Next Year

I wanted to retire this year, but that did not work out.   I might be able to retire a year from now, though.There are a number of topics from this year that I plan to carry over into 2015:1. The End of PoR?John Loftus has argued that public colleges and universities should stop offering classes in the Philosophy of Religion.  I disagree.  But I have not yet evaluated his argument for the End of PoR, nor have I made my case in support of PoR.2. Swinburne's case for GodI fi … [Read more...]

Christian Apologist: Theists Care About Science but Naturalists Don’t

Christian apologist Wintery Knight has written an unintentionally funny post against naturalists in which he attempts to turn the tables on those who would use science to argue against religion.Linking to an old article which explains how the planet Jupiter deflects comets and asteroids that might otherwise hit Earth, Wintery Knight argues that this shows our habitat was fine-tuned to be life-permitting. This would make sense if, say, we were talking about a junior deity (call him "Bob") who … [Read more...]

Lowder-Vandergriff Debate: Mr. Lowder’s Closing Statement (2014)

Mr. Lowder's Closing Statement (PDF)Mr. Lowder's Closing Statement Slides (PDF) … [Read more...]

Lowder-Vandergriff Debate: Mr. Lowder’s Second Rebuttal (2014)

Mr. Lowder's Second Rebuttal (PDF)Mr. Lowder's Second Rebuttal Slides (PDF) … [Read more...]

Lowder-Vandergriff Debate: Mr. Lowder’s First Rebuttal (2014)

Mr. Lowder's First Rebuttal (PDF)Mr. Lowder's First Rebuttal Slides (PDF) … [Read more...]

Lowder-Vandergriff Debate: Mr. Lowder’s Opening Statement and Slides (2014)

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Index: The Lowder-Vandergriff Debate: Naturalism vs. Christian Theism: Where Does the Evidence Point? (2014)

 Mr. Lowder's Opening Statement (2,582 words, 129.1 WPM) Mr. Vandergriff's Opening Statement (3,139 words, 157 WPM) Mr. Lowder's First Rebuttal (2,197 words, 146.5 WPM) Mr. Vandergriff's First Rebuttal (2,729 words, 181.9 WPM) Mr. Lowder's Second Rebuttal (1,519 words, 151.9 WPM) Mr. Vandergriff's Second Rebuttal (2,005 words, 200.5 WPM) Mr. Lowder's Closing Statement (883 words, 176.6 WPM) Mr. Vandergriff's Closing Statement (1,080 words, 216 WPM)Note: The rules for t … [Read more...]

Don’t Criticize What You Can’t Understand

Recently, I found myself defending William Lane Craig's reformed epistemology.   I was defending it NOT because I believe it to be true or correct, but because his views were being presented as 'stupid' and obviously false.  My impression was that those who were making these strong claims did NOT understand Craig's views on epistemology, and therefore were objecting to a Straw Man.  There was little interest in my points about reformed epistemology--apparently philosophy is too boring and co … [Read more...]


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