In the past, I have often lamented the way that people exhibit cognitive biases in their critical engagement with opposing views. I have especially noted how Christian apologists are prone to do this (as in this critique of Andy Bannister and this critique of Paul Copan). But this isn’t just about Christians: non-Christians do it as […]
In my interview “God and the Problem of Suffering: An Interview with Paul Buller” Paul provides a brief summary of his theodicy according to which God allows at least some evil as a means by which moral agents can acquire moral virtue. The article prompted a long comment from The Atheist Missionary (TAM) which concluded […]
I almost retweeted this dig at Joel Osteen. Then I remembered all the things I haven’t sold to feed the poor.
Some time ago Catholic apologist Matt Fradd posted an exchange we had discussing God’s not Dead in which I offered some serious criticisms of the film. A reader recently posted a comment in response to the article which included the following passage: “I disagree [with Randal] that we should have a ‘sympathetic and a generous portrait […]
First off, what’s a moral atrocity? It is the kind of event perpetrated by moral agents such that, if you read about it in the newspaper, you’d naturally exclaim “That’s a moral atrocity!” And by saying that you’d be meaning (among other things) that the event in question is an egregious moral evil which could not plausibly […]
Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies? (Larry Norman, “The Great American Novel“, 1972) In “American-based terrorism, or, Why I think I’d like to be a Quaker” I pointed out one terrorist that the United States had harbored for years. […]