Archives for 2006

The Evidential Argument from Mind-Brain Dependence: A Reply to Bilbo

In my response to Victor Reppert's anti-naturalistic argument from pain, I stated that a more specific fact (consciousness is dependent upon the physical brain) about consciousness is antecedently more likely on naturalism than on theism. Bilbo provided several feedback messages in response to this claim. As I read him, he thinks the argument is no threat to Christian theists. It is apparently his view that mind-brain dependence is at least as probable on Christian theism as on naturalism, since … [Read more...]

New Blog: the Ex-Apologist

LINKThis blog is described as being "Dedicated to fair exposition and critique of Christianity and Christian apologetics." The anonymous author provides the following profile: "I'm currently in the late stages of a PhD program in Philosophy. I was a Christian and an "apologetics nerd" for 15 years, but deconverted at the end of 2005. " Topics of previous posts include the fine-tuning argument, empirical case for the accuracy of the New Testament, Divine Command Theories, Free Will Defense, kalam … [Read more...]

Witmer-Cook Debate on Presuppositionalism

I recently mentioned Gene Witmer's critique of presuppositionalism in an earlier post. Presuppositional apologist Gene Cook has also taken notice of Witmer's critique. The two discussed the issues on Cook's podcast. … [Read more...]

John Stewart and Richard Dawkins on Ted Haggard

Here is the description of the video as provided at YouTube:"Jon Stewart analyzes the latest gay surprise as the evangelical, gay-bashing preacher, Pastor Ted, gets caught with his three-year gay lover and supplier of crystal meth. What else is new? For an added bit of spice, there is an earlier clip of Haggard lecturing Richard Dawkins on arrogance. Just too beautiful."While Haggard's behavior (buying crystal meth and a "massage" from a gay prostitute) are clearly hugely embarrassing to … [Read more...]

Resurrecting solidarity

I want to point out a very good review, by Robert Fitch, criticizing a couple of recent and influential books by Michael Lerner and Jim Wallis arguing that the secular Left needs to get more religion. (Thanks to David R. Harding for leading me to the review.)Having leftish inclinations myself, I'm naturally interested in such debates. And even secularists who do not politically fall on the left might be interested—after all, the left-wing political tradition has been home to much serious … [Read more...]

Multiple Universes

A couple of my co-bloggers here thought I should say something about John Horgan's comments on Richard Dawkins vs. Francis Collins in Time, berating Dawkins on his endorsement of multiple universes as a solution to fine-tuning issues.My first inclination was to say something snide. After all, here are Dawkins and Collins, two non-physicists, arguing cosmology, and Horgan, a science journalist, pontificating on who is right and wrong. A perfect occasion for misunderstandings all around. Since I … [Read more...]

Public school teacher tells class: “You belong in hell”

This story, which I reported on my blog on Sunday, has hit the mainstream media today, with stories in the Newark Star-Ledger, The Jersey Journal, and forthcoming on NYC-area radio and television (WCBS radio, 1010 WINS radio, and Fox 5 News and NBC 4 News television).The basic story is that Kearny High School U.S. History teacher David Paszkiewicz used his classroom as a pulpit for evangelizing, as well as telling students that evolution and the Big Bang are false, there were dinosaurs on … [Read more...]

Time Magazine: God vs. Science

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