Friendly Atheism, Reasonable Nonbelief, and Unfriendly Apologetics

I am what William Rowe calls a "friendly atheist." I respect many Christian philosophers and other theistic philosophers. I do not believe they are irrational or suffer from a mental disorder, as some "unfriendly atheists" have claimed.Similarly, I know Christian philosophers who I happily describe as "friendly theists;" I've always enjoyed my interactions with them. Other theists, on the other hand, may be described as "unfriendly theists." For example, some theists seem to believe--almost as a … [Read more...]

Why Are Members of the Clergy Assumed to be Moral Experts?

At http://www.uncg.edu/~nphuntbu/lectures.html (site now discontinued), I found a set of lecture notes entitled "Why religion is irrelevant to ethics". Here is a quotation I particularly liked: Why are members of the clergy (who presumably are experts in the theology of their particular sect) assumed to be experts in ethics? Why put them on ethics ommissions rather than taxi drivers or literature professors?This issue obviously boils down to presuppositions. If you assume a priori that a member … [Read more...]

Craig’s “Altar Calls”

(This is an old post from my archives, originally written around 2006.)I was watching the video of Craig's old debate with Henry Morgentaler, and the altar call at the end of his first rebuttal struck me. Craig invited Morgentaler to become a Christian. This isn't the first time he's done this; he did the same thing to Paul Kurtz when they debated.This led me to ask half-seriously, "What if Craig's opponent did the same thing to him?" For example, in the atheist's conclusion of their first … [Read more...]

When Bad Christians Happen to Good People

I chuckled when I stumbled upon a book with this name: "When Bad Christians Happen to Good People : Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage" by Dave Burchett … [Read more...]

LINK: Stairs on Parsons on Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology

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LINK: A Bayesian Analysis of the Cumulative Effects of Independent Eyewitness Testimony for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

I just discovered this essay by John DePoe which defends a Bayesian technique to measure the cumulative effect of independent eyewitness testimony for the Resurrection. Check it out:http://www.johndepoe.com/Resurrection.pdfI think this article could be of interest to anyone interested in Bayesian approaches to evidence for or against God's existence, not just people interested in Christian apologetics, since the approach in this article is (might be?) applied outside of Christian … [Read more...]

The Scale of the Universe as Evidence for Naturalism?

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Does God Exist? A Debate between Eddie Tabash and Peter Payne

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