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“Why I Became an Atheist”: Debriefing Parts 1-9

Posted on 07/27/14 11 Comments

I have now completed reviewing chapters 1-2 of Loftus’ Why I Became an Atheist with special attention to chapter 2. The review has moved much more slowly than I had anticipated. However, in my reading thus far I have identified misleading statements, fallacious arguments and flat errors on almost every page. That’s why I decided […]

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“Heaven is for Real” A Review

Posted on 07/26/14 21 Comments

Last night I saw “Heaven is for Real” available to rent at Redbox. Having read the book, and presented seminars critiquing it, and having written a sixty page book proposal titled What on Earth Happened to Colton Burpo? which was rejected by the publishers because they were worried that I (and they) would appear to […]

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Podcasting: why the interlude? (For anyone who cares)

Posted on 07/26/14 5 Comments

You may have noticed an interruption in my podcasting output. The last installment of The 59 Second Apologist Podcast was way back on June 30. And the last installment of The Tentative Apologist Podcast was waaaaay back on June 18. To make matters worse, that June 18 episode was part 1 of a podcast interacting […]

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Should you consider Christianity first?

Posted on 07/26/14 10 Comments

The other day I came across a list written by Christian philosopher Craig Hazen outlining “5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Christianity First.” I assume he means that among various religions one ought to check out Christianity first. The list is worth considering because one often hears similar claims from Christian apologists. So I’ve reproduced Hazen’s list […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 9)

Posted on 07/24/14 134 Comments

Here be the ninth installment of my interminably long review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part eight click here. In this chapter I finally round out my discussion of chapter 2 (See? I am making progress.) Loftus commits the fallacy of the single cause Beginning on page 58 John Loftus starts […]

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My interview on heaven at Theologues

Posted on 07/24/14 31 Comments

I recently did an interview on the topic of heaven at the website Theologues.com. Thanks to Arni Zachariassen for the opportunity. In the interview we discuss several topics including disability in heaven, the concept of hell, and bestselling “I visited heaven!” books like Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven and Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for Real. If you’re […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 8)

Posted on 07/23/14 16 Comments

Here begins the eighth installment of my incredibly expanding review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part seven click here. In this section I’ve decided to return to some unfinished business on page 44. On this page Loftus endorses a classical foundationalist epistemology. And what is that, exactly? According to foundationalism, […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 7)

Posted on 07/22/14 173 Comments

Welcome to the seventh installment of my ever-expanding review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part six click here. In this section we’re going to review pages 48-58 of chapter two. Pascal After discussing Plantinga, Loftus then turns to Pascal’s famous wager. Loftus’ introductory description of Pascal is peculiar. He writes […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 6)

Posted on 07/22/14 36 Comments

This is the sixth installment of my meandering review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part five click here. In this section I’m going to critique Loftus’ understanding and presentation of Alvin Plantinga’s epistemology in chapter 2. This section begins on page 44. Since I defended Plantinga’s epistemology in my PhD thesis […]

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Hi. You’re awesome.

Posted on 07/21/14 14 Comments

The other day I visited a church and was greeted at the entrance with this sign. “Hi. You’re Awesome.” I looked around surprised, but there was nobody else present at that moment, so I concluded the sign must mean me. My first thought was, “Gee, if I’m already awesome, why not sleep in Sunday morning […]

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