Jesus’ Appearances

Via Hemant Mehta: [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Interviews Father George Coyne

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkS1B0huWX4[/youtube] It was pointed out that a quote from Father George Coyne which I shared recently doesn’t quite put things accurately. I was able to track down some of the sources that were drawn on to make the composite quotation. The more problematic part comes from the interview with Richard Dawkins given above, in which [Read More...]

Selective Skepticism

An op-ed piece I wrote about the attention Joseph Atwill has been getting lately has appeared on The Bible and Interpretation website. The title is “Selective Skepticism.”   [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis according to the Uncyclopedia

Today I had my attention drawn to the “Answers in Genesis” entry on the Uncyclopedia. It begins as follows: Answers in Genesis is a satirical Christian ministry that parodies the genuine Pastafarian ministry Answers in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It aims to portray Christians as mouth breathing, arm swinging retards who sit on their high horse [Read More...]

Mumpsimus

Michael Zimmerman introduced me to the word mumpsimus when he used it in his recent Huffington Post piece to describe Ray Comfort. Michael refers to Anu Garg, who defines the word as “a view stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it's wrong; and a person who holds such a view.” Ray Comfort is [Read More...]

Dawkins vs. Denialism

Michael Bird shared this Mitchell and Webb video about an imagined conversation between Richard Dawkins and his publisher. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwQ-_g8KuHI[/youtube] It actually gets at a really good point, which connects with an issue I often blog about, namely the embracing of Jesus-mythicism and other such fringe ideas among atheists. There is something enjoyable in denying what [Read More...]

The Dawkins Scale

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked where readers are on the Dawkins Scale (the image describing the scale is from a post on the blog Deity Schmeity): I just finished teaching a class on the first half of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and one of the things I mentioned as a nice feature of that [Read More...]

Disproving Evolution

On Facebook I shared this quote from Richard Dawkins, which came to me in poster form via George Takei: Biologist Larry Moran chimed in both on Facebook and on his blog to point out that the statement is, at the very least, not entirely correct, and the extent to which it is true depends on [Read More...]

Why Be an Atheist Rather Than a Pantheist?

I keep coming back to this question. Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion, says that pantheism is just “sexed-up atheism” (p.40). I have never been able to grasp why someone who believes this would choose atheism over pantheism. Seriously, if you had a choice between anything, and that same thing sexed-up, which would [Read More...]

James McGrath + Miley Cyrus + Lawrence Krauss – Friendly Atheist = Richard Dawkins?

I’ve gotten quite a number of visitors today from the Richard Dawkins Foundation web site, via a repost there of my recent blog entry about Miley Cyrus, and her tweet of a paraphrase of something Laurence Krauss said. The byline of the repost there says “James McGrath – Friendly Atheist.” I’m not sure whether someone [Read More...]

Hume, Giraffes, and the Argument for Incompetent Design

One of the classic philosophical texts that we discuss in my freshman class “Faith, Doubt and Reason” is David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. It is noteworthy how, despite changes and progress in the realm of the natural sciences, the same sorts of arguments – such as the teleological or design argument – continue to [Read More...]


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