Link: “The End of the Teapot Argument for Atheism (and All Its Tawdry Imitators)” by Mark F. Sharlow

Abstract: Atheists sometimes use Bertrand Russell’s teapot argument, and its variants with other objects in place of the teapot, to argue for the rationality of atheism. In this paper I show that this use of the teapot argument and its variants is unacceptably circular. The circularity arises because there is indirect evidence against the objects invoked in the arguments. LINKDisclaimer: I haven't read, much less evaluated this paper. Feel free to debate in the combox! … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from Sean Carroll on Some People Who Mock Religion

People will mock religion as a fantasy for those who won't face reality, but think building warp drive is just a matter of can-do spirit. — Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll) May 2, 2015 … [Read more...]

Praise from Matthew Wade Ferguson

My co-author Matthew Wade Ferguson just wrote an unexpected, very much appreciated, and very complimentary blog post about my work.LINKHe also had some comments about many Christian apologists, including Norman Geisler, Frank Turek, William Lane Craig, and C.S. Lewis. Check it out!Also, if you're not a regular reader of his blog, you should be. … [Read more...]

Christian Pastor Dollar (yes, that’s his last name) Asks for $60M for Private Jet

When I first heard about this, I thought, "This must be a joke. People can't be that stupid." I was wrong.LINKI'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this guy's views are not representative of mainstream Christianity.Aside: apparently Pastor Dollar has anger management issues. … [Read more...]

Christian Philosopher Paul Moser on Michelle Bachmann’s End Times Declaration

LINKThe comments there made me chuckle. … [Read more...]

LINK: Is God the Biggest Serial Killer of All Time? A Response to the Friendly Atheist

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Link: Can Atheism Be Properly Basic?

The academic blog The Prosblogion has a very interesting post by Nik Peels on whether atheism can be properly basic. I see that commenters include several of the regular commenters on this blog.LINK … [Read more...]

Graham Oppy: 60 Years On: Academic Atheist Philosophers Then & Now

Great overview of the history of academic atheist philosophy of religion over the last 60 years.LINK … [Read more...]