Tom Gilson

Rationality and Reasoning

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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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An Irrational Rant Against Ratio Christi

Jacob Hubers thinks Ratio Christi is a “horror.” Clearly he’s disturbed that it exists. I am no longer ...

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The “If you walk away I win” Fallacy (The Incompetent Impasse)

(I wrote this in a comment yesterday, and I’ve decided to bring it out here for future reference.) ...

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Get Ready for the “Day of Reason”

Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Atheists have an answer: the ...

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Are You Rationally Competent To Assess Your Rational Competence?

Observation: The one who is incompetent at rational argument will never be persuaded of his incompetence by rational ...

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Misunderstood or Misrepresented: JT’s Straw-Man Version of My Beliefs

Intellectually responsible debate requires understanding what you’re disputing. That’s one of the most well-established tenets of debate. When ...

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  • Tom Gilson July 9, 2020 at 7:24 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsYou’re not trying to be rude? Really? If you want to rewind, then begin by reading what I wrote, not by asking me to rewrite it. I've already answered that question. Repeatedly. You're honestly not paying attention. I haven't answered with numbers like you want me to, but I have
  • Shane Fletcher July 9, 2020 at 2:26 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsI'm not trying to be rude, or poke you with a stick. I'm honestly asking for clarification. I'll attempt to rewind. You: "If you know of any in recent history, though, you’re welcome to list them. I’ll be wondering whether it’s a long enough list to conclude it’s a widespread,
  • Tom Gilson July 8, 2020 at 8:01 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsDoes that mean my wondering is meaningless? Good grief, no. Wondering is wondering. How much background info does it require to wonder? Why on earth would you even ask such a question? And even if it were a halfway sensible kind of question, why would you ask without offering the

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