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.

Dunning-Kruger Effect in Action: How NOT to Defend a ‘Best’ Explanation

I'm not going to name names, but I recently read something that could have not said more loudly, "I have no clue about inductive logic, Bayes' Theorem, or inference to the best explanation. I definitely should NOT be defending my position publicly because I have no clue what I am talking about, but I'm going to keep doing that anyway because I am clueless--even about my own cluelessness!"The context was this. Person #1 said that X is the best explanation for the data, and so probably true. … [Read more...]

Draft Paper on the Jewish Hearsay Testimony and the Empty Tomb

I wrote this about 10 years ago but never finished it. In light of recent discussions, however, I thought it might be of interest to some readers.Please do not cite without my permission.Jewish_Hearsay_Evidence_v1.0_DRAFT_1 … [Read more...]

Why I Do Not Equate Religious Belief with Mental Illness

I'm not a psychiatrist, but as a teenager I worked for an elderly woman who I later found out was a paranoid schizophrenic with organic brain decomposition. (As an aside, if you have any empathy at all, it's impossible to get to know someone like this and not find their situation heartbreaking.) I agree that you cannot talk the mentally ill out of their delusions, hallucinations, etc. But this would only be relevant to the claim that all religious belief is mental illness if it were the case t … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig Admits that His Fine-Tuning Argument is Based Upon Speculation

In my last post, I reported that WLC has reached the same conclusion I have regarding the scale of the universe as evidence against theism. After re-reading his article, I realized I missed an even more important announcement. Although he would deny it, in the same article he also admits that his fine-tuning argument is based upon speculation. Here's the money quote: Indeed, once we launch into speculating about universes operating according to different laws of nature, then we have completely … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig Endorses My Argument from Scale against Theism!

He doesn't mention by name, of course, and may not have even had my argument in mind, but the sort of Bayesian considerations he raises support my Bayesian argument from scale, in two ways. First, he agrees with me about the "direction" the evidence points (against theism). Second, he agrees with me about the "magnitude" of that evidential support (very weak). (The words "direction" and "magnitude" are not Craig's words, but were inspired by David Schum, who pointed out long ago that evidence … [Read more...]

Apologist Responds? Check. Uncharitable? Check. Uses Cheap Shots and Insults? Check.

I stopped reading Triablogue some time ago, but today I decided to make an exception. After I posted my comment about the twin hypothesis, I thought to myself, "I'll bet Steve Hays responds to this and uses the 'Village Atheist' tag." My prediction was accurate. (See his post here.)In my comment, I didn't defend the twin hypothesis. I didn't even lay out Cavin's case for the Twin hypothesis in his Ph.D. dissertation. All I did was define the hypothesis in order to prove the point that R … [Read more...]

Why Skeptics Do Not Need the Hallucination Theory to Reject the Resurrection

According to Victor Reppert, skeptics need the hallucination theory in order to reject the resurrection. Why? Read his blog post to find out.I see his point, i.e., I understand where he is coming from when he says that he thinks (non-extreme) skeptics need the hallucination theory. But I disagree with him for at least two reasons.First, Reppert assumes that the Resurrection hypothesis explains the data, but that's merely an assumption on his part. He gives no good reasons to believe that … [Read more...]

Theists Can Always Deny the Evidence

One of the cool tricks you can use to check yourself for confirmation bias is to try swapping roles with someone who holds a contrary opinion.For example, suppose I wrote the following: One of the things that an atheist must never forget when speaking with a theist, and especially when speaking with a theist who intones the ridiculous meme that “There are no honest atheists”, is that the theist can always deny, quite literally, any evidence against God's His existence, for the theist, if he … [Read more...]


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