Atheist Critics of Philosophy of Religion

There are some atheists (such as Boghossian and Coyne, among others) who criticize the philosophy of religion as undeserving of respect. They unwittingly contradict themselves by ... doing philosophy of religion! (Hint: if you're writing about how God is fictional, faith is an unreliable epistemology, etc., you're doing philosophy of religion whether you know it or not.) … [Read more...]

New by Paul Draper: God and the Burden of Proof

See the attachment below."God and the Burden of Proof" by Paul Draper (2014) … [Read more...]

Norman Geisler’s Case for the Death of Jesus – Part 2

In When Skeptics Ask, Norman Geisler presents eight reasons in support of the claim that Jesus actually died on the cross. In my previous post on this subject I argued that six of those reasons should be quickly set aside as weak or defective reasons. In my view, only two reasons out of the eight reasons are worthy of serious consideration.Both of the remaining two reasons are related to various alleged wounds and injuries of Jesus that supposedly occurred just prior to or during the … [Read more...]

The Case for the Death of Jesus – Part 2

John Probability Tree

A challenge (or two) to my previous post "The Case for the Death of Jesus" came from a reader "hardindr". Another reader, Tom Hanson, commented "Personally I'm with hardindr." So in this post I will respond to comments from hardindr, with the intention of also responding to Tom Hanson's concerns.Here is the first comment by hardindr:All of these lengthy blog entries on this subject have confused me. Does the author of them seriously believe that it isn't a historical fact that Jesus of … [Read more...]

What Happened to Quentin Smith?

Quentin Smith used to be a prolific philosopher, but, if is accurate, it has been many years since he's published anything new. He used to have his own website, which is now gone. His faculty page at WMU, which used to contain his vita and links to papers, is now stripped down to very minimal content. People tell me they've been unable to get ahold of him.I hope he is okay. If anyone has any information (and they are allowed to share it), please post a comment below or send me … [Read more...]

I Post a Reply to Jerry Coyne and Now I Am Blocked from Commenting on His Blog

I am used to this kind of behavior from some Christiana apologists, but not from fellow atheists. When I attempted to post the following comment on his blog post, alerting his readers to the fact that Coyne had unintentionally misrepresented my argument, I learned that I have been blocked from commenting on his blog.Dr. Coyne -- Thanks for your article and your interest in the argument. I don't think you've fairly represented Draper argument, however. I will explain why in detail on my blog … [Read more...]

Norman Geisler’s Case for the Death of Jesus

Let me cut to the chase: Geisler's case for the claim that "Jesus actually died on the cross" is crap. It might be marginally better than William Craig's case, but it is most definitely a hot steaming pile of crap. As with Craig's case, part of the reason Geisler's case fails is that he tries to make his case in just a few pages. (This appears to be a common form of mental illness among Christian apologists.)I'm tempted to work my way slowly through Geisler's case, as I did with Craig's … [Read more...]

What Happened to Philo?

Is it just me or has it been a while since a new issue of Philo was published? (For those who didn't know: Philo  used to be subtitled, "The Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers." It was subsequently re-subtitled as "A Journal of Philosophy.") Also, I see that its website is now significantly different than it had been. It now appears to be setup using the "Open Journal System" (OJS) software. … [Read more...]