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Ricky Gervais Makes the Usual Atheist Mistakes

Ricky Gervais Makes the Usual Atheist Mistakes

Ricky Gervais is a British comedian who some consider more influential among atheists than the famed Richard Dawkins. I guess that means the time had to come when I would respond to him here. He had a short conversation with Stephen Colbert recently about God. He probably thought he scored some points on Colbert, a devout Catholic. Maybe so for entertainment value, but not much else, I’m afraid. He makes the usual atheist mistakes. Let’s look at some of his main…

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John Loftus and His Hypothetical God

John Loftus and His Hypothetical God

[Update 2/6/17: This is proving to be a learning project for me. Good questions have come up in comments here and on Facebook. So at this stage I’m not seeing my original post here as a complete and satisfactory answer, but as a discussion starter instead. Some important answers may be found in the comments. Even there it’s still in process, but if you have questions or see faults in the original post, be aware that I’m open to discussion….

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No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology

No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology

Is faith a failed way of knowing? I keep hearing from atheists and skeptics that “faith is a failed epistemology.” What they mean is that if religion is something we know by faith, then we don’t know it at all, because there are too many ways to go wrong in knowing “by faith.” Now, if faith were indeed an epistemology — a way of knowing, in the sense that they’re talking about there — they would be right. It’s a…

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John Loftus’s God-Answer to Animal Suffering: A World Without Nature, Science, Human Freedom, or Moral Significance

John Loftus’s God-Answer to Animal Suffering: A World Without Nature, Science, Human Freedom, or Moral Significance

Book Review The Problem of Animal Suffering In a chapter of his own in his edited book The Christian Delusion, John Loftus says there is no possible justification for God to have allowed all the enormous suffering that animals in our world have experienced. It’s a question on which I have done no study at all, so I found his survey of eight Christian answers quite informative — albeit with some cracks in his logic I don’t have space for here — until answer seven. There’s no…

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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!

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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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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