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Skeptic Shermer Won’t Be Fooled Again; Gets Fooled Again

Skeptic Shermer Won’t Be Fooled Again; Gets Fooled Again

Let’s start by agreeing Shermer is right, as he opens this interview: Humans do seek out evidence that supports our beliefs. We do tend to cement our convictions more than we question them. He’s wrong, though, when he tells Stephen Colbert (at 1:40), “The only way to tell, really, the difference between these true patterns and false patterns is science.” I’m happy to leave the most obvious flaws in that thinking for you to discuss in the comments. For starters,…

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The Death of God, The Descent of Man, The Death of Humanity

The Death of God, The Descent of Man, The Death of Humanity

Is there any figure in all Western history more ironic than Friedrich Nietzsche, he who proclaimed the death of God? In mock tragic voice, his Madman even pretended to mourn it: God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What…

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Your Truth is Too Small

Your Truth is Too Small

A 69 year-old man in the Netherlands has asked a court there to lower his legal age to 49. He feels 49, and his doctor says he’s got the body of a 49 year-old. Undoubtedly that much is true. But his truth is too small. Skeptics point out the Old Testament’s restrictions against eating shellfish, and demand to know why Christians “don’t really believe what the Bible says after all.” Their reference to that restriction is true, but their truth…

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Atheists Casting Evidence to the Wind, Choosing Confirmation Bias Instead

Atheists Casting Evidence to the Wind, Choosing Confirmation Bias Instead

I’ve been watching the Brett Kavanaugh situation and writing about it on The Stream for a while, but there’s another side to it that’s bound to be of interest to readers here. It starts with the strong correlation between political liberalism and atheism. It’s not 100 percent, of course, but the connection has been noted by many researchers, and there’s no doubt it exists. The further left a person’s politics, the more likely he or she is to be an…

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Atheists and “Evidence”

Atheists and “Evidence”

Mike Gene got me thinking about atheists and evidence with a post today at Shadow to Light. (If you’re not following his blog, you really ought to be.) I comment there with the following thoughts, which I think are worth sharing more publicly. His post provides some necessary context, although if you’ve been involved in some of these conversations before you’ll be able to pick this up right from here.   Atheists frequently say “evidence” when they mean “proof.” For…

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What Is Faith? (Facebook Video)

What Is Faith? (Facebook Video)

The latest in my “Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way)” series with The Stream. Christianity is all about faith in Christ, right? But what is faith, anyway? The definition is more controversial than you might have thought. This talk is based on an article at The Stream. Image Credit(s): Patrick Fore, Unsplash.

Atheists’ Lack of Listening: Is It Arrogance or Defensiveness?

Atheists’ Lack of Listening: Is It Arrogance or Defensiveness?

It’s not just that they’re wrong. It’s that they’re so sure of themselves. I wonder if they think they’re so much smarter, they don’t even need to read what we write. It’s the arrogance, in other words. Or maybe something else, like defensiveness perhaps. It isn’t every atheist, certainly, but it’s pretty common. Last week, for example, Luis Granados wrote at The Humanist about William Lane Craig, His signature argument, borrowed from Thomas Aquinas, is that the universe must have a…

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