Looking for examples of people blaming creationism on Richard Dawkins

PZ Myers recently did a post ridiculing the notion–promoted by Robert Wright–that it’s his fault and Richard Dawkins’ fault that the evolution-creation debate has become more politically charged “more politically charged, more acrimonious.” PZ’s smackdown is great, comparing Gallup’s timeline of belief in evolution in the US, along with dates of major court cases over [Read More...]

Plantinga’s incredibly weak arguments in Warranted Christian Belief

When I initially planned chapter 6, I had meant to say something about Alvin Plantinga’s Warranted Christian Belief. The book strikes me as in a way representative of a certain kind of defense of religion, except that it takes points that are often tossed off without any argument and defends them in what looks like [Read More...]

What percentage of US marriages are religious ceremonies?

A commenter on this post pointed me towards a USA today article claiming that rates of civil marriage in the US have increased significantly over the years. According to the article, there are no nation-wide statistics on this, but in the 18 states that keep track of these things, 40% of marriages are civil marriages. [Read more...]

My reply to Christians who support gay rights

A couple days ago, Hemant Mehta (aka The Friendly Atheist) had a guest post from a liberal Christian complaining about atheists allegedly making it harder for Christians to support gay rights. I left a comment in response, genuinely hoping for a response from the guest blogger, but didn’t get one (which is okay, I often [Read More...]

Problems with Plantinga’s free will defense: the way detailed version

This is the one section of chapter 6 of the book that I’m particularly confident in. The lack of agreement about much of anything is widely recognized by philosophers themselves. But sometimes, a philosopher will say, “True, we philosophers cannot agree on the big questions, like ‘is there a God?’ or ‘what is free will, [Read More...]

Comment policy

I moderate comments lightly. This is a conscious choice I’ve made. As best I can recall, I’ve never banned anyone in close to seven years of blogging (though I definitely threatened someone with banning once). And even lesser forms of moderation I don’t do all that much. But I do have a few rules I’d [Read More...]

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...]


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