Index: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

"Part 1: The Bayesian Interpretation of ECREE": a Bayesian interpretation and defense of ECREE"Part 2: Is ECREE False? A Reply to William Lane Craig": Craig's objection to ECREE is based upon an misinterpretation of ECREE. "Part 3: Is ECREE False? A Reply to Kurt Jaros": ECREE emphasizes the common sense notion that the more implausible (i.e., antecedently improbable) we initially regard a claim prior to considering the evidence, the greater the evidence we will require to believe the … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 4: NT Reliability, Extraordinary Claims, and the Base Rate Fallacy

I want to re-visit the issue of "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE), by considering a type or class of argument for miracles based upon the historical reliability of the New Testament (NT), hereafter "the argument." According to this argument, the general historical reliability of the NT provides sufficient evidence to make the historicity of NT miracles more probable than not. I shall argue, however, that this argument commits the base rate fallacy and therefore is … [Read more...]

Rationally Speaking: The Community of Reason: A Self-Assessment and a Manifesto

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Are You a Current or Former BSA Member? If So, MSNBC Would Like to Hear From You

A journalist at MSNBC is interested in hearing from current or former members about the membership policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Since her reporting up to this point has focused on the BSA's exclusion of homosexuals, I think it would be valuable for her from current or former members about the BSA's discrimination against nontheists also.Her contact info is at the end of the article … [Read more...]

Unreasonable Faith: Failing as a Parent

So much for "love the sinner but hate the sin," eh?As the father of two young children myself, I cannot even imagine ever writing a letter like that to either of my children. LINK … [Read more...]

Are Christians the Best Argument Against Christianity?

According to The Confident Christian, Christians themselves are "the best argument against Christianity." The author sums up the argument as follows.Noted Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias says the one question that has haunted him the most throughout his ministry was asked by a Hindu acquaintance: “If this conversion you speak about is truly supernatural, then why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians that I know?”[6] In other words, a God who is said to … [Read more...]

Index: The Evidential Argument from Evil: the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure

The purpose of this post is to provide an index for all posts regarding Paul Draper's version of the evidential argument from evil which focuses on the biological role of pain and pleasure (APP)."The Argument from the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure": an introduction to the argument "Silver's Defense of Draper's Argument from the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure": self-explanatory "Is Evil Evidence for God?": I examine one specific attempt to use the "evil is evidence for God" … [Read more...]

Jeff’s Picks — 5 Aug 12

The Argument from Evil"The Problem of Evil in One Picture""The Narcissism of Thanking God""Why Should an Atheist Care about the Problem of Evil?""Does Everything Happen for a Reason?" by Bruce Gerencser"Is Evil Evidence for God?" -- by yours truly. A rebuttal to one attempt to use the "turnaround" strategy and argue that evil is evidence for God's existence."Does the Moral Argument Undercut the Problem of Evil?" by Thrasymachus"Why Moral Arguments Don't … [Read more...]