Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 5: Is ECREE False? A Reply to Greg Koukl and Melinda Penner

In my first postin this series, I offered a Bayesian interpretation of the principle, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE). Greg Koukl, however, disagrees with ECREE. He recently explained why on his radio show (click here for audio); also, Melinda Penner, a member of Koukl's staff, has written on the issue here and here. In this post, I want to explain why I think Koukl's and Penner's objections to ECREE, like those of William Lane Craig and T. Kurt Jaros, are … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s Defense of Akin

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The Evidential Argument from the History of Science, Part 4: Reply to ‘cl’

IntroductionTheists hold that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect person (God) who created the universe. Metaphysical naturalists, on the other hand, hold that the universe is a closed system, which means that nothing that is not part of the natural world affects it. Metaphysical naturalism (N) denies the existence of all supernatural beings, including God. Therefore, N entails that any true scientific explanations must be naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) … [Read more...]

LINKS: Dishonesty and Possible Craig-Lowder Debate

I just posted the following on my personal blog."How to Argue that Someone Lied""Craig-Lowder Debate?" … [Read more...]

Chris Hallquist vs. William Lane Craig on Dishonesty: Part 2

Now that Chris Hallquist has accepted my summary of his allegations about William Lane Craig's honesty, I want to review each allegation in detail to determine if it is justified.In order to maximize the readability of this post, I'm going to repeat a lot of what I wrote in the last post but add my assessment where appropriate. For each alleged example, my old comments will appear in a section or paragraph marked as "Background." This will then be followed by a section or paragraph marked, … [Read more...]

Advice to Christians Who Want to Dialogue with Atheists: Don’t Use the Word “Faith”

There are times where two people speak the same language, use the same words, and mean very different things by the same words. In conversations between Christians and atheists, "faith" is one such word. For many atheists, the word "faith" means, by default, belief without evidence or even belief against the evidence. In contrast, I doubt many Christians would accept that definition. For example, according to the NIV translation, Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for … [Read more...]

Did William Lane Craig Confuse “Pornographic” with “Profane”?

In an earlier post, I reported that William Lane Craig had written that Internet Infidels sites "are literally pornographic (evil writing)."I have to confess that when I first read this, I scratched my head. I thought to myself, "Does the word 'pornographic' have some secondary meaning I hadn't run across before?" It appears the answer is "no." Here is the definition of "pornographic" from Dictionary.com. pornographic por·nog·ra·phy noun obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, es … [Read more...]

Chris Hallquist vs. William Lane Craig on Dishonesty: Part 1

Christopher Hallquist recently finished a series of blog posts about William Lane Craig. In addition to providing objections to Craig's various arguments, Hallquist also accuses Craig of dishonesty in his work. In this post, I want to review Hallquist's evidence for that accusation and figure out if the accusation is justified.Here is an outline of my basic plan.Review the definitions of honest, honesty, dishonesty, misrepresent, lie.Summarize Hallquist's allegations of dishonesty.Assess … [Read more...]