Mark Driscoll, the Pope of Seattle says Get on the Bus or I will Drive the Bus Over You

I informally debated Mark Driscoll (and Lief Moi) when they were co-hosts of a Seattle-based Christian talk radio show in the '90s. So it was interesting to read what Bruce Gerencser had to say about Driscoll, who he calls "the Pope of Seattle."LINK (Warning: off-color word use) … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s Critique of Bart Ehrman on the Probability of Miracles

As the saying goes, I have to "call 'em as I see 'em."I just read, for the first time, the transcript of William Lane Craig's debate with Bart Ehrman. I read, with great interest, Craig's first rebuttal, where he makes extensive use of Bayes's Theorem (BT) to critique two of Ehrman's statements. Those two statements were:(1) “Because historians can only establish what probably happened, and a miracle of this nature is highly improbable, the historian cannot say it probably … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 2: Is ECREE False? A Reply to William Lane Craig

In my last post, I offered a Bayesian interpretation of the principle, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE). William Lane Craig, however, disagrees with ECREE. In a response to philosopher Stephen Law, Craig wrote this.This sounds so commonsensical, doesn’t it? But in fact it is demonstrably false. Probability theorists studying what sort of evidence it would take to establish a highly improbable event came to realize that if you just weigh the improbability of the e … [Read more...]

LINK: Colin McGinn on Atheism

The Spring 2012 issue of Theoretical and Applied Ethics contains a symposium on Ethics, Atheism, and Religion.  The lead essay is by Colin McGinn and is followed by responses from Edward Feser, Steve Fuller, Ted Peters, and Robert Sinclair.  All the essays can be read online, so go take a look.HT: Edward Feser … [Read more...]

Open Question to Theists: Do You Condone the Use of the Phrase a “Murder of Atheists”?

I just learned about this. Apparently the apologist who runs the site www.truefreethinker.com has described Geisler's response to The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave as a "murder of atheists." (See here and here.) To be clear, the author is not calling for the murder of atheists. Rather, he says,I am employing the term "murder" in relation to the group of atheists who have team [sic] up to produce a failure of a book-the term "murder" in this sense is taken from referring to a group of … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 1: The Bayesian Interpretation of ECREE

If you read this blog, chances are that you very familiar with the slogan, popularized by the late Carl Sagan, that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." What I want to do is to offer a Bayesian interpretation and defense of that slogan.In order to make this a 'self-contained' post, I will need to repeat some of what I've written elsewhere. Epistemic Probability In this article, when I refer to probability I shall be adopting the epistemic interpretation of probability. The … [Read more...]

LINK: Leah Libresco of Unequally Yoked Converts from Atheism to Catholicism

I had never heard of her before this, but Leah Libresco of the blog Unequally Yoked has converted from atheism to Catholicism. It appears a big factor in her conversion was her belief that the Moral Law is a person.I hope that nontheists will (1) not commit the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and deny she was ever an atheist; and (2) be nice to her.LINK (HT: Paul Fidalgo)Update: Apparently her conversion is now being reported by MSNBC News. … [Read more...]

LINK: Does the threat of a highway to Hell deter a problem child? New study shows the complications of belief and crime

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