Disqus and Starred Posts

FYI: If you like posts on this site, Disqus has a feature which allows you to "star" the page. Look for the box which appears directly below each post and directly above all of the comments which says something like "0 stars," "1 star," etc. Clicking that box once will add a star. Clicking it a second time will "undo" your previous action to give it a star. … [Read more...]

Evangelical Leaders Echo Obama, say U.S. not a Christian Nation

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The Tapescrew Letters

What follows is a cautionary bit of fiction, inspired by C.S. Lewis's fiction The Screwtape Letters, Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil, which are fantastically entertaining and often very insightful. I don't claim my mirror letters are as good as Lewis's, but they are offered in the same cautionary spirit. 9,000 words,This is adapted from the final bit of my book Believing Bullshit. I refer in places to specific mechanisms explained in the book, such as "I Just Know!" and Going … [Read more...]

LINKS: Dishonesty and Possible Craig-Lowder Debate

I just posted the following on my personal blog."How to Argue that Someone Lied""Craig-Lowder Debate?" … [Read more...]

(ex-apologist) A Euthyphro to Craig’s Argument Against Atheist Significance, Meaning, and Purpose

LINKI noticed this argument and found it worth sharing: 1. Either (a) the purposes God sets for our lives are significant because God wills them, or (b) God wills them because they're significant.2. If (a), then what counts as a significant life is arbitrary.3. If (b), then what counts as a significant life is independent of God---------------4. Therefore, what counts as a significant life is either arbitrary or independent of God. … [Read more...]

Chris Hallquist vs. William Lane Craig on Dishonesty: Part 2

Now that Chris Hallquist has accepted my summary of his allegations about William Lane Craig's honesty, I want to review each allegation in detail to determine if it is justified.In order to maximize the readability of this post, I'm going to repeat a lot of what I wrote in the last post but add my assessment where appropriate. For each alleged example, my old comments will appear in a section or paragraph marked as "Background." This will then be followed by a section or paragraph marked, … [Read more...]

Advice to Christians Who Want to Dialogue with Atheists: Don’t Use the Word “Faith”

There are times where two people speak the same language, use the same words, and mean very different things by the same words. In conversations between Christians and atheists, "faith" is one such word. For many atheists, the word "faith" means, by default, belief without evidence or even belief against the evidence. In contrast, I doubt many Christians would accept that definition. For example, according to the NIV translation, Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for … [Read more...]

Did William Lane Craig Confuse “Pornographic” with “Profane”?

In an earlier post, I reported that William Lane Craig had written that Internet Infidels sites "are literally pornographic (evil writing)."I have to confess that when I first read this, I scratched my head. I thought to myself, "Does the word 'pornographic' have some secondary meaning I hadn't run across before?" It appears the answer is "no." Here is the definition of "pornographic" from Dictionary.com. pornographic por·nog·ra·phy noun obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, es … [Read more...]