Peter van Inwagen’s argument for Christianity

My previous post brings me back to a point I made in chapter 1: too many attempts to refute “atheism” fail to understand that atheism is just thinking there aren’t any gods. They think that refuting “naturalism” or “materialism” or whatever is somehow evidence that their god exists. I’m now going to give a somewhat longer [Read More...]

God: kind of like an abusive boyfriend

Another great image I’m stealing from Facebook: [Read more...]

Catholics: why aren’t you Protestant?

This week Andrew Sullivan posted two things from Catholics who oppose the hierarchy but aren’t leaving the church, explaining why not. One was a video from Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun who founded an organization that advocates for gay Catholics. The other is a column in TIME by one Tim Padgett, who admits the Catholic hierarchy has [Read More...]

Which is worse: Scientology or the Catholic Church?

It’s a serious question. I’m considering including a comparison of this sort in chapter 4 of the book, but it’s a hard comparison to make. But here’s an attempt: [Read more...]

Sources documenting what the Catholic Church has (and has not) defrocked priests for?

Paul W. (OM) makes an excellent point in the previous thread: I may be mistaken, but it’s my impression that the Catholic Church doesn’t “equate” ordaining women with child abuse, in practice—it still considers ordaining women far worse. [Read more...]

Why is anybody still Catholic? (not a rhetorical question)

Greta Christina once wrote a great blog post called “Why Are You Still Catholic?” But it mostly asked the question rhetorically. Leah Libresco’s conversion got me thinking about what the actual reasons are. I went and took the time to re-read the relevant parts of William Lobdell’s book Losing My Religion, which suggests a number of answers. [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...]

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...]


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