Loftus and Reppert on Probabilities

John Loftus stirs the pot with his recent post, "Should We Think Exclusively in Terms of Probabilities or Not?"Victor Reppert responds in, "But How Shall we Follow Probabilities?"I think I agree with Loftus when he writes, we "should think exclusively in terms of the probabilities." If I understand Reppert, I am pretty sure he agrees also.I'm not convinced, however, that a Christian's degree of belief that Jesus rose from the dead must necessarily exceed that which can be justified based on the … [Read more...]

Atheistic Objections to FFRF’s Winter Solstice Banner

Ophelia Benson blogs about FFRF's request for an "equal time" display of a "Winter Solstice banner" at a courthouse in Texas. Here is the text of the banner, which I believe is the same text the FFRF has been using on banners and other displays for at least 15 years.“At this Season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves m … [Read more...]

Is This What Happens When Children are Homeschooled?

This is a letter to the editor of a New Zealand paper, The Northern Outlook.   HT: Evan Fales … [Read more...]

Paul Kurtz, January 25, 1925 – October 21, 2012

(The following was written by Eddie Tabash and posted with permission)I take great pride in being the major financial backer of Internet Infidels. The intellectual fire power that this website brings to bear in the quest to refute supernatural claims is a sheer delight in a world so riven with superstition. My actual induction, as it were, into freethought organizations was in 1995, when Paul Kurtz brought me into the three organizations he founded: the Center for Inquiry, Council for Secular … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist: Paul Kurtz Has Died

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Ian’s Review of Carrier’s Proving History and Carrier’s Reply

An atheist named Ian with a deep background in math and science has written a critical review of Carrier's Proving History.A Mathematical Review of "Proving History" by Richard CarrierAmong other things, Ian complains that Carrier uses a version of Bayes's Theorem (BT) that is "unduly complex" and "highly idiosyncratic." I disagree. I think one's assumptions can play a huge role in historical Jesus studies, so it valuable to use a version of BT which explicitly includes background knowledge … [Read more...]

dangerous idea: Corduan replies to Carrier on miracles

dangerous idea: Corduan replies to Carrier on miracles … [Read more...]

Three Amazingly Good Books

I am currently reading three amazingly good books. J.L. Schellenberg's, The Wisdom to DoubtColin Howson's, Objecting to GodHerman Philipse, God in the Age of Science? I can sum up all three books in one word: "Wow."If you are interested in the philosophy of religion (and, if you're reading this blog, you probably are), then you should run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore to get your own copies.If any theists read this post and are looking for a change of scenery from rehashing the problems … [Read more...]


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