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

Posted on 07/22/14 1 Comment

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 22 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 9 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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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 5)

Posted on 07/20/14 34 Comments

This is the fifth installment of my meandering review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part four click here. In this section I’m going to move on through chapter 2 which, as I noted, is concerned with various topics relating to faith and reason. * * * Anybody who has read […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 4)

Posted on 07/20/14 53 Comments

This is the fourth installment of my meandering review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. For part three click here. * * * In chapter 2 of Why I Became an Atheist Loftus addresses the topic of faith and reason. Here he endorses what he calls the “hard rationalism” of 19th century mathematician William […]

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The Atonement in Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”

Posted on 07/18/14 64 Comments

A few years ago I was having an email exchange with atheist Ken Pulliam about his speciality, the atonement. Ken was a rare individual who had no antipathy toward the evangelical Christianity he’d left behind. He had none of the condescension one often finds in the atheistic blogosphere (and, it must be said, the Christian blogosphere). […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 3)

Posted on 07/17/14 206 Comments

At this point I have read the first four chapters of Loftus’ book. I started off the book with a fair degree of enthusiasm: it looked like a formidable and engaging work and one that could provide a good primer for debate. Unfortunately, a closer look reveals significant problems that call into question Loftus’ ability […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 2)

Posted on 07/16/14 134 Comments

John W. Loftus, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, revised and expanded (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2012). In part 1 of this review I provided evidence that while Loftus stopped being a Christian, he remained a fundamentalist. But what kept him a fundamentalist? Interestingly, the book itself provides some tantalizing clues to explain […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 1)

Posted on 07/15/14 137 Comments

John W. Loftus, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, revised and expanded (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2012). On the first page of his introduction, Loftus insists, “Unlike some skeptics who think that Christianity has been debunked so many times before that it’s now time to ridicule it, I still treat it respectfully.” (11) […]

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Can animals sin?

Posted on 07/14/14 94 Comments

For centuries, theologians and philosophers alike have maintained an absolute categorical distinction between human beings and other animals. According to this assumption human beings are moral agents who are capable of both moral virtue and moral vice. They are also linguistic agents who are capable of speech. Animals, by contrast, are neither moral nor linguistic. No […]

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