Episcopal Church Allows Bishops in Celibate Same-Sex Unions

“Men in a civil union will now be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England, but they are not allowed to have sex.” So begins this article by CNN here. (As one of the readers said in a comment, “The best first sentence in an article ever. What a laugh to get the day started.”) Not that the Episcopal Church cares about my opinion, but if they were to ask for it, I would have three questions: (1) What’s the point? (2) If homosexual sex is forbidden, how about other, non-sexual forms of con … [Read more...]

Thomas Paine on the Immorality of the (Alleged) Virgin Birth

The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene. It gives an account of a young woman engaged to be married, and while under this engagement she is, to speak plain language, debauched by a ghost, under the impious pretense (Luke, chap. I., ver. 35), that "the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee." Notwithstanding which, Joseph afterward marries her, cohabits with her as his wife, and in his turn rivals the ghost. This is putting the … [Read more...]

Ordination of Women Priests

I find it fascinating to follow in-house disagreements among Christians, such as the disagreement about whether women can be ordained as priests. At First Things, David Mills blogs about a video entitled, "Ordain a Lady." This led me to do a search on the topic, "Why won't the Catholic church ordain women?" That led me to this Catholic blog, which seeks to answer Episcopal arguments for the ordination of women.This statement caught me eye:So while it's true that “Male and female are created … [Read more...]

Ex-Apologist on Craig’s “Holy Spirit Epistemology”

This isn’t brand new; I just saw it mentioned on EA’s post listing his favorite posts of 2012 and I don’t remember seeing this before. EA criticizes Michael Martin’s objections to Craig’s Holy Spirit epistemology and then offers his own objection. LINK … [Read more...]

Empty Defense of an Empty Tomb: A Reply to Anne A. Kim’s Misunderstandings

I finished this essay many years ago, but due to my hiatus never got around to publishing it until now. It will be announced on the Secular Web’s “What’s New?” page very soon. It can be accessed immediately by using the link below, however.Abstract: William Lane Craig has argued for the historicity of Jesus' empty tomb on the basis of ten lines of evidence. In response, Jeffery Jay Lowder argued that Craig had not yet shown that any of his ten items of evidence make the empty tomb more probable t … [Read more...]

Connecting via Social Media

Here are two ways you may connect with me “socially” if you’re so inclined. Atheist Nexus Here I have very little on that site at this time, but if you’d like to “connect” in a more social fashion feel free to drop by and send a request. Google Plus Here Facebook I have a Facebook account, but I am not a fan of Facebook, so I’m not interested in building out my connections there. … [Read more...]

The Loftus-Torley Exchange

It seems to me that Torley clearly has the upper hand in this exchange so far. As a debate judge, I would “flow” the entire “debate” to Torley up to this point. But that doesn’t mean game over for Loftus, however. In each case, I think Loftus has strong replies available. Here are my brief comments on Torley’s points. Mistake #1. Loftus’ failure to take account of prior probabilities As a Bayesian, I agree that taking account of prior probabilities is essential. Of course, I also think metaphysi … [Read more...]

Erik Wielenberg: An Inconsistency in Craig’s Defence of the Moral Argument

Abstract. I argue that William Craig’s defence of the moral argument is internally inconsistent. In the course of defending the moral argument, Craig criticizes non-theistic moral realism on the grounds that it posits the existence of certain logically necessary connections but fails to provide an adequate account of why such connections hold. Another component of Craig’s defenceof the moral argument is an endorsement of a particular version of the divine command theory (DCT). Craig’s version of … [Read more...]