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Turek-Shermer Debate: Does a Christian Have the Right to Finish a Sentence?

Turek-Shermer Debate: Does a Christian Have the Right to Finish a Sentence?

A couple years ago Eric Chabot and I were talking with students and giving away copies of True Reason on the Oval at Ohio State University. Eric is the Ratio Christi chapter director there, and I was with him as a friend and as editor of the book. Most of our conversations that day were cordial, respectful, and enjoyable. One stands out in contrast, though. A red-headed student came up with metaphorical guns blazing, angry at Christians for standing in…

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Overconfident Atheistic Argument Against What No One Believes: Why?

Overconfident Atheistic Argument Against What No One Believes: Why?

Justin Schieber of Reasonable Doubts likes to tweet aphorisms that undermine religious faith. We had a short Twitter conversation about one of them this morning. Before I get to it, I want to clarify why I’m writing about this today. There’s an argument behind an argument here. We’ll get to that in a moment, but when we get there, I don’t want you to think that’s the reason I’m posting this. My purpose here is to expose a certain kind…

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Just Say No to Fragenblitzen

Just Say No to Fragenblitzen

It’s totally predictable, whenever I blog on certain topics: the argumentum ad Frgenblitzen. The term comes from the German Fragen, for “questions,” and Blitzen, for “lightning,” with an intentional allusion to Blitzkrieg. It happens whenever I write about homosexual activism, gay marriage, and Intelligent Design, and frequently when I write on other topics as well. Fragenblitzen takes advantage of two facts that apply to almost any debate: (1) It takes a lot longer to answer a question than to ask…

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Peter Boghossian Debates Timothy McGrew Saturday on “Unbelievable”

Peter Boghossian Debates Timothy McGrew Saturday on “Unbelievable”

This Saturday’s Unbelievable with Justin Brierley features a debate between Peter Boghossian, Ed.D., and Timothy McGrew, Ph.D., on Boghossian’s, Manual for Creating Atheists. It’s a radio show airing at 2:30 pm in England, and available live online everywhere else, from the link above. For North Americans, if I’ve got my time zones right it’s playing at 9:30 am EDT. Dr. Boghossian is an instructor in philosophy at Portland State University, whose book and lectures I have interacted with at length….

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The Great Debate: In Which the Atheist Explains In the End He Didn’t Mean Any Of It

The Great Debate: In Which the Atheist Explains In the End He Didn’t Mean Any Of It

Follow-up 2/2/13: If You Think Atheism Is True, Then Atheism Is False Just completed, live on the Internet: Apologetics 315: William Lane Craig vs Alex Rosenberg Debate MP3 Audio Stick around to the end of the debate, and find out why I say “I’m buying Alex Rosenberg’s book so I can find out what it doesn’t mean.” For those who are familiar with the philosophical questions of “aboutness,” here’s a preview from chapter 8 of The Atheist’s Guide to Reality….

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Craig-Cooke Debate

Craig-Cooke Debate

A few weeks ago at Auckland University, New Zealand, William Lane Craig debated Bill Cooke on “Is Belief In God a Delusion?” I hope you’ll view the debate. I have just a few points from it to highlight. Dr. Craig had the opening statement and offered reasons to believe there is a God. Dr. Cooke’s approaches included giving emotional reasons to be repelled by belief in God, including some rather irrelevant political shots; questioning whether we really know what we…

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God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence

God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence

Updates have been posted on one of the best online theism/atheism debates: God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence I missed some of this as it was going on. Thanks go to Fides Quarens Intellectum for the reminder. Not sure when I’ll get a chance to read this, though, since I’m in the middle of a couple very busy weeks at work.

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