Randal Rauser’s Review of The Making of an Atheist

In his book, The Making of an Atheist, James Spiegel argues that immorality leads to unbelief. On his blog, Randal Rauser provides a thoughtful review and critique. Check it out. … [Read more...]

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

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God as a ‘Necessary Being’ – Part 3

Richard Swinburne analyzes the concept of 'necessary being' into two implications (COT, p.241-242):1. It is not a matter of fortunate accident that there is a God; he exists necessarily. 2. God is necessarily the kind of being which he is; God does not just happen to have the properties which he does.In his simpler and more popular book on God (Is There a God?), Swinburne clarifies these implications further in terms of the concept of 'essential properties':But theism does not claim … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 11

I will now take a brief break from answering the 44 questions about Mark, Q, M, and L.For your reading enjoyment, I bring you John Crossan's brief defense of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus:Jesus' death by execution under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For, if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixion, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavious … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 10

In my previous post on this topic, I argued that we need to answer 44 specific questions in order to come up with fact-based initial evaluation of Bart Ehrman's Seven Gospels Argument (SGA).The first question is whether Mark (one of the seven sources that Ehrman points us to) confirms the following attribute claim:A1. Yeshu’a was a flesh-and-blood person.Because Mark is the most extensive source of the seven, one would expect that Mark would confirm all or nearly all of the eleven a … [Read more...]

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...]


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