Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 24

In Joseph "Rick" Reinckens's webpage A Lawyer Examines the Swoon Theory we get a short snippet from Origen that allegedly confirms a Roman practice of stabbing victims of crucifixion with a spear: In his Commentary on Matthew, Origen, one of the early Church Fathers, says the lance thrust to Jesus was administered "according to Roman custom, below the armpit."  (See Humber, Thomas.  The Sacred Shroud. New York, Pocket Books, 1977) In my last post on this … [Read more...]

“Alvin Plantinga on Paul Draper’s evolutionary atheology: implications of theism’s noncontingency” (DOI) 10.1007/s11153-012-9361-6

My article with the above name will appear in an upcoming issue of The International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, and has just been made available online to anyone with access to an institution with a SpringerLink license.  Here is the abstract taken from SpringerLink ( his recently published Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, & Naturalism 2011 Alvin Plantinga criticises Paul Draper’s evolutionary argument a … [Read more...]

The Poverty of Theistic Morality

In an effort to increase visibility of an article that has been largely ignored by theists, I thought it would be interesting to discuss what Adolf Grünbaum has to say about the theistic implications of morality in his excellent essay, "The Poverty of Theistic Morality." He writes:One vital lesson of that analysis will be that, contrary to the widespread claims of moral asymmetry between theism and atheism, neither theism nor atheism as such permit the logical deduction of any judgments of moral … [Read more...]

Victor Reppert on Atheist Responses to Moral Arguments

Commenting on how atheists have responded to William Lane Craig's moral argument, Victor Reppert writes this.Yet, when I hear atheists talking about moral arguments, they always assume that the advocate of the moral argument is saying that we have to believe in God to lead moral lives, (and indignantly argue that we don't have to believe in God to lead moral lives) in spite of the fact that Christian advocates of moral arguments, at least the ones I am familiar with NEVER say … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, the Pope of Seattle says Get on the Bus or I will Drive the Bus Over You

I informally debated Mark Driscoll (and Lief Moi) when they were co-hosts of a Seattle-based Christian talk radio show in the '90s. So it was interesting to read what Bruce Gerencser had to say about Driscoll, who he calls "the Pope of Seattle."LINK (Warning: off-color word use) … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s Critique of Bart Ehrman on the Probability of Miracles

As the saying goes, I have to "call 'em as I see 'em."I just read, for the first time, the transcript of William Lane Craig's debate with Bart Ehrman. I read, with great interest, Craig's first rebuttal, where he makes extensive use of Bayes's Theorem (BT) to critique two of Ehrman's statements. Those two statements were:(1) “Because historians can only establish what probably happened, and a miracle of this nature is highly improbable, the historian cannot say it probably … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 2: Is ECREE False? A Reply to William Lane Craig

In my last post, I offered a Bayesian interpretation of the principle, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE). William Lane Craig, however, disagrees with ECREE. In a response to philosopher Stephen Law, Craig wrote this.This sounds so commonsensical, doesn’t it? But in fact it is demonstrably false. Probability theorists studying what sort of evidence it would take to establish a highly improbable event came to realize that if you just weigh the improbability of the e … [Read more...]

LINK: Colin McGinn on Atheism

The Spring 2012 issue of Theoretical and Applied Ethics contains a symposium on Ethics, Atheism, and Religion.  The lead essay is by Colin McGinn and is followed by responses from Edward Feser, Steve Fuller, Ted Peters, and Robert Sinclair.  All the essays can be read online, so go take a look.HT: Edward Feser … [Read more...]