“No True Christian Would Do That…”

What’s really going on when someone says that a member of their group can’t really be a TRUE member of their group because of something they said or did. There’s a lot more going on than just saying “No True Scotsman Fallacy” and being done with it acknowledges. [Read more...]

“You Can’t Stop Teenagers From Having Sex”

Don’t say “You can’t stop teenagers from having sex”. It’s not true. You can stop some of them. (I held out! And I know plenty of others who did too.) You just can’t stop enough of them with abstinence-only stuff and you just shouldn’t AIM to stop all of them with repressive anti-sex messaging. And you shouldn’t send the message to teenagers that every teenager has sex. That just says “everyone is doing it”, which pressures them to do it and makes them feel bad about themselves when they can’t find a partner or don’t want one. [Read more...]

Is Philosophy Just A Guy Thing? Not In My Classroom. (A Response To William Lane Craig)

According to a woman named Alexandra, writing into his site, Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig’s April newsletter “casually stereotype[d] men and women, and complain[ed] that the church is becoming increasingly feminized, and has difficulties in attracting men.” In reply to the letter, Craig proceeded to make his case that Christian apologetics has a “peculiar attraction” to [Read More...]

Carrier Responds To Me On Whether To Argue About Historical Jesus

In a piece called “Fincke Is Right, Arguing Jesus Didn’t Exist Should Not Be a Strategy”, Richard Carrier agrees with my thesis and my arguments in my post from Saturday. In that post I said that atheists who are laypeople with respect to history should wait for the consensus among history scholars to change before [Read More...]

When I Deconverted: I Experienced Something Like A Spiritual Break Up

1996-2000: At Grove City College, the evangelical Christian college where I was an undergraduate, it was common to the point of utterly mundane to meet spiritually intense people who had one degree of interest or experience with missionary work. But even at Grove City, this one classmate of mine stood out to me as exuding [Read More...]

On Atheists Attempting to Disprove the Existence of the Historical Jesus

A lot of atheists are keen to argue with Christians over whether there was even a historical Jesus. I’m not. I think that is a bad idea for a number of reasons. [Read more...]

How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition wrote a hypothetical conversation between an anti-homosexuality Christian pastor and a pro-gay talk show host called “How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Since this article was recommended on Facebook no less than 18,000 times, I take it that many Christians found it reasonable, likely even taking it to be an ideal representation of their own views. So, I want to take seriously this Christian speaking for many other Christians in his own fictional representative’s words. In this post, I offer the remarks I would make were I also on this show, responding to the hypothetical pastor’s each comment. [Read more...]

Is God Just Too Great For Our Finite Minds To Understand?

I define faith as either an explicit or implicit willful commitment, to believe, hope, trust, or be loyal to an idea, a person (real or imagined), a group, an institution, or anything else more than the rational warrant justifies and even in the teeth of superior justification for contrary beliefs or in spite of a [Read More...]

No, Christians, You Don’t Rationally Proportion Your Beliefs to Evidence

I define faith as the explicit or implicit volitional commitment to either believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to people, beliefs, or other things in ways that are not proportionate to the rational bases one has to believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to those people, beliefs, or other things. In other words it is [Read More...]


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