Unapologetic Review – Part 10: Evaluation of Reason #9

REVIEW OF ANALYSIS OF REASON #9In Part 9 of this series, I asserted that  the main argument in  Unapologetic is Reason #9, and I argued that Reason #9 invoved the following assumptions: 5. ANY claim that is based on faith cannot be reasonably defended. 6. Philosophers ought NOT recognize and participate in an alleged sub-discipline of philosophy that uses reason to examine ONLY claims that are based on faith. Premise (5) is a reason in support of premise (6), and premise (6) is a reason in … [Read more...]

Atheist ‘Safe Zones’: A Solution In Search of a Problem

I just became aware of this website: "Secular Safe Zone." Why are secular safe zones needed? "The number of nontheists in America is rising rapidly and there is a growing body of research that is beginning to explore this once-invisible and amorphous group. While tolerance for minority religions is growing around the country, discrimination and harassment of nontheistic Americans continues to be a problem. Everyday American institutions and customs can be exclusionary to nontheists.  Beyond be … [Read more...]

What Was Richard Dawkins Thinking?

Richard Dawkins recently re-tweeted a tweet that is so obviously false, one has to ask, "What was he thinking when he posted it?"I'm not going to embed the tweet here which is arguably NSFW, but I'll provide a link and describe it. It has two photos. On the left is a picture of Matt Taylor, the scientist who wore an inappropriate  shirt. On the right is a picture of a Muslim woman being executed. The caption below the two photos reads, "One of these two pictures upsets Feminists. The other o … [Read more...]

On Caring about Whether Other People Become Naturalists

Relatively speaking, I don't care much if someone becomes a naturalist. I care more about refuting an anti-atheist stereotype, intentionally or unintentionally reinforced by Craig and his ilk, which Randal Rauser calls the Rebellion Thesis. I've encountered far too many Christians who think atheists are stupid (when it comes to evaluating the evidence about God) and immoral. Going beyond religion, I guess I also care more broadly about critical thinking skills and the fact that so many people … [Read more...]

Link: Massimo Pigliucci’s “Reflections on the Skeptic and Atheist Movements”

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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...]

If You Think Atheists Should Ridicule Theistic Beliefs, Read This

This is a paper I started writing almost ten years ago, but never finished. Atheistic Advocacy as a Risk Communication Problem Jeffery Jay Lowder Abstract. In this paper, I introduce a new way of thinking about atheistic advocacy. In an important sense, atheism is a risk. Therefore, attempts to argue either for the truth of atheism or for the tolerance of atheists and atheist civil rights constitute risk communications. By applying the findings of risk communication scholars to … [Read more...]

This Is What It’s Like to Lead Atheists

This video says all that needs to be said. … [Read more...]