My looong review of William Lane Craig’s book Reasonable Faith

It’s in my “Links to my stuff” tab, but probably most of you haven’t checked that, so here’s the link. It’s long, like 20,000 words, but it covers a lot of things I don’t often talk about here, including some really crappy arguments for the claim that life is absurd without God, Kalam, various philosophical arguments against [Read More...]

Videobloggers!

Freethought blogs is not home to not one, not two, not three, but four video bloggers! Namely, Thunderf00t, Zinnia Jones, Christina Rad, and Aaron Ra. This is apparently a huge deal. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to be not previously aware of these people. [Read more...]

In defense of evolutionary psychology, part 3: Hamilton’s rule and reciprocal altruism

Hume once said that “A man naturally loves his children better than his nephews, his nephews better than his cousins, his cousins better than strangers, where every thing else is equal.” When I first found this quote from Hume, I was quite impressed, because it anticipates an idea that wouldn’t be formulated until roughly 200 [Read More...]

Religious conversions happen because of people’s personal relationships

I was briefly puzzled when I heard about atheist blogger Leah Libresco’s conversion to Catholicism. But I was immediately un-puzzled when I read Dan Fincke’s post on it, which reminded me that “the very premise of Libresco’s blog was that she was romantically involved with a Catholic.” Oh yeah. Duh. [Read more...]

Overexplaining William Lane Craig

JJ Lowder has a post up at the Secular Outpost that starts off with a nice explanation of how Craig misunderstands the idea that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. But then he begins wondering what could have caused this misunderstanding, and proposes some things that strike me as overly complex. The much simpler explanation is [Read More...]

Angry Atheists chapter 7: Science And Religion I: Investigating the Supernatural

This chapter still has some things I want to explain in more detail, but I feel much better about it than I did yesterday. Tell me what you think! [Read more...]

Okay, I’m suddenly convinced the skeptics’ movement should get involved on recreational drugs

Greta and Natalie have written arguing that the skeptics’ movement should get involved on the issue of recreational drugs. I’ve been sort of ambivalent about that, but no longer: [Read more...]

Dissolving the problem of induction

Hmmm… okay, I confess I rather liked this excerpt from chapter 6. This last section is going to be one of the most difficult in the book so far, but it’s going to deal with a famous philosophical idea that often comes up in debates about religion, the so-called “problem of induction.” As it’s often [Read More...]

From the archives: Review of Craig Keener’s Miracles

I really, really, wanted to give you all a new book chapter draft today, but I’m having even worse trouble in that department than usual, so I’m going to let some schedule slip occur. For now, enjoy one of the main things I’m trying to rework to create the chapter, my review of Craig Keener’s [Read More...]

Plausible-sounding criticism of Randi’s One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge?

I’m currently working on a chapter for the book on how supernatural claims can be scientifically investigated. I’m including a few paragraphs on James Randi and his One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge (link is to Wikipedia). For obvious reasons, it would be nice to include a brief response to some criticisms of the challenge, but [Read More...]