Tag: atheism

An atheist about one less god than you

Posted on 08/28/14 18 Comments

Christian writer Frank Schaeffer, prophet, heretic or curmudgeon (depends who you ask) recently wrote a book titled Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God. In an interview on the book with Brian McLaren Schaeffer observes: “having published a book with a title that says ‘Why I am an Atheist who Believes in God,” I’m getting all kinds […]

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The Atheist Bogeyman? Critiquing Christian paranoia about the secular conspriacy

Posted on 08/16/14 15 Comments

One of my readers, Fox, provided a link to Tom Gilson’s glowing review of “God’s not Dead”. In the review Gilson provides some evidence for atheistic professors being hostile toward Christianity. He includes the following case which is perhaps the most striking of them: “The late Professor Richard Rorty famously announced his intention ‘to strip […]

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“God’s not Dead”: The Review

Posted on 08/15/14 33 Comments

I finally saw “God’s not Dead.” I was prepared to be amused and perhaps irritated. I didn’t expect to be outraged. However, by the end I found myself drawn to one descriptor: reprehensible. Strong word, I know. Let me explain why. Christians have often complained about the way they are depicted in Hollywood. And they […]

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A simple explanation for how atheists can hate God

Posted on 08/15/14 93 Comments

In my review for 50 Great Myths about Atheism I noted that the authors (Russell and Schüklenk) insist that the claim that “Atheists Hate or are Angry with God” is a “myth”. Not only do they reject the claim that all atheists hate or are angry with God (a point with which I’d agree). They […]

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“50 Great Myths About Atheism”: A Review

Posted on 08/14/14 10 Comments

Blackford, Russell and Udo Schüklenk, 50 Great Myths About Atheism (Wiley Blackwell, 2013). ISBN: 978-0-470-67405-5. When Russell and Schüklenk use the word myth, they are referring to a widely held and persistent belief that is demonstrably false. (As they write in the introduction, they are focused on claims that “are false” and yet “have managed to […]

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God and Morality? “WIBA”: A Review (Part 14)

Posted on 08/10/14 77 Comments

This is part 14 of my review of John Loftus’ Why I Became an Atheist. For part 13 click here. Loftus begins the chapter “Does Morality Come From God?” with the following assertion: “Christians claim their moral foundation is superior to others in that their faith provides the only sufficient standard for morality.” (103) To […]

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The Loftus Apologists

Posted on 08/02/14 53 Comments

Thus far I have written 13+ articles carefully documenting the errors in John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. I only decided to review the book after he had publicly criticized me for two years for not having read it. The irony is that if I had criticized the book in a short review, […]

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Philosopher’s God? “WIBA”: A Review (Part 13)

Posted on 08/01/14 64 Comments

In part 12 of my extraordinarily comprehensive review of Why I Became an Atheist I pointed out that John Loftus’s critique of the ontological argument (or family of arguments) was limited to a few critical comments on Anselm’s argument as well as a dismissive wave to Alvin Plantinga’s contemporary version. One reader, Blanked Slate, seems to […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 12)

Posted on 07/31/14 42 Comments

Currently we’re in chapter 4, “Does God Exist?,” of our never-ending review of John Loftus’ book Why I Became an Atheist. Given that the topic of the book is a justification for adopting atheism rather than merely rejecting Christianity, one would have thought that Loftus would devote more than a mere 23 of its 500+ […]

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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 11)

Posted on 07/30/14 43 Comments

In this installment of my insufferably long review of John Loftus’ Why I Became an Atheist we turn to chapter four, “Does God Exist?” Loftus introduces the discussion with a reflection on the mystery of existence. He then states his intention to discuss three families of arguments for God’s existence: ontological arguments, cosmological arguments, and teleological […]

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