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.

Sarcasm: How to be a Christian Apologist

(redated post originally published on 2 December 2006)Disclaimer: the following post is sarcastic. It is not intended to be representative of the tactics used by all or most Christian apologists.1. Doubt is to be avoided at all costs. There's a reason for the expression, "devil's advocate," you know.2. Do not mention objections to the faith unless they are so common that you would discredit the faith by failing to answer them.3. If you must acknowledge an objection, try to … [Read more...]

Weighing Theistic Evidence Against Naturalistic Evidence

In the next-to-last paragraph of his book, C.S. Lewis' Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, Victor Reppert makes a very interesting statement: However, I contend that the arguments from reason do provide some substantial reasons for preferring theism to naturalism. The "problem of reason" is a huge problem for reason, as serious or, I would say, more serious, than the problem of evil is for theists. (emphasis mine) I think this is a very interesting statement for two r … [Read more...]

Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists

(redated post originally published on 1 May 2006)Thanks to Keith Augustine for pointing this out to me:http://preposterousuniverse.com/writings/nd-paper/ … [Read more...]

Open Combox for Debating Objective Morality

Feel free to debate in the combox as your heart desires. I have just one suggestion: make sure you clearly define your terms. Notoriously polysemous words to define include"objective" "morality" "values" "obligations" "atheism" "naturalism"  … [Read more...]

How to Get Published on The Secular Web: Call for Papers

As "Call for Papers Editor" for The Secular Web, I'd like to take this opportunity to advertise The Secular Web's "Call for Papers" page on the site. I recently updated the page with several new requests for original articles and book reviews for The Secular Web's "Modern Library," which is the peer-reviewed, scholarly section of the site. We welcome contributions from both nontheists and theists. … [Read more...]

Is There a Problem of Evil for Atheism?

In response to various arguments from evil for atheism, some theists attempt to turn the tables on atheists and argue that evil is at least as much of a problem for atheism as it is for theism. I've argued repeatedly that this response completely misses the point that the problem of evil can be understood as a reductio against theism (see, for example, here). And what has the response of those theists been? Silence. Or, at the very least, if they have responded, I'm unaware of it. (Please feel … [Read more...]

From Keith Parsons: Craig on the Relevance of Christianity

(redating post originally published on 13 November 2006)Keith Parsons recently sent me the following e-mail, which he has authorized me to post here on the Secular Outpost. Craig recently sent a message to Vic Reppert's Dangerous Idea blog What is really sad is that these "young people" that were subjected to Craig's browbeating probably got no chance at all to hear an equally eloquent case for the other side.; I had to fight off dyspepsia while reading it. Apparently Craig's daughter, … [Read more...]

Daniel Howard-Snyder on the Trilemma Argument

(Redating post originally published on 30 April 2006)http://faculty.wwu.edu/howardd/mbgfp5web.pdf … [Read more...]