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Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason

For those who think faith and reason were recently united by contemporary apologists trying to escape 20th and 21st century embarrassment: Key Christian Thinkers on Faith and Reason.

Questions for Peter Boghossian

Questions for Peter Boghossian

I have some questions for Peter Boghossian. He tweeted my first article in this series, so it seems reasonable to think he’s aware of what I’ve been writing here. Greetings, Dr. Boghossian, and thank you for visiting. I look forward to a pleasant and productive conversation. The questions here refer back mostly to this post. If you find significant weaknesses in that post or any other in this series, I invite you to explain to us what you may find, along…

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Peter Boghossian’s Pretend Arguments

Peter Boghossian’s Pretend Arguments

I’m not sure how best to characterize Peter Boghossian’s methods for undermining the word faith. He says faith is pretending to know what you don’t know. What then is the correct word for acting as if you’re contesting a certain position, when in reality you’re only teasing around with it, at its easiest and most inconsequential fringes? How about this: Peter Boghossian’s pretend arguments. That may seem like a harsh assessment to make of a philosophy professor, or maybe even a…

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Morality and Human Nature: Why Atheists Get It Right and Wrong (Part 2)

Morality and Human Nature: Why Atheists Get It Right and Wrong (Part 2)

Atheists who believe it’s good to maximize human well-being cannot support that position with evidences or with reason, but only with prejudice and sentiment. In today’s post, the continuation of a topic I started two days ago on morality and human nature, I will try to explain and defend my reasons for saying so. I’ll begin by quoting some comments from recent threads, which I find to be typical among believers in naturalistic evolution. I believe we can use a…

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The Bastion of Reason

The Bastion of Reason

Quoted in David Feddes, Missional Apologetics: Cultural Diagnosis and Gospel Plausibility in C.S. Lewis and Leslie Newbigin: Newbigin thought that it might be “the greatest task of the church of the twenty-first century to be the bastion of reason in a world of unreason…. Definitely. Hence True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism.

On Belief and Emotional Reasoning

On Belief and Emotional Reasoning

I’m getting ready to write a blog post on why Christians sing. I’ve seen atheists/skeptics criticize Christianity for using songs to get ourselves amped up emotionally and (so they say) cut off our reasoning faculties. In the course of searching for one of those statements I ran across these two pages. It’s just an interesting juxtaposition, nothing more. You need not draw any conclusions 🙂 .   The Live Science headline from last May was, “Atheists More Motivated By Compassion…

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An Atheist’s Reading of True Reason

An Atheist’s Reading of True Reason

Mike D, the “A-Unicornist,” is reading True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism. I say, more power to him. We could all stand to spend time reading authors we disagree with. He’s taking it a chapter at a time and giving it a respectful reading, which I also appreciate. His first evaluative comment came in response to my introductory chapter to the book. I had spoken my disappointment over Richard Dawkins’s attempt in The Blind Watchmaker: Why the…

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How Deeply Atheism Can Corrupt Rationality

How Deeply Atheism Can Corrupt Rationality

Jerry Coyne, the University of Chicago biologist, is nothing if not dependable. When he takes religion to task for errors in thinking, you can always count on him demonstrating difficulties with rationality. Most recently he was upbraiding Father Alexander Lucie-Smith for writing in the Catholic Herald. He quotes Fr. Lucie-Smith: Here is a saying that I find particularly problematic: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no…

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Then God Must Be Very Much An Atheist

Then God Must Be Very Much An Atheist

Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more. Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more time. If God exists, then God is an atheist toward all gods but himself. Therefore God, if he exists, is very nearly (within mere millionths of a percent or less!) as atheistic as atheists are. He’s actually atheistic about many more gods than any human,…

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