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)

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

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...]

Link: Is God Dead? Michael Tooley vs. Peter Kreeft (2008)

I just discovered on YouTube the 2008 debate between atheist philosopher Michael Tooley, (Professor of Philosophy and College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado, Boulder) and Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft (Professor of Philosophy, Boston College).I haven't watched it yet, but I'm sharing the link with interested readers / viewers.Note: links do not necessarily constitute endorsement.  … [Read more...]

Matthew Ferguson: Ten Reasons to Reject the Apologetic 10/42 Source Slogan (2012)

The "10/42 source slogan" refers to the claim that "42 ancient sources record Jesus 150 years within his lifetime, whereas only 10 mention the contemporary Roman emperor Tiberius." Matthew Ferguson, a Ph.D. student at the University of California at Irvine, has written a detailed critique of the 10/42 source slogan.Here is an excerpt from the article's conclusion: Upon investigation of the “10/42” statistic, it is clear that Habermas and Licona exaggerated the number of authors who alle … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Biological Evolution, Part 2: Is Evolution Evidence for Theism?

Let's begin reviewing the logical form of the argument, as described in Part 1 of this series. (1) Evolution is antecedently much more probable on the assumption that naturalism is true than on the assumption that theism is true. (2) The statement that pain and pleasure systematically connected to reproductive success is antecedently much more probable on the assumption that evolutionary naturalism is true than on the assumption that evolutionary theism is true. (3) Therefore, evolution … [Read more...]

Lowder-Vandergriff Debate on God’s Existence Now Out!

I'm pleased to announce that my debate on God's existence with Mr. Kevin Vandergriff is now out! Here are the options for accessing the debate.Download it as an audio file via the Reasonable Doubts podcast Watch the YouTube version which has slide presentations accompanying each speech Read the transcriptTopic and FormatThe topic and format for our debate was as follows.Topic: Naturalism vs. Christian Theism: Where Does the Evidence Point?Format: Mr. Lowder's Opening … [Read more...]