Tag: theism

My Two Upcoming Debates on God’s Existence

Posted on 01/28/15 16 Comments

I will be having two debates on the existence of God in March with Justin Schieber of “Reasonable Doubts“. (You can visit Justin online here.) I met Justin last year when he was in Edmonton at which time I interviewed him for my podcast. Irenic and thoughtful, he shall be a worthy interlocutor. The debates will […]

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Should theistic arguments tell you which God exists?

Posted on 12/29/14 124 Comments

This article is a quick follow up to my article “On believing God (or Santa Claus) doesn’t exist” in which I critique Jack David Eller’s essay “What is Atheism?” Four years ago I reviewed another essay by Eller in John Loftus’ volume The Christian Delusion. Eller’s essay was a mishmash of rhetorical gobbledygook bereft of […]

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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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An atheist about one less god than you

Posted on 08/28/14 18 Comments

Christian writer Frank Schaeffer, prophet, heretic or curmudgeon (depends who you ask) recently wrote a book titled Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God. In an interview on the book with Brian McLaren Schaeffer observes: “having published a book with a title that says ‘Why I am an Atheist who Believes in God,” I’m getting all kinds […]

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Philosopher’s God? “WIBA”: A Review (Part 13)

Posted on 08/01/14 64 Comments

In part 12 of my extraordinarily comprehensive review of Why I Became an Atheist I pointed out that John Loftus’s critique of the ontological argument (or family of arguments) was limited to a few critical comments on Anselm’s argument as well as a dismissive wave to Alvin Plantinga’s contemporary version. One reader, Blanked Slate, seems to […]

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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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The Evidential Problem of Evil (Part 1)

Posted on 06/18/14 89 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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