Could an Atheist Pass a Lie Detector Test while Proclaiming Atheism?

(Redating this post.)While I am discussing the theme of defining one's opponents out of existence, here's an interesting twist on the idea. I received an email from a Christian with a link to an article that suggests most atheists could not pass a lie detector test if asked during the test if they believe in God and answered "No." The following is an excerpt. "Indeed, to suppress the truth that God has placed within each man only leads to varying degrees of neurosis. As the noted … [Read more...]

Initial Thoughts about the End of Philosophy of Religion

John Loftus has recently defended the idea that philosophy of religion should "end as a discipline in secular universities."Post by John Loftus Advocating the End of PoR as a disciplineHere are my initial thoughts and reactions to some of the points in his recent post on this subject:What if philosophy spawned a discipline that, after a few centuries or decades, science has shown us it doesn't deserve to be a separate discipline? That's the argument of Richard Dawkins, Peter … [Read more...]

Ex-Apologist: Blogosphere Skirmish on Whether Phil. of Religion Should Be Taught in Colleges

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Do We Need Philosophy of Religion Anymore?

This entire post, as well as its comments, are essential reading for anyone interested in the recent debate.LINK (HT: ex-apologist) … [Read more...]

Why I am Not Concerned about Christian Theist Philosophers of Religion

One reason I am not concerned about the prevalence of Christian theists in the field of philosophy of religion is that they do a nice job of arguing against each other.William Lane Craig's favorite argument for the existence of God is the Kalam cosmological argument. I'm happy that there are some atheist philosophers who challenge this argument, but there are good objections raised against this argument by Christian theist philosophers.For example, Richard Swinburne rejects this … [Read more...]

Yes, Jerry, You Have the Right to Criticize the PoR

After having the audacity to publicly respond to Jerry Coyne's criticism of a previous blog post--the horror!-Jerry Coyne continues to block me from posting comments on his web site. In a recent post, he endorses John Loftus's call for the end of the philosophy of religion at secular universities. But he also begins his post with what I assume is a veiled response to me. In my revised response to Coyne, I wrote: Since Coyne is a professional biologist, not a philosopher, he is not an expert on … [Read more...]

Decisive Refutation of the Kalam Cosmological Argument

I don't know how to force this Patheos blog into causing an old post to show up as a new post in the RSS feed for the blog, so I've created a new post to link back to the old one. Comments on this page will be closed; please comment on the old one.LINK … [Read more...]

An End to Philosophy of Religion?

John Loftus has issued a call for the end of philosophy of religion (POR) being taught in secular universities. He’s since written a few follow-up posts, but  I think there are two main points that Loftus makes: (1) Science has disproven religion, and philosophy ought to follow suit  (2) Philosophy of religion is dominated by Christian theists, and has become a place for Christian apologetics. It’s not clear to me whether John thinks that, if POR were taught “correctly” (giving equal air-time to … [Read more...]

Paul Draper on “What Is Philosophy of Religion?”

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