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...]

Did Chris Mooney have a point?

On my previous post on Chris Mooney, James Croft left a comment which I’m very grateful for and want to respond to. Here’s the meat of James’ comment: I think that Mooney is making a general case that supporters of science and critics of religion need to pay closer attention to the well-developed science of [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...]

The strange case of Chris Mooney

It isn’t just pointing out the ugly side of holy books that will have people saying how rude you are. Unfortunately, some people will call you rude for literally any criticism at all of religion. It’s hard to believe, I know, but if you’ve read chapter 1 I hope you won’t find it too surprising. [Read more...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 8: Science and Religion II: Evolution

This chapter is not finished, but should be in better shape than 2 or 3. With chapters like this, I will definitely re-post when they’re in better shape, so you can take a peek now or wait, whatever you feel like. [Read more...]

Science!

This is an excerpt from chapter 7 of the book. Stories of regrown limbs, though, don’t play a major role in Keener’s book. Here’s a more typical example of the stories in the book: [Read more...]

Videobloggers!

Freethought blogs is not home to not one, not two, not three, but four video bloggers! Namely, Thunderf00t, Zinnia Jones, Christina Rad, and Aaron Ra. This is apparently a huge deal. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to be not previously aware of these people. [Read more...]

In defense of evolutionary psychology, part 3: Hamilton’s rule and reciprocal altruism

Hume once said that “A man naturally loves his children better than his nephews, his nephews better than his cousins, his cousins better than strangers, where every thing else is equal.” When I first found this quote from Hume, I was quite impressed, because it anticipates an idea that wouldn’t be formulated until roughly 200 [Read More...]


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