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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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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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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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An Irrational Rant Against Ratio Christi

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 with Ratio Christi but I continue to support it, partly because Christians need to learn how to think about life and faith. Huber himself demonstrates the vacancy that exists in some Christians’ thought process: As a fellow Christian, I find it ridiculous that they feel the need to, ‘Form strategic partnerships among professional apologists, faculty, and students for the purpose of exposing,…

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

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.) “If You Walk Away I Win” — Even If His King Is In Checkmate There’s a situation in chess called an “impasse:” an ending in which a player who is not in check cannot make any legal move. The game is over, but no one has won or lost. It’s a form of a draw, a tie, so to speak. Consider the…

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Get Ready for the “Day of Reason”

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 National Day of Reason. I’m reminded of the morning about three-and-a-half years ago when I was laying awake in bed, mulling over the coming “Reason Rally” scheduled for March 24, 2012 on the Mall in Washington D.C. Atheists were proclaiming themselves the party of reason then, too. What was bothering me then, and still does now, is that on the Internet and…

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Are You Rationally Competent To Assess Your Rational Competence?

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 argument; nor will he be persuaded rationally of his position’s irrationality. Update: corrections made at comments 2 and 3. Corollary 1: If I am rationally incompetent I may irrationally persist in thinking that I am competent. (See also the Dunning-Kruger Effect.) Corollary 2: If I believe I am rationally competent it is no sure sign that I am. Corollary 3: If I believe my arguments…

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

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 one side distorts the other, either by failing to understand or by intentional twisting, the debate is no longer about each side’s beliefs, but about one side’s false beliefs about the other’s beliefs. The result is usually that a weak straw man is put up and knocked down, in a classic display of fallacious reasoning. Today I’ve seen a glaring instance of…

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