Geisler and Scholarship

If found it highly risible that Norman Geisler would criticize fellow apologist Licona for "bad scholarship." A few years ago Geisler published a critique of the volume The Empty Tomb edited by Jeff Lowder and Bob Price. His critique of my contribution (criticizing Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli on the hallucination argument) was so spectacularly inept, that I am afraid that my reply was a bit intemperate. Readers of SO know that I usually am less truculent with critics, but sometimes, when the … [Read more...]

Christi-inanity

I was alerted to this by a friend who is a Methodist minister. And the United Methodists have a reputation for being one of the more open and progressive denominations.http://doroteos2.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/christi-inanity/ … [Read more...]

Jesusween to Replace Halloween

Glad to see that they are putting the "fun" back in fundamentalism.http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-complete-guide-to-jesusween … [Read more...]

Kansas Outlaws Evolution

Once again, the Onion proves that one belly laugh is worth a thousand syllogisms.http://www.theonion.com/articles/kansas-outlaws-practice-of-evolution,2098/ … [Read more...]

Probabilities and Ultimate Posits

Victor Reppert has a short essay on his Dangerous Idea blog on the use of probability arguments in the philosophy of religion. Here I would like to offer my own take on the question. A principle often invoked by theists making probability arguments is what Robin Collins calls the “prime principle of confirmation (PPC),” which he defines as follows:Simply put, the principle says that whenever we are considering two competing hypotheses, an observation counts as evidence in favor of the hypothesis … [Read more...]

Dumb and Dumber

I notice that the recent posts on SO have taken a turn towards the political. Nothing wrong with that. These days religion and politics have been so thoroughly mixed that it is hard to talk about one without the other. This is especially so when candidates for high office loudly tout their religious affiliations and convictions and tout them precisely as qualifications for public office. They must think those Founders were barking up the wrong tree when they put in the Constitution (Article … [Read more...]

Two Executions

This post is a follow-up on the "Pro Choice and Pro Life" posting of Herb Silverberg. Herb's thoughtful reflections have added to SO's offerings, and I am surprised that they have not drawn more comments. Yesterday there were two executions, one in Texas and one in Georgia. In Texas, Lawrence Brewer was executed. In 1997, Brewer and two associates kidnapped a man named James Byrd, who had been walking down a country road not far from Jasper, Texas. They beat Byrd savagely, urinated on him, … [Read more...]

Testing Supernatural Hypotheses

Are supernatural hypotheses testable? This was a question raised by Victor Reppert on his Dangerous Idea blog, and I responded a couple of weeks ago. The subsequent discussion got rather confused and confusing, and I would like to try to untangle things and see if I can get clearer on the issue here. Thanks much to interlocutor Richard Wein whose gentle but persistent probing of my remarks has pressed me to try to state things more precisely and cogently. What is a supernatural hypothesis? I … [Read more...]


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