Tag: theism

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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Are all atheists irrational?

Posted on 01/28/14 182 Comments

When I was invited to debate Chris Hallquist on the question “Is theism irrational?” I had one important reservation. The very topic of debate was reflective of an extreme fringe view. It is the same reservation that any person familiar with the mainstream of informed opinion on a particular topic (e.g. climate change, Shakespearean authorship) […]

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Is Peter Boghossian guilty of hate speech?

Posted on 01/22/14 212 Comments

Over the last day my good readers have drawn to our attention a couple passages on Peter Boghossian which are worth spotlighting on the main stage. To begin with, Derek M pointed out a truly bizarre fact that Boghossian’s promotional blurb mentions that he was kicked out of a doctoral program. For example, in the […]

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The rationality of theism and the problem of evil

Posted on 01/21/14 134 Comments

As I noted in the comment thread of “Is belief in God rational? My Reasonable Doubts Debate with Chris Hallquist,” my contribution to the debate has received a vicious and ill-informed response from commenters at “Reasonable Doubts”. However, one commenter named Michael did offer a courteous and thoughtful comment in response to my article¬†which I […]

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What does it mean to be an atheist today? (Part 2)

Posted on 01/20/14 38 Comments

Our second popular definition of atheism is an ostensive definition. (That is, it seeks definition by pointing out token examples of the entity to be defined.) For example, while you may be unable to provide the necessary and sufficient conditions for being human, you can go the round about way to definition by pointing out […]

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Is belief in God rational? My Reasonable Doubts debate with Chris Hallquist

Posted on 01/19/14 11 Comments

Just over a year ago I did my first debate with Reasonable Doubts. The debate was on the nativity with Jonathan Pearce and is available for viewing here: That debate was such a smashing success that I was invited back for another debate. The topic was the rationality of theism and my debating opponent Chris […]

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What does it mean to be an atheist today? (Part 1)

Posted on 01/19/14 104 Comments

In “One man’s theist is another man’s atheist,” I pointed out that the word “atheist”, or a denial of the existence of God, is always relative to a particular understanding of God. That’s how, as I noted, early Christians and Roman pagans could simultaneously call each other “atheists” because each was assuming that any person […]

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