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

Posted on 07/30/14 5 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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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 10)

Posted on 07/28/14 61 Comments

In this installment of our never-ending review of John Loftus’ Why I Became an Atheist we’re going to consider chapter three which discusses Loftus’ signature argument, “The Outsider Test for Faith.” The core idea of Loftus’ argument is that given the many different religious belief systems, and given the formidable cultural formation that leads people […]

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

Posted on 07/27/14 34 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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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 9)

Posted on 07/24/14 154 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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“Why I Became an Atheist”: A Review (Part 7)

Posted on 07/22/14 174 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 5)

Posted on 07/20/14 36 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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“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 07/15/14 138 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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Evolution plus Secular Dogma? A Response to Victor Stenger

Posted on 07/03/14 145 Comments

One of my readers, Frokid, forwarded to me an article by Victor Stenger titled “How to Debate a Christian Apologist.” The article presents the most cynical view of debating possible, reducing it to little more than a base exercise in sophistry. This is the reason I’m not very keen on the conventional debate format, because by […]

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