Reason, Science, & Logic Not the Exclusive Possessions of Atheists

+ Double Standards in How Christian Conversions are Treated, Compared to the Often Chilly Reception of Critiques of Atheist Deconversion Stories / Atheist "Exegesis" of the "Doubting Thomas" PassageIllustration (anonymous) from Nursery Novelties for Little Masters and Misses (1820), showing a “dunce” wearing a fool’s cap with bell and ass’s ears. The loving, infinitely wise atheist comes to give aid to the poor, imbecilic, ignorant Christian, devoid of reason, logic, and facts alike  [public … [Read more...]

Atheist Double-Standard Demands for (Empirical-Only) “Evidence”

Fractal image by "HypnoArt" (8-6-15) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] ***** "Lark62" is an atheist. Her words will be in blue. Her comments can be found in their entire larger context in the combox for my paper, "Atheist Deconversion: Dialogue #2: Jonathan MS Pearce" (7-20-17). *** Lark62 [female: "frumpy, boring middle aged lady"] clearly came to his discussion with me already extremely hostile to Christianity. Checking out comments listed on her Disqus profile, anyone can readily observe … [Read more...]

Not Many “Angry Atheists” Online? You be the Judge

[ / Pixabay / CC0 license] ***** Recently, I had the distinct blessing (Mt 5:11-12) of being the target of 21 out of [literally] 54 atheists who appeared in a combox of a post on the blog run by atheist Jonathan MS Pearce (and also a second one). It started out on the topic of my critiques of deconversion stories, and then quickly descended into an avalanche of complaining (and, well, lying) about my strict, zero-tolerance-of-insults moderation policy on my blog: then to outright ma … [Read more...]

Atheist Anthony Toohey Defends His Deconversion (Pt. 1)

A change of vision by Erik Pevernagie, oil on canvas (3-24-11) [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license]***** I admire that. I critiqued his story, and he has stepped up to the plate and defended himself, and has done a pretty good job. His words will be in blue.***** You call your story that I critiqued "a tightly distilled version of my (overlong) deconversion . . ." Duly noted. I didn't know that you had a longer one in print. If I had known … [Read more...]

Atheist Deconversion: Dialogue #2: Jonathan MS Pearce

Image by "mary1826" (January 2017) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** Jonathan MS Pearce runs the blog called A Tippling Philosopher. He  is co-editor of a book that collects deconversion stories, entitled, Beyond an Absence of Faith. He also hosts deconversion stories on his own site. Thus far, I have critiqued two of them, and plan on doing so for many more. He replied to my critique of Anthony Toohey's account. His civil, substantive post is melodramatically called, "Patheos Catholic-Atheist … [Read more...]

Atheist Deconversion: Dialogue #1 with Dr. Daniel Fincke

Photograph by "marcelabr" (11-8-16) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]*** Dr. Daniel Fincke, a philosophy professor, who runs the Camels with Hammers blog, responded to my paper, "Reply to Daniel Fincke’s Analyses of His Deconversion" (7-15-17). His reply is called, "Have I Considered Catholicism Sufficiently?" (7-19-17), His words will be in blue.***** Dave Armstrong at Biblical Evidence for Catholicism has written a very genial open letter to me, which he seems to hope might serve as the f … [Read more...]

Deconversion: Mini-Debates with Several Zealous Atheists

Photograph by "stevepb" (7-12-16) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain]***** Atheist Jonathan MS Pearce made a response to my critique of an atheist deconversion story that he hosted on his site. The combox then went wild in questioning me (with not a few of the usual obligatory rank insults). I  spent many hours replying to lots of the comments (mostly late last night), but at length wrote: "Obviously, I can't argue with 40 atheists about 120 topics at once (though it appears to be assumed that I  … [Read more...]

Albert Einstein’s “Cosmic Religion”: In His Own Words

Photo of Albert Einstein in Princeton, New Jersey, soon after he fled Germany (18 October 1933) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]***(originally 2-17-03; expanded greatly on 8-26-10)***"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views." (c. 1941)  * "I'm not an atheist." (1930)  * "Try and penetrate wi … [Read more...]

Were Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain Atheists?

Madame Tussaud's Abraham Lincoln (photograph by Kevin Burkett: 12-21-12) [Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 license]*** (11-16-06) ***** [along with fellow so-called atheists Jefferson, Paine, Voltaire, Hume, and Franklin?]***Atheist "DagoodS" wrote in one of my comboxes (note: in context, he was speaking rhetorically, but this doesn't imply that he doesn't think Twain and Lincoln were atheists):Imagine I told you that I hold the atheists Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain in high regard. Now … [Read more...]

Atheist Deconversion Story Series #2: Lorna

If I were in an abusive situation, I'd certainly want to break free, too. The question, however, is where to go (fractal image by "PublicDomainPictures") [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] *** Introduction: “Deconversion” stories are accounts of an atheist or agnostic’s odyssey from some form of Christianity to atheism or agnosticism. Since these are public (else I wouldn’t know about them in the first place), it’s reasonable to assume that they are more than merely subjective / personal matters, th … [Read more...]