The Flat Earth Society

Yes, there really is a Flat Earth Society. They even have a website. … [Read more...]

More Straw Manning of the Opposition

Over at He Lives, David Heddle provides another example of a theist straw manning the opposition. He writes:Intellectual atheism in the 21st century:• If God made everything, who made God? (Dawkins)• Religion poisons everything! (Hitchens)• Science and religion are not compatible! (Coyne)• I'm a genius and can use Bayes's Theorem to show Jesus didn't exist! (Carrier)• Menz suck! Theists is dumb! (Myers)• If I were god, I'd make a small uni … [Read more...]

An Argument from Scale — Poster Style

HT: Adam TaylorAs a nitpick, theism by itself does not say anything about God having a personal relationship with anyone. Only sectarian versions of theism, such as Christian theism, make such claims.Putting that aside, another worry I have about this graphic is that it seems to attack a caricature of what theists believe. God could have multiple purposes for creating the universe; I don't see any reason to think that even Christian theism says that the sole reason for the universe's … [Read more...]

Loftus’s Outsider Test for Faith viewed in HD with Bayes’s Theorem

In a recent post, I mentioned that anyone interested in the discussion regarding "atheism versus faith" should be reading John Loftus. Particularly, I noted an argument from his excellent Why I Became an Atheist, the "Outsider's Test for Faith" (OTF), which he is elaborating upon in a new book of that title to be published by Prometheus Books next spring. Subsequently, I made a comment that piqued his interest by saying that "[the OTF could be] greatly strengthened by appropriately … [Read more...]

Scalar Connection to Meaning of Life?

Because I've written so much about arguments from scale lately, the following statement in Dennis Prager's op-ed on atheism and consolation caught my eye."'And we promise to work for more gun control. But the truth is we don’t have a single consoling thing to say to you because we atheists recognize that the human being is nothing more than matter, no different from all other matter in the universe except for having self-consciousness. Therefore, when we die, that’s it. Moreover, wit … [Read more...]

Tom Flynn on Dennis Prager

As always, Tom Flynn has written another spirited essay, this time in response to Dennis Prager on atheism and consolation.LINKI agree with pretty much everything he writes. Yet I find myself thinking, "Yeah, but ..." as I read it.I think the first thing that needs to be said is that what counts as "consolation" is inherently subjective: it's going to vary from person to person and from time to time. Some people will find it consoling to know that the dead cannot suffer, whereas … [Read more...]

Atheistic Criticism of Atheistic Scholarship

Here are several examples of criticism of atheistic scholarship, by fellow atheists. Keith Augustine: “Moral Subjectivism Revisited” (1998): A rebuttal to Theodore Schick, Jr.'s "Is Morality a Matter of Taste?" Julian Baggini: “Review of Michael Martin and Ricci Monier, eds., The Impossibility of God” (2005) Richard Carrier: “Did Jesus Exist? Earl Doherty and the Argument to Ahistoricity” (2002): This is a critical review of "The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Ch … [Read more...]

Did the Cosmological Principle Get Knocked Down?

This looks relevant to arguments from scale.LINK … [Read more...]