Tag: atheism

Then We Shall See Face to Face: Some reasons for divine hiddenness

Posted on 12/15/14 148 Comments

In this article I pick up the thread of a conversation with philosopher Jason Thibodeau in response to my podcast “The 59-Second Apologist: The Argument from Divine Hiddenness. First, the background. Jason began by outlining what he called a “reciprocal affection tendency” (henceforth RAT): “Suppose, then, that a significant percentage of humans have reciprocal affection […]

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Why the Friendly Atheist is Wrong. Or, for goodness sake, just thank goodness

Posted on 12/12/14 14 Comments

Jeff Lowder pointed out to me that The Friendly Atheist has posted another article today (by Rachel Ford) about the infamous prayer discount. It is titled “The Daily Show Was Wrong to Imply That Addressing a Minor Act of Discrimination Was Petty“. I begin with a key passage from the article: “discrimination is discrimination. It doesn’t […]

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Overly Uptight Atheist Activists?

Posted on 12/11/14 40 Comments

This week Jon Stewart’s Daily Show featured a segment on Mary’s Gourmet Diner in North Carolina with the (hilarious) correspondent Jordan Klepper. The controversy arose because Mary’s offers a 15% discount to those who pray before their meal. This was enough to raise the ire of  Dan Barker, author of Godless, and co-president of the Freedom from Religion […]

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Advice on politely educating ridiculous religious people

Posted on 11/14/14 82 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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