Tag: theism

“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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The Evidential Problem of Evil (Part 1)

Posted on 06/18/14 88 Comments

William Rowe tells the story of a fawn (think Bambi) severely burnt in a forest fire and left to die slowly over several days amidst the burning embers of the ravaged forest floor. It’s just one fawn, right? Who cares? But if God really is all-good and all-powerful then presumably he would not allow gratuitous […]

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The Philosophy Fashionistas, or Sitting at the Adult Table

Posted on 06/17/14 30 Comments

Today a reader forwarded to me a link to the latest article from Chris Hallquist (aka, the Uncredible Hallq). The article is titled “Philosophy of religion is mostly not taken seriously in mainstream philosophy“. Basically, Chris describes the current hostility many secular philosophers hold toward philosophy of religion. He’s certainly right to note that this […]

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What are the chances?

Posted on 05/17/14 108 Comments

A friend of mine sent me this graphic this past week. Not only is it good for a laugh (or at least a smirk), but it also makes an important philosophical point. Just what that point is can be left up to discussion…

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God and the Burden of Proof

Posted on 05/09/14 40 Comments

I’ve talked about God and the burden of proof in the past. (See, for example, “God’s existence: where does the burden of proof lie?” and “Atheist, meet Burden of Proof. Burden of Proof, meet Atheist.”) Today we’ll return to the question beginning with a humorous cartoon. This cartoon appears to be doing several things. But the […]

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Has morality been hijacked by religion?

Posted on 04/29/14 142 Comments

In the discussion thread to my article “Canadian war criminals?” Jason Thibodeau opined that human beings fail to reason well about morality in part because “morality has been hijacked by religion, apparently for as long as civilization has existed.” He explained further: “The vast majority of people think that there is some kind of essential […]

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Atheism, free thought, and Bible burning

Posted on 03/13/14 195 Comments

The other day I posted an interview with the apologist and philosopher Matthew Flannagan. The interview consisted of a forty-five minute conversation in which Matt developed a thoughtful and nuanced perspective on the nexus between biblical hermeneutics, metaethics, and normative ethics. The Atheist Missionary responded in the comment thread. While he declined to offer any […]

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How rational is atheist disbelief?

Posted on 03/09/14 44 Comments

In “God, Christianity, and the Bad Hyundai Objection” I noted that people often grant far more weight to personal anecdotal experiences than an objective assessment of the evidence. One bad experience with a particular car can tarnish an entire brand, even if the evidence considered objectively supports the overall quality of that brand of cars. […]

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Justin Schieber on atheism and theism

Posted on 03/03/14 217 Comments

The question of God’s existence is arguably the most important of all philosophical questions. God is, by definition, that being than which none greater could be conceived. So it is little surprise that the question of whether that being exists has been considered a topic of supreme importance in the history of thought. Set against […]

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Is atheism a default position?

Posted on 02/16/14 129 Comments

Recently I’ve been reading Julian Baggini’s little book Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2003). While the book aims to provide a general introduction to the topic, Baggini includes some interesting philosophical analysis which is worth commenting on. In this article I’ll focus on one section in which Baggini enters the debate about whether it is […]

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