About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

Humor: Non-Denominational Terrorist Organization Welcomes Extremists Of All Faiths

In the "Why didn't I think of this?" category, The Onion brings you this:http://www.theonion.com/article/non-denominational-terrorist-organization-welcomes-50742 … [Read more...]

Plantinga Calls This A Good Argument for God’s Existence?

The title of my post might come across as snarky, so I want to begin my making it clear that is not my intent. In fact, I want to go on record as saying I have great respect for Plantinga's skill as a philosopher. Among other things, I think he succeeded in his attempt to refute Mackie's version of the argument from evil.Perhaps because I have to come hold Plantinga's work to such a high standard, I continue to be surprised whenever I read Plantinga's version of the so-called argument from … [Read more...]

25 Questions for Theists

Almost five years ago, I published my "20+ Questions for Theists." They say hindsight is 20/20. After reading the numerous comments in the combox, I can see that I was not as clear as I would have liked to have been. So I'd like to offer a clarification before reposting the list of questions, which has now grown to 25 (or so).Many people incorrectly assumed that the list was supposed to function as a list of "gotcha!" questions. Even our own Keith Parsons commented, "Any Bible-believing … [Read more...]

Is It Completely Unfair for Dawkins to Equate “Faith” with “Blind Trust”?

While going through some old files, I discovered this passage at the end of a book review. The book being reviewed was Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath. The reviewer was Paul Pardi, a philosopher at Seattle Pacific University. Here is what Pardi wrote: "I also have one technical contention to make with McGrath on the topic of faith as blind trust. In taking Dawkins to task on this point, McGrath does not seem to account for the fideist tradition and the i … [Read more...]

Announcing New Blog: “Opposing Trump”

I'm going to be spending less time blogging about the philosophy of religion in order to spend more time blogging about President Trump.Since one can be a consistent atheist and a Republican--see, e.g., Robert Price--I am not going to mix anti-Trump politics with the atheistic focus of the Secular Outpost. Instead, I have decided to create a new blog which I am calling Opposing Trump, a new team blog which will feature writers from a broad spectrum of viewpoints, from atheist to Christian a … [Read more...]

J.L. Schellenberg’s Wisdom to Doubt, Chapter One: The Subject Mode

This is the first in a planned series of blog posts reviewing J.L. Schellenberg's important book, The Wisdom to Doubt.The first chapter of Schellenberg's book is valuable to anyone who wants to think clearly about unrecognized evidence, including the implications of unrecognized evidence for arguments from silence and cumulative case arguments. See why. … [Read more...]

Chad Gross’s Review of my Debate with Frank Turek

Chad Gross at Truthbomb Apologetics has written a fair, open-minded review of my debate with Frank Turek: "Lowder's debate style is very similar to that of William Lane Craig. He begins with the contentions he intends to defend and then supports them with his arguments. This should be modeled by all those who desire to debate successfully.... It was obvious, especially in the case of Lowder, that the debaters were familiar with their opponent’s position and written work.... Lowder majored on con … [Read more...]

Graham Oppy: Yes, There Really Is Such a Thing as Expertise in Philosophy of Religion, and, No, You Can’t Get it from Pop Philosophy of Religion Books

Note: The following post is written by Graham Oppy and posted with his permission.Suppose I wanted to learn all about quantum gravity, starting from a position of total ignorance. How likely is it that there is a book that physicists could recommend to me that I could read, and that would give me the knowledge that I'd like to have? On the one hand, I have to be able to understand the book; on the other hand, the book has to be sufficiently sophisticated for me to acquire genuine knowledge … [Read more...]