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...]

Why Does the U.S. Congress Have Official Chaplains?

Yesterday the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sued the U.S. Congress for barring atheist Dan Barker from delivering the invocation. (See here.) I am no attorney -- constitutional or otherwise -- but it seems to be a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause for Congress to allow Christian invocations, while barring atheist invocations. Why? Because the Establishment Clause implies that the U.S. Government may not favor belief or nonbelief or, if you prefer, theism over … [Read more...]

Debate 101

If your debate opponent defends a position (call it H1), argue against H1. Don't argue against positions they don't hold (H2 or H3 or ...). … [Read more...]

Moral Arguments for God and Coining a Name for a Common but Fallacious Objection

In response to Wintery Knight's recent blog post on the plausibility of objective morality on atheism, I posted a comment in the combox on his site. The comment consisted solely of a link to my YouTube video, "Naturalism, Theism, and Moral Ontology: A Reply to William Lane Craig." In response to that link, WK wrote a response, which you can read on his blog. (I cannot figure out how to link to an individual comment on his blog or I would provide a direct link. In any case, I recommend you do … [Read more...]

We Don’t Have Father-ist Apologetics; Why Do We Need Theistic Apologetics?

Anyone who has (or had) a loving father in their lives did not spend their time studying abstract, philosophical arguments for the existence of their father. In fact, the whole idea of "father-ist apologetics" as a thing seems weird as soon as you think about it.Compare theistic apologetics. I suspect that many people -- or at least many theists -- don't think there is anything odd about the idea of theistic apologetics. But I think the idea of theistic apologetics is odd for the same reason … [Read more...]

Naturalism, Theism, and Moral Ontology: A Reply to William Lane Craig

(Reposting since this seems to be so popular. So far as I am aware, neither WLC nor anyone else has responded to this.)Abstract: This paper considers William Lane Craig’s metaethical argument for God’s existence. Roughly, the argument is that the existence of objective moral values provides strong evidence for God’s existence. I consider one by one Craig’s various reasons in support of the argument’s major premise, namely, that objective moral values and the nonexistence of God are at odds wi … [Read more...]

The Intellectual Poverty of Ken Ham’s Presuppositionalist Meme

I recently saw a Twitter meme of Ken Ham making a crude appeal to a presuppositionalist type of argument against all non-Christians, not just atheists. I don't want to deal with any potential licensing issues with the image, so rather than display the image on my blog instead I'll quote the words below. Non-Christian scientists are really borrowing from the Christian worldview to carry out their observational science. Think about it. When they are doing observational science, using the … [Read more...]