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Is There a Difference Between Theist and Atheist “Irrationality”?

Is There a Difference Between Theist and Atheist “Irrationality”?

Defining “Irrationality” It seems to me there’s a difference between theists’ and atheists’ ideas of “irrationality.”When Christian apologists speak of reason and rational thinking, more often than not they’re talking about the practice of moving from carefully evaluated evidences and premises through a valid process of logical reasoning to a sound conclusion. They’re talking about reasoning. Irrationality, for apologists, is typically definable as, applying unsound and/or fallacious reasoning. In my experience with leading New Atheist authors and in online debates,…

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The Extraordinary Story Behind True Reason

The Extraordinary Story Behind True Reason

Have you heard the story of True Reason? It’s the tale of a book that went from conception to completion in just seventy-seven days; a story that includes both uncommon cooperation and odd sorts of conflict, with God’s hand obviously on it at every step. The surprises continue all the way through to the second edition, just released by Kregel Publications. It started with a misnamed atheistic rally. On March 24, 2012, leading New Atheists held “the largest gathering of the secular movement…

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Evidence for God: Argument From Reason Redux

Evidence for God: Argument From Reason Redux

My post on The Argument From Reason generated considerable discussion but not nearly enough understanding. I’m going to take another run at explaining those things here, since I think some of the blame is mine for not being clear enough as to what the argument was intended to do. What The argument intends to do This is an argument against a form of atheist materialism (or naturalism, or physicalism) that believes that nothing exists in all reality except matter and…

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Live Interview Tomorrow With Janet Mefferd: True Reason

Live Interview Tomorrow With Janet Mefferd: True Reason

  True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism is coming out any day now! Tomorrow at 4 pm EST I’ll be talking with Janet Mefferd about this book, a newly revised look at Christian rationality, as opposed to New Atheist irrationality. Listen in with us!

The Debater’s Duty: Don’t Distort What You Dispute

The Debater’s Duty: Don’t Distort What You Dispute

I wrote this in a comment directed to someone who had tried to dispute Christianity, but who stated it in a form that no one believes it. Here I’ll put it forth as a general principle. Please hold me accountable to it, as I will also do with you. This is the debater’s freedom and the debater’s discipline: the debater’s duty, in other words When it comes to contesting another’s position, you are both free and not free. You are…

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidence for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidence for. You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. They’re right, however, only to the extent that they misunderstand…

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What If There Might Be Evidence For Faith?

What If There Might Be Evidence For Faith?

TFBW’s assessment of the Boghossifying project in my earlier post seems accurate. If Boghossian is correct, Abe cannot have veridical evidence for his faith. So let’s parse this out a little further: IF Abe has faith, and IF Boghossian’s substitutions are accurate, THEN we know Abe has no (veridical) evidence for his faith. We can conclude this strictly on the basis of Boghossian’s Substitution Theorem. (I made that name up. It seems appropriate enough. Abbreviating it might or might not…

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The Great Demolition of Christian Faith, Per Boghossian

The Great Demolition of Christian Faith, Per Boghossian

Happy New Year, James Lindsay. I want to take this opportunity to assess your review of my book on Boghossian, which he described as “genius;” a great “demolition of (Christian) faith.” What I want to do here is to see whether you’ve done as any good Boghossianite should do, and backed up your claims with evidence and sound reasoning. I won’t include the non-controversial claims you make, such as the importance of paying attention to his book, or “Other ancient…

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It’s Not About the CV, It’s About Whether It’s True Or Not

It’s Not About the CV, It’s About Whether It’s True Or Not

Someone sent an email my way via Ratio Christi’s contact page, offering this tidbit of wisdom: Why do you flatter yourself by believing that Peter Boghossian would waste his time with your nonsense? You are not even in the same league. This is an excellent corollary to the fact that Dawkins will not debate creationists. It would look good on your C.V. but not Peters [sic]. I don’t think I’m in the same league as Boghossian at all. His command…

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