Archives for 2011

Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2009

1. "Atheist Atrocities?" "The Constitutional Rights, Privileges, and Immunities of the American People" "Stupid Philosopher Tricks" "Is It Possible to be a Muslim Atheist?" "Russell vs. … [Read more...]

Worst Atheist Debaters

Like my list of "Best Atheist Debaters," I don't know of any way to be fully objective about this sort of thing. Also, like the other list, I fully recognize that others may disagree. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, here is my list of worst atheist debaters, organized by topic.Topic: God's ExistenceFlew, Antony (technically he doesn't belong on a list of atheists)Nielsen, KaiStein, GordonZindler, FrankTopic: Morality Without GodKurtz, Paul (for an example, see here)Taylor, RichardTopic: … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 7

I think the best way to make a case for my skeptical view of the resurrection, is to develop a dilemma, following the lead of the great Enlightenment skeptic David Hume.The main question at issue is: Did God raise Jesus from the dead? But at the crux of my skeptical argument will be the following claim:(JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.By 'the first Easter Sunday' I mean the Sunday immediately following the Friday of the Passover week when … [Read more...]

Blast From the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2008

1. "Pew Forum Survey on American Religion" "Christianity (warning: may be offensive to Christians)" "Superlatively Silly Super-Sensitive Secularists" "Christian Student Deflates Atheist … [Read more...]

Wikipedia Article on Internet Infidels

This is not new, but it was news to me. Apparently, Wikipedia has a very short article about the Internet Infidels: … [Read more...]

Distrust & Anti-Atheist Prejudice

Interesting new paper from Gervais, Shariff and Norenzayan: experiments performed by Gervais et al. provide pretty convincing support for the thesis that anti-atheist prejudice manifests as distrust (rather than dislike, or disgust), and that it surfaces most strongly when the need for trust -- as opposed to say, likeability, or pleasantness -- is particularly salient. So, for example, prejudiced religious believers are … [Read more...]

LINK: Erik Wielenberg’s Review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

LINKThe review also includes a critical assessment of the Courtier's Reply. … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 6

David Marshall has objected to my analysis of the term 'miracle' and appears to have misunderstood my claim that the alleged resurrection of Jesus would constitute a 'physically impossible' event. Before I attempt to deal with any other objections or criticisms from Marshall, I want to clear up the disagreement and/or confusion that exists about these concepts, which I believe are basic and important for further discussion of the main question: Did God raise Jesus from the dead?Marshall and I … [Read more...]