Arizona Atheist “Infiltrates” the Christian Cadre Yahoo Group

An old post from 2009 I just discovered.LINK … [Read more...]

Wintery Knight’s Secular Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

WinteryKnight has developed what he calls a "secular case against same-sex marriage." This post is addressed to the nontheists in the audience: do you think his case works? More importantly, why or why not? … [Read more...]

New Chick Tracts

Jack Chick does Islam. The reason you shouldn't believe the Quran is the word of God because it says so is that the Bible is the word of God because it says so. … [Read more...]

For Victor Reppert: The Metaethical Objections to Craig’s Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements

This is a quick follow-up to my last reply to Victor Reppert. The title of Reppert's post is, "The Moral Argument that Christians don't use, but atheists always rebut." In reply, we can point to "The Metaethical Objections to Craig's Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements."LINK … [Read more...]

Victor Reppert on Atheist Responses to Moral Arguments

Commenting on how atheists have responded to William Lane Craig's moral argument, Victor Reppert writes this.Yet, when I hear atheists talking about moral arguments, they always assume that the advocate of the moral argument is saying that we have to believe in God to lead moral lives, (and indignantly argue that we don't have to believe in God to lead moral lives) in spite of the fact that Christian advocates of moral arguments, at least the ones I am familiar with NEVER say … [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...]

Can Theists Be Moral?

That's a pretty silly question, isn't it? I would argue that it is about as silly as the question, "Can Atheists Be Moral?" Even fundamentalist Christian philosophers grant that atheists can know moral principles and behave according to those principles. If someone wishes to deny that theists or atheists can have morals, it seems the burden of proof should fall on them to offer some reason why they could not have morals. … [Read more...]