Archives for August 2012

Time Out for Some Laughs

While defeating the forces of religious dogma is no laughing matter, a lot of fun can be had with religious traditions.  As the son of an orthodox rabbi, I grew up with some very funny incidents.  For those of you with a Jewish background, or those of you who just have a good sense of humor when it comes to skits about religious traditions, here is a very funny short video. … [Read more...]

Potential Hypocrisy in American Atheist Billboard Campaign?

It seems like virtually every atheist site with a focus on the culture ways has been happy to report an increase in the percentage of Americans willing to vote for an atheist for President. Presumably virtually all atheists would like all Americans, atheist or not, to be willing to vote for an atheist for President.Now consider the following statement by American Atheists' Dave Silverman."Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology – platforms, not platitudes," Silverman said. "If a p … [Read more...]

American Atheists Doesn’t Speak for This American Atheist this morning reported on the latest billboard ads paid for by American Atheists. Here are the ads.What was the purpose of the ads? Here is Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists."Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology – platforms, not platitudes," Silverman said. "If a person believes stupid things, we have every right to question his or her judgment, and that directly impacts how the nonreligious voter votes.”I am no expert on politics, but it seems to me that pr … [Read more...]

Index: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

"Part 1: The Bayesian Interpretation of ECREE": a Bayesian interpretation and defense of ECREE "Part 2: Is ECREE False? A Reply to William Lane Craig": Craig's objection to ECREE is based upon an misinterpretation of ECREE. "Part 3: Is ECREE False? A Reply to Kurt Jaros": ECREE emphasizes the common sense notion that the more implausible (i.e., antecedently improbable) we initially regard a claim prior to considering the evidence, the greater the evidence we will require to believe the … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 4: NT Reliability, Extraordinary Claims, and the Base Rate Fallacy

I want to re-visit the issue of "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE), by considering a type or class of argument for miracles based upon the historical reliability of the New Testament (NT), hereafter "the argument." According to this argument, the general historical reliability of the NT provides sufficient evidence to make the historicity of NT miracles more probable than not. I shall argue, however, that this argument commits the base rate fallacy and therefore is … [Read more...]

Rationally Speaking: The Community of Reason: A Self-Assessment and a Manifesto

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Jehovah is a Sexist – Part 4

In previous posts on this topic here at the Secular Outpost I have not attempted to build a case for the claim made in the title.  Instead, I have discussed the meaning and implications (i.e. Jesus is a false prophet and Christianity is a false religion) of the claim.  However, on my own blog I have written a few moderately long posts in defense of the claim that 'Jehovah is a … [Read more...]

Fundamentalist Kidnapping Scheme about an underground railroad to remove innocent children from the homes of fundamentalist morons? … [Read more...]