Richard Carrier Asks, “Is William Lane Craig Afraid?”

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Bob Enyart’s Ten Caricatures of Atheism

I recently stumbled across a webpage by Pastor Bob Enyart which claims to disprove ten atheist clichés in "eight seconds or less." All that he actually accomplishes, however, is tearing down ten strawmen of his own creation.To see why, let's stipulate that atheism is the belief that God does not exist. Atheist Cliché Enyart's Caricature of Atheism 1: There is no truth! Theist Rebuttal: Is that true? [1 second] The claim, "There is no truth," does not follow from atheism. (It's also sel … [Read more...]

Is Atheism Presumptuous? A Reply to Paul Copan

My reply to Copan was published in 2000. To the best of my knowledge, Copan has neither published a reply nor issued a retraction of his claim.LINK … [Read more...]

My 1998 Article: William Lane Craig: Christian Theism’s Hired Gun

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On April 3, 1998, Christian philosopher William Lane Craig debated Oxford chemist Peter W. Atkins (pictured at right) on the existence of God at the chapel of the Carter Presidential Center in Craig's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. According to one of the Christian organizers of the event, former President Carter had shown interest in introducing the debaters, but was out of the country at the time. William F. Buckley, Jr., of "Firing Line" fame, served as the moderator.The Craig-Atkins … [Read more...]

Coyne Declines Craig’s Debate Invitation; Craig Declines Mine

I contacted William Lane Craig a few days ago to see if he was open to scheduling a a debate in 2014. He declined, on the grounds that he is really scaling back his speaking engagements so that he can focus on his book about God and abstract objects, part of which will be delivered as a series of lectures in 2015.Apparently, however, he is not completely withdrawing from the debate circuit. Jerry Coyne just declined an invitation to debate Craig.Since a Craig-Coyne debate isn't going to … [Read more...]

On Generalizing about the Other Side’s Dishonesty and Ignorance

Randal Rauser and Chriss Halquist have been exchanging a series of posts about the alleged dishonesty and igorance of apologists. (See Randal's latest post here.)If Randal's post is an accurate summary of the exchange with Hallquist--and I have no reason to doubt that it is--then my technical judgment of this exchange can be summed up in one word: "ouch." With all due respect to Christ, Randal's post seems to be a very solid critique.So What? Why This MattersThe … [Read more...]

Parsons is Mean

Someone named Randal Rauser thinks I am being mean to fundamentalists:http://randalrauser.com/2013/06/laughing-at-fundamentalists-lessons-from-john-loftus-and-keith-parsons/I am. I ain't a Christian. I don't turn the other cheek or love my enemies or pray for those that say mean things about atheists.What justifies ridicule? The ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed. Well, we should spare the innocent ridiculousness of those who cannot help it--the genuinely, pathetically dimwitted or … [Read more...]

My Guest Post on Randal Rauser’s Blog

In case you don't already follow Randal Rauser's blog, The Tentative Apologist, he has been posting a series of guest posts by prominent atheists on his blog about "why they don't believe." Rauser just posted my short essay, for which I am truly grateful.Rauser offered a few comments on my short essay. I, in turn, would like to offer a few short comments of my own. “He [Draper] taught me that, if I want to be a philosopher of religion and not an apologist”However, I’m not content to allo … [Read more...]


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