New Chick Tract

You can't even tell where the religious weirdness ends and the political right-wing weirdness begins. … [Read more...]

Marcus McElhaney on Austin Dacey’s Debate with WLC

Marcus McElhaney responds to a recent blog post at Debunking Christianity which links to a video of Austin Dacey’s debate with William Lane Craig on God’s existence. Since I believe Dacey’s debate with Craig is one of the better debate performances by an atheist, this caught my eye. Here I want to comment on McElhaney’s critique. Topic: The Argument from Divine Hiddenness Here is McElhaney: This thought amazes me! God is not hidden too well if I and so many others have found him.  Just bec … [Read more...]

Empty Defense of an Empty Tomb: A Reply to Anne A. Kim’s Misunderstandings

I finished this essay many years ago, but due to my hiatus never got around to publishing it until now. It will be announced on the Secular Web’s “What’s New?” page very soon. It can be accessed immediately by using the link below, however.Abstract: William Lane Craig has argued for the historicity of Jesus' empty tomb on the basis of ten lines of evidence. In response, Jeffery Jay Lowder argued that Craig had not yet shown that any of his ten items of evidence make the empty tomb more probable t … [Read more...]

The Loftus-Torley Exchange

It seems to me that Torley clearly has the upper hand in this exchange so far. As a debate judge, I would “flow” the entire “debate” to Torley up to this point. But that doesn’t mean game over for Loftus, however. In each case, I think Loftus has strong replies available. Here are my brief comments on Torley’s points. Mistake #1. Loftus’ failure to take account of prior probabilities As a Bayesian, I agree that taking account of prior probabilities is essential. Of course, I also think metaphysi … [Read more...]

Further Comments on http://subversivethinking.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/reply-to-professor-graham-oppys.htmlI shall restrict myself to one small comment on what is a very long post that covers a great deal of ground very quickly.In my previous post, I wrote this: "Question: Is there a first cause in causal reality? If so, then, causal reality begins with that first cause. Moreover, it might seem right to say that causal reality begins to exist with that first cause. (Of course, … [Read more...]

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Humanism for Children: A Reply to William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig is right. There has been "a resurgence of interest in arguments for God's existence."  So-called "new atheists" aside, what he fails to mention is that there has also been a resurgence of interest in arguments against God's existence by philosophers like J.L. Schellenberg, Quentin Smith, Paul Draper, Stephen Maitzen, Michael Martin, and many others.Indeed, Craig's biased, selective summary of recent work in philosophy of religion, like many of the arguments for God's … [Read more...]

Part of a response to: http://subversivethinking.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/graham-oppy-on-successful-arguments.html  The argument we have been given -- the kalam cosmological syllogism -- is this:1-Whatever begins to exist has a cause (of its beginning to exist) 2-The universe began to exist 3-Therefore, the universe has a cause (of its beginning to exist) Two immediate questions to ask when we come to assess it: (a) What lies in the scope of the quantifier in (1)? (b) What exactly do … [Read more...]

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Steve Hays: Let’s Put Huckabee’s Comments about the Connecticut Massacre into Context

Steve Hays suggests that critics of Mike Huckabee's comments about the Connecticut massacre have taken his comments out of context. He quotes philosopher Jerry Walls's comments on Facebook for context. … [Read more...]


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