worldview I know of. Every worldview has a way of explaining these 50 things, but only Christianity does so without having to force-fit these facts into its philosophy. Other worldviews take one or more of them to be unreal in some sense; only Christianity takes their reality seriously. This is obviously true of the items I listed under “History” in that article, which are all…

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What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

Skeptics often ask, “Is there anything that could possibly cause you to give up your belief in Jesus Christ?” It’s a good question and  a complicated one. The good part is this: As Popper explained, knowledge should be falsifiable in principle. If you hold a belief that can’t be falsified under any imaginable circumstances, your belief might be disconnected from reality. If it wasn’t true, how would you know it wasn’t true? If you can’t answer that question, then maybe…

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John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus, the affable hat-wearing atheist who loves to poke quasi-informed fun at Christians, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Except for extremely rare circumstance I don’t go to church. For one thing, I don’t need to be reminded to be good. For another, I find a deity who commands people to worship him egocentric, regardless of whether he deserves it or not. For yet another reason, I can get more things done by actually doing something rather than by praying. Then…

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