Tag: atheism

Advice on politely educating ridiculous religious people

Posted on 11/14/14 81 Comments

Louise Antony’s edited collection Philosophers without Gods (Oxford University Press, 2007) is a fine collection. Part of its appeal comes from the range of arguments and reflections that fill its pages. Equally valuable (though perhaps less obviously so) is the range of attitudes that come with those arguments and reflections. Some essayists reflect a respect for […]

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Lawrence Krauss believes religion might disappear in a generation

Posted on 11/05/14 186 Comments

Atheist and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss recently opined in an interview that religion could be gone in a generation. Consider his reasoning in support of this staggering conclusion (as quoted in the above-linked Salon.com article): “This issue of gay marriage, it is going to go away, because if you’re a a child, a 13-year-old, they […]

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Does “The God Delusion” kill people?

Posted on 11/03/14 23 Comments

Thirty years ago teenager John Daniel McCollum shot and killed himself in his parents’ house while listening to the Ozzy Osbourne record Blizzard of Oz. When his grieving parents discovered that the album included the song “Suicide Solution” they proceeded with a lawsuit against Osbourne, arguing that the song was a proximate cause of their […]

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Changing Christian attitudes about atheism

Posted on 10/22/14 105 Comments

These past few weeks I’ve been working to complete my book Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes toward Atheism. This is a book that I believe should be read by every Christian and every atheist. Of course you’d say that, Rauser. Heck, why not just say that  it should just be read by everybody? […]

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Do spirits have a ghost of a chance to persuade a skeptic?

Posted on 10/16/14 73 Comments

Over the years I have blogged on the topic of ghosts on several occasions, including the articles “Should Christians believe in ghosts?”, “Jesus believed in ghosts (so maybe you should too),” and “J.B. Phillips and the Ghost of C.S. Lewis.” Three years ago I even did some research and writing for a planned book on […]

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The Atheist as Neighbor

Posted on 10/14/14 36 Comments

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I am currently working on two books. I have now contracted the second book with the Cascade imprint of Wipf and Stock. In Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes Toward Atheists I take up the discussion I started in chapter 10 of You’re not as Crazy as […]

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The 59-Second Apologist: God, Santa Claus and Absurdity

Posted on 10/08/14 38 Comments

These days it is increasingly common to find belief in God being compared to any manner of fanciful entities from flying spaghetti monsters and invisible pink unicorns to such familiar denizens of the holiday season as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. But is there any legitimacy to the comparison? For further discussion see my article […]

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The Evidential Problem of Evil (Part 2)

Posted on 09/29/14 478 Comments

Preamble This is part 2 of my response to Reasonable Doubts “Episode 121: Divine Deception with guest Erik Wielenberg“. As you may know, Part 1 was an episode in The Tentative Apologist Podcast and my intention was that Part 2 would be as well. Indeed, my original intention was to release part 2 at the […]

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The delusion of the non-creedal atheist

Posted on 09/08/14 105 Comments

Many atheists like to present themselves as “free thinkers”, unencumbered by ideology, confession or creed, in contrast to their religionist neighbors. Consider, for example, the venerable organization American Atheists which was founded way back in 1963 to defend the civil liberties of atheists. Under the section of their website titled “Aims and Purposes” the organization defines “atheism” as […]

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If we all reasoned like the atheistic ideologue

Posted on 09/06/14 99 Comments

The atheist ideologue is so committed to perpetuating his secular ideology that he will impugn “religion” any chance he gets. In the last few weeks the internet has seen a flurry of armchair analysis by atheistic ideologues offering their ruminations on ISIS. Desperately short in their understanding of the geopolitical, social, cultural and historical factors […]

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