Luke Muelhauser: The Courtier’s Reply, the Not My Theology Reply, and Straw Men

The Courtier’s Reply is useless. It ignores the real target of an argument. The Not My Theology Reply is legitimate, though it may be beyond the scope of the present discussion. If someone’s argument does not apply to your philosophy but it does apply to the philosophy of others, then that argument probably wasn’t intended for you. But you might still want to make the Not My Theology reply just to clear things up for people. The Straw Man Reply is legitimate only if someone misrepresents the vi … [Read more...]

Old But Still Relevant: Phil Plait on “Don’t Be a Dick”

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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

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

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