Angry Atheists chapter 6: Why Philosophy Doesn’t Save Religion

Feel uneasy about this chapter. It weighs in on some big philosophical debates (namely Plantinga’s free will defense and the problem of induction), but at the end it feels like a lot of work for a little payoff. Partly, I was trying to take on things that are often claimed as the end result of [Read More...]

Did Notre Dame give me a skewed view of philosophy?

On my re-post of my review of Plantinga’s book Where The Conflict Really Lies, Landon wrote: [Read more...]

If you want to be honest, try explaining your culture to foreigners

One of the first things you learn as an English teacher is that you know tons of things about your language that you don’t know you know. When we speak, we’re constantly using grammatical rules that we never consciously learned. This creates odd situations when teaching English: you can tell someone what the right way [Read More...]

Is religion irrational? Also, on certainty

This is the last of the excerpts from chapter 4 of the book. Does this mean I think religion is irrational? Well, “irrational” is such a strong word. And it might encourage some people to demand a theory of rationality from me. So instead here’s a quote from Sam Harris: [Read more...]

From way the hell back in the archives: The silliness of philosophy

This post is from the last days of the blogspot incarnation of my blog, when I was a junior in college. I’m posting it mainly to show I had doubts about academic philosophy before I ever got to Notre Dame. In Peter Unger’s Beyond Inanity, he makes a point of saying that the claims he’s [Read More...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 5: An Open Letter to Religious Believers on God and Evil

This chapter in the book is pretty straightforward, so I’m just going to say enjoy. [Read more...]

A god is a god is a god

This is an excerpt from a draft of chapter four of my forthcoming book, Angry Atheists?: Why the Backlash Against Dawkins, Harris, And the Rest Is Silly. As I said at the beginning of the chapter, the line of thought I’ve just sketched is one of my major reasons for not believing in “God,” or [Read More...]

From the archives: Plantinga’s inexcusable faults (review of Where The Conflict Really Lies)

I’m reposting this post, from December of last year, in large part because I’m planning on incorporating it into my upcoming book. I need to figure out how to shorten it, though, so feel free to tell me about any bits you thought were unnecessary. I don’t expect Plantinga’s fans to ever totally agree with [Read More...]

More on Mormonism and Christianity

Next in the series after this post. When archaeology shows religion is wrong I haven’t even mentioned the most conclusive evidence against the truth of Mormonism. You see, the Book of Mormon—we’re talking about the most important piece of Mormon Scripture here–tells the story of a group of ancient Israelites who supposedly set sail for [Read More...]


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