A key claim made by Christian apologists who defend the resurrection goes like this: (JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.This claim is either true or it is not. In posts 7 through 10 of this series, I have been examining the implications of the supposition that (JAW) is not true. This supposition appears to represent five different logical possibilities, as illustrated in the following diagram.JIM = Jesus is a myth.JA =… Read more

Dear Bleaders,I wrote a little essay on Christopher Hitchens and the meaning of life and death for the Ottawa Citizen called “For Atheists This Life is Enough.” Maybe have a look? Maybe tell me what you think.x Jennifer Read more

This is an interesting article that I find largely congenial:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/philip-clayton-phd/science-religion-religious-minimalism_b_1143257.htmlI do wonder what the authors mean by “humility,” which is an attitude they recommend for both believers and non-believers. Humility is a Christian virtue, and it has its positives and negatives. On the positive side, a dose of humility can be a fine corrective for some of the overweening arrogance on display, for instance, among the “self-made men” of Wall Street and corporate boardrooms. There is no such thing as… Read more

The incomparable Christopher Hitchens has died.I never met him, but I already miss him. Read more

Internet Infidels just published the following on The Secular Web: “The Presumption of Naturalism and the Probability of Miracles: A Reply to Keith Parsons” by Don McIntosh.Abstract:In Chapter Four of Science, Confirmation, and the Theistic Hypothesis, Keith Parsons defends the dictum that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence as part of a general critique of miracle claims which aims to defend naturalism as a rational operating philosophy against potential defeaters. In this defense of miracle claims Don McIntosh argues, first, that… Read more

As the end-of-the-year approaches, now is a great time to consider making a charitable donation to support the Internet Infidels and The Secular Web.Hundreds of scholarly authors and other writers have donated time and effort to make their insights freely available and easily accessible to all by publishing on the Secular Web. Behind the scenes, others have donated substantial amounts of time and effort peer reviewing article submissions to ensure that they represent the best scholarship available.Our virtual library is… Read more

A key claim made by Christian apologists who defend the resurrection goes like this: (JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.We are considering the implications of the following supposition:4. (JAW) is false.On this supposition, there are three logical possibilities:A. Jesus was not alive on the first Easter Sunday.B. Jesus was alive on the first Easter Sunday but did not walk at all that day.C. Jesus was alive on the first Easter Sunday… Read more

In chapter 4 of his book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins advances an argument for atheism he calls the “Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit,” in reference to Fred Hoyle’s famous comment about a Boeing 747 arising by chance in a junkyard.[26] Just as Hoyle’s argument appeals to the (alleged) improbability of evolution, Dawkins’s argument appeals to the (alleged) extreme improbability of God. Indeed, the title of chapter 4 is, “Why There Almost Certainly Is No God.” Dawkins is not a philosopher… Read more

Five years ago I wrote two satirical pieces: “How to Be a Christian Apologist” and “How to Be an Atheist Apologist.” I’m now inspired to write part 2.11. Corollary to #2: Assume that all atheist biblical scholars are credible because they have no agenda, but zero Christian biblical scholars are credible because they do have an agenda.12. Corollary to #4: Loudly proclaim that all moral arguments for God’s existence can be refuted by the Euthryphro dilemma, along with an appeal to… Read more

ex-apologist: Some Great Papers from Schellenberg Now Available OnlineThanks, Ex-Apologist, for pointing these out. Schellenberg really is one of the best philosophers of religion today. I think his work deserves much more publicity than it gets, especially among atheists. Read more

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