Two more revealingly bad cosmological arguments from Craig’s debates

These aren’t in Reasonable Faith, but there are two lines Craig uses constantly in his debates that are worth noting. Both are generally used as part of the Kalam argument, but have nothing to do with it logically. The first is his frequent use of the rhetorical question “Why is there something rather than nothing?” (see, for example, his [Read More...]

What Christian blogs are worth interacting with?

It seems like in the first couple years of my blogging, atheist and Christian blogs interacted a lot more. I suspect this was in part the result of a self-reinforcing trend, where the less someone interacts with you, the less they seem interacting with. Yet there’s no doubt a lot to gain from that interaction. [Read More...]

Neuroscience basics & some criticism of Eliezer Yudkowsky

I’ve just written a post at LessWrong covering some basics of neuroscience and criticizing a claim by Eliezer Yudkowsky that the brain “just doesn’t really look all that complicated.” If you just want to read the latter part of the post, I’ve put my criticisms below the fold on this one: [Read more...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 9: Arguments for the existence of God I: There are no good arguments for the existence of God

I’m in the process of turning several recent blog posts into another chapter of The Book. The chapter is titled, simply, “There are no good arguments for the existence of God.” It’s only about half-finished, but I’m very eager for feedback on how the parts (which were generally well-received here) are fitting together into a [Read More...]

Saint vs. scientist

From Common Sense Atheism: [Read more...]

Privileging the hypothesis: the most common flaw in arguments for the existence of God

I believe the bad reasoning found in O’Reilly’s argument for the existence of God is just one example of a more general problem  that is very common in arguments for the existence of God, including ones made by professional philosophers of religion. It’s related to the problems discussed in chapter 4, but it’s a little [Read More...]

Discussion: what books do you recommend to get someone out of religion?

I recently saw a discussion thread at LessWrong where the OP claimed, “I have stopped recommending Dawkin’s work to people who are on the fence about religion.  The God Delusion utterly destroyed his effectiveness at convincing people against religion.” This got me thinking: what books do you recommend to get someone out of religion? Here [Read More...]

Kalam III: The very brief part that actually argues for God

Now that I’ve argued that Craig has no good arguments for premise (2) of Kalam (at least not reasons he can consistently use without also ruling out God as an explanation for the universe’s beginning),  I could move on to the next argument. But I think Craig’s arguments for the claim that the cause of the universe is [Read More...]

William Lane Craig, the Secular Student Alliance, and some suspicious statistics

So the Secular Student Alliance made an infographic with some information they got off the Campus Crusade for Christ… er, I’m sorry, “Cru” website. The information on “Cru’s” website turned out to be a mistake, so the Secular Student Alliance made a new infographic with the correct information. In response, William Lane Craig whined about [Read More...]