Alvin Plantinga, Michael Behe, and Paul Draper

In an e-mail conversation, Paul Draper pointed out an error in my review of Plantinga’s most recent book, Where the Conflict Really Lies. The key background is at one point in the book, Plantinga responds to a paper by Draper which was, in turn, a critique of the work of intelligent design advocate Michael Behe. [Read More...]

The ignorance and dishonesty of Christian apologetics, part 1: anti-evolutionism

ignorance

I don’t think I’m going to be able to get through writing this post if I try to feign politeness, so let me start by saying that it’s long been clear to me that, in spite of his moderate views on some issues (relative to his fellow evangelicals, anyway) Christian apologist Randal Rauser is not [Read More...]

A summary of the problems I see with philosophy–and why I’m thinking of going back anyway

This is a post I’ve been struggling to write for awhile. It’s a response to a couple questions I got in the March open thread, one by someone who wanted to have a “link handy when I want to show people just how crappy (analytic) philosophy is,” while the other asked, “Since you spend a [Read More...]

Philosophy of religion without apologetics?

Recently, in an exercise in thinking about things that are way too far off in the future to be really thinking about, I wondered: “If I do eventually get a Ph.D. in philosophy, and end up on the philosophy job market, will I list philosophy of religion as an AoC?” (AoC stands for Area of [Read More...]

How much trouble is Plantinga’s Free Will Defense in?

I’ve spent a fair amount of time arguing that the claim that Plantinga conclusively showed popular versions of the argument from evil do not work is problematic because (1) Plantinga assumes libertarian free will and (2) even if Plantinga showed that the existence of God is compatible with some bad choices, that doesn’t at all [Read More...]

Arguing when you know the conversation isn’t going to be constructive

Okay, after my quick declaration that I’m not signing Dan Fincke’s “civility pledge,” let me get a little deeper into the problems I see with it. Here’s the first point of the pledge, quoted in full: [Read more...]

From the archives: Seduced by sophistication (follow up to “Philosophy is dysfunctional”)

While writing another post, I just realized that while I had reposted my post “Philosophy is dysfunctional,” I’d never reposted this, the follow-up. Like the first post, it was originally published in July 2011. [Read more...]

Yes, creationism is religiously motivated

Previously: The evidence for evolution [Read more...]

The evidence for evolution

Previously: Neuroscience and the soul [Read more...]


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