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...]

ex-apologist: A Quick Euthyphro Dilemma Reply to Craig’s Argument Against Atheistic Meaning and Purpose

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Chris Hallquist vs. William Lane Craig on Dishonesty: Part 1

Christopher Hallquist recently finished a series of blog posts about William Lane Craig. In addition to providing objections to Craig's various arguments, Hallquist also accuses Craig of dishonesty in his work. In this post, I want to review Hallquist's evidence for that accusation and figure out if the accusation is justified.Here is an outline of my basic plan.Review the definitions of honest, honesty, dishonesty, misrepresent, lie.Summarize Hallquist's allegations of dishonesty.Assess … [Read more...]

Jehovah is a Sexist – Part 3

What is sexism?  What is a sexist?  These questions have been around for quite some time now, so there are, no doubt, some well-thought-out answers to these questions.  But before I consult experts on conceptual issues, I like to do a bit of thinking for myself.The first thing that occurs to me is that sexism is similar to racism, and that both phenomena occur in different kinds and various degrees.  I'm going to think out loud about racism for a bit, and then see whether my … [Read more...]

Two Old Posts about the Sensus Divinitatis

"Theism and the Genetic Fallacy, Part II" by Keith ParsonsParsons turns the tables on Alvin Plantinga and argues that the non-existence of a sensus divinitatis is evidence for the non-existence of God. "An Empirical Test of the Existence of Sensus Divintatus in Atheists" by Jim LippardIf there is really an innate universal belief in God--or a natural direct perception of God, a sensus divinitatis, a mental faculty that allows direct basic knowledge of God's existence--it seems to me that we … [Read more...]

Definition of Friendly Atheist

This is a quick post about the definition of "friendly atheist."Purdue University Emeritus Professor of Philosophy William Rowe famously coined the terms, "friendly atheist," "indifferent atheist," and "unfriendly atheist."[1] What did he mean by these terms?unfriendly atheist: an atheist who believes no one is justified in believing that the theistic God existsindifferent atheist: an atheist who holds no belief concerning whether any theist is or is not rationally justified in believing that … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: Schellenberg’s New Paper on the Logical Problem of Evil

ex-apologist: Schellenberg's New Paper on the Logical Problem of Evil:Schellenberg, J.L.  "A New Logical Problem of Evil", in McBrayer, Justin & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), Companion to the Problem of Evil (Blackwell, forthcoming). … [Read more...]