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...]

Think Airplane Legroom is Bad? Wait Until They Reduce Headroom!

Now that the U.S. Senate has defeated the airplane legroom amendment, airlines are breathing a big sigh of relief.In fact, according to several industry insiders -- who all spoke only on condition of anonymity -- their next move is to take away headroom. While the ceiling is normally 6' above the floor on jets like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, the airlines are considering a move to reduce the vertical clearance to 4.5' above the floor. For an additional fee -- ranging from $35-$300 … [Read more...]

How to Think about Historical Evidence about Anything, Part 1: The Credibility of Testimony

Note: So far as I know, no one working in New Testament scholarship, apologetics, counter-apologetics, or ancient history is applying the concepts in this blog post. As will soon become obvious, most of the ideas in this blog post are not mine, but if other people find these techniques useful, I would appreciate being given credit for the idea to apply them outside of their source discipline. 1. Schumian Framework for Decomposition of the Credibility of Testimony Suppose witness W testifies E* … [Read more...]

Off-Topic: America Needs to Have Just Two Time Zones and the World Should Follow Suit

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John Oliver on Donald Trump #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain

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The Old “You’d Have to be God to Know There is No God” Objection

(Redated post originally published on 9 December 2011)Layman at Answers in Genesis repeats the myth that atheism is self-refuting because it requires knowledge that only God could have. In his words: To say there is no God is to say you have enough knowledge to know there is no God. But an atheist can never have enough knowledge to be certain there is no God. He would have to know everything, because if there is something outside his area of knowledge, that something could include God. An … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 5: Dawkins’s Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit

(Redated post originally published on 7 December 2011)A. The Argument FormulatedIn chapter 4 of his book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins advances an argument for atheism he calls the "Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit," in reference to Fred Hoyle's famous comment about a Boeing 747 arising by chance in a junkyard.[26] Just as Hoyle's argument appeals to the (alleged) improbability of evolution, Dawkins's argument appeals to the (alleged) improbability of God.Dawkins is not a philosopher … [Read more...]

Sean Carroll’s List of 6 Arguments Used by Science Denialists

Sean B. Carroll is a noted evolutionary biologist, author, and vice-president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. I haven't read his book, The Making of theFittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, but I'm told it contains a summary of 6 arguments used by science denialists that could be applied to most any subject.   Here are the 6 arguments.Cast doubt on the science. Question the scientists' motives and integrity. Magnify any disagreements … [Read more...]