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...]

Arguments for the existence of something that sounds kind of like a god

A close cousin of god-of-the-gaps arguments are arguments that argue for something that sounds kind of like a god, but which wouldn’t actually have to be a god. A good example of this is the argument from design, which claims that we can somehow show that the life on Earth and/or the universe was designed, [Read More...]

Bill O’Reilly’s argument for the existence of God

When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly interviewed Richard Dawkins on his show, he opened by saying, “I think it takes more faith to be like you, an atheist, than like me, a believer, and it’s because of nature. I just don’t think we could have lucked out to have the tides come in, the tides [Read More...]

There are no good arguments for the existence of God

One of the less silly-sounding criticisms made of popular atheists is that we don’t deal with the best arguments for religion out there. That criticism was one of the main reasons Michael Ruse gave, in his review of The God Delusion in the academic journal Isis, for claiming the quality of popular atheist writing is “downright awful.” Similarly, the New York [Read More...]

My looong review of William Lane Craig’s book Reasonable Faith

It’s in my “Links to my stuff” tab, but probably most of you haven’t checked that, so here’s the link. It’s long, like 20,000 words, but it covers a lot of things I don’t often talk about here, including some really crappy arguments for the claim that life is absurd without God, Kalam, various philosophical arguments against [Read More...]

Dissolving the problem of induction

Hmmm… okay, I confess I rather liked this excerpt from chapter 6. This last section is going to be one of the most difficult in the book so far, but it’s going to deal with a famous philosophical idea that often comes up in debates about religion, the so-called “problem of induction.” As it’s often [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...]

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...]

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...]


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