Bayesian arguments: Swinburne, Collins, and the McGrews

In a previous thread, Caleb O wrote: [Read more…]

Losing your faith can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be

Another comment on the post criticizing Greta I talked about yesterday: Frodorr says that Greta wants to “make most of the world’s population suffer the trauma of losing their faith,” which assumes that losing your faith is traumatic for most people. And I realize that losing your faith is often very scary. But it doesn’t [Read More…]

Dear Coke Talk: the best atheist blog you’ve never heard of

It doesn’t much resemble the blogs here at FTB, but Dear Coke Talk is still a totally awesome blog written by an atheist who frequently has great things to say about religion. Here’s an example from earlier this week: [Read more…]

On bizarre misinterpretations (also accomodationism)

One of the persistent frustrations of engaging in any kind of debate anywhere is when one person misinterprets what another has said, and then attacks it on that basis. Sometimes it’s understandable, if what was originally said was vague. Sometimes it’s done maliciously, just to make the targeted view easier to attack (with perhaps a [Read More…]

Frederick of Black Skeptics on Be Scofield

Frederick of Black Skeptics points out that religion hasn’t been as good to African Americans as Be Scofield would like you to think: [Read more…]

From the archives: The state of biblical scholarship, philosophy, and atheism

This was originally written in April of last year. It’s a response to a long question that I had gotten in a blog comment. Note that even though the question included a lot of mistaken assumptions, it was still a very useful springboard for writing a post, in part because it gave me an idea [Read More…]

Racism, misogyny, and those nasty Italian Fascists

A couple weeks before I made the switchover to Freethought Blogs, there was an internet dustup between Greta Christina and DJ Grothe (President of the James Randi Educational Foundation). I started a post series on it, then put the series on hold while the change over happened, and now the blog conversation has already shifted [Read More…]

Christian philosopher comes to love Lord Krishna

Christian philosopher Michael Sudduth has announced his conversion to Vaishnava Vedanta (he seems to think the “Hindu” label is misleading). Bill Vallicella (who I criticized yesterday) has posted a long letter from Sudduth explaining his conversion (HT: Mark Vuletic). Here’s a sampling: [Read more…]

Van Inwagen on the horrible stuff in the Bible, also the Enlightenment

Most people reading this probably don’t need me to tell them that the Bible is full of horrible stuff. If you’re new to the show and need to be told that, go check out the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible or something similar and then come back here. Because what I want to talk about in this [Read More…]