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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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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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Some Belated Comments On Lawrence Krauss’s Enforced Ignorance in the New Yorker

Some Belated Comments On Lawrence Krauss’s Enforced Ignorance in the New Yorker

So here I am, finally getting around to responding to Lawrence Krauss’s New Yorker article last September, “All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists.” Someone posted a reference to it on Facebook that reminded me of it again. He thinks he’s correcting “enforced ignorance.” We shall see. I’m compelled to respond to several things: The Kim Davis story raises a basic question: To what extent should we allow people to break the law if their religious views are in conflict with…

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Smug Ignorance on Grievous Display in Dawkins Easter/Ishtar Graphic

Smug Ignorance on Grievous Display in Dawkins Easter/Ishtar Graphic

You can find the above image in Wikipedia’s entry on “facepalm,” and indeed that’s what it looks like. The sculptor, Henri Vidal, intended nothing of the sort. It’s a representation of Cain’s grief and shame after he had murdered Abel, his brother. That’s a fitting mix of reactions to the following image, which was shared yesterday on the official Richard Dawkins Facebook page. How might one respond to this? I can think of perhaps three or four ways. Some skeptics and atheists will undoubtedly take…

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Where the Gospels Came From

Where the Gospels Came From

Have you ever wondered where the gospels came from? Here’s your answer, compiled from Bart Ehrman (for the telephone game) and too many atheist Internet sources to list. (Yes, this is satire.) Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing of the sciences of reproduction, decay, entropy, metabolism, genetics–and therefore they didn’t know that babies are never born to virgins, and men who die never rise from the dead. One of those naive tribes was the…

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Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

I’m in a Facebook dialogue today (visible to friends) with an atheist, Spencer Hawkins, who says, The methods of science and history are not able to verify supernatural causation…. It is possible that these historical claims are all true, yet some other God exists, leaving the metaphysical claims of Christianity false…. the central problem that I have is an epistemological one: there is no reliable procedure to either confirm or disconfirm claims of supernatural causation. Demanding Incontrovertible Evidence Here’s what…

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Boghossian’s Street Epistemology: Not The Socratic Method

Boghossian’s Street Epistemology: Not The Socratic Method

In his Manual for Creating Atheists, Peter Boghossian teaches atheists to confront religious believers with questions that he describes as Socratic in style and method. John Loftus reiterated that recently. I think Socrates would have had a fit. Here’s why. Method matters in so far as it is a method for accomplishing something in particular. If I were to publish a Brand New 21st-Century Method! you would hardly buy it without asking, method for what? Street Epistemology might have a Socratic…

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John Loftus: Misdirection All Over Again

John Loftus: Misdirection All Over Again

In a post titled, “Christian Apologists Dishonestly Discuss Peter Boghossian’s Method,” John Loftus has published a video criticizing two talks Tim McGrew and I have given on Peter Boghossian-style “Street Epistemology.” His attacks return upon himself. Inference and Rebuttal: Misdirection In Action The video’s first clips imply that Tim and I believe “Fragenblitzen” is something like a universal Street Epistemologist (SE) tactic: “Street Epistemologists ask rapid questions to confuse.” We didn’t say that. It counters that supposed belief with two clips totaling 78…

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Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Book Review With all its sloppiness, error, and bias, it’s hard to know where to start in on evaluating Dr. Jerry Coyne’s latest book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Throughout the book I highlighted sentences and paragraphs where his facts were dubious or his reasoning questionable. My impression (I didn’t count) is that I averaged one of these “highlights” per page. Maybe I’m off by a factor of two, and there was just one every other…

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