When Bad Christians Happen to Good People

I chuckled when I stumbled upon a book with this name: “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People : Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage” by Dave Burchett Read more

LINK: Stairs on Parsons on Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology

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LINK: A Bayesian Analysis of the Cumulative Effects of Independent Eyewitness Testimony for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

I just discovered this essay by John DePoe which defends a Bayesian technique to measure the cumulative effect of independent eyewitness testimony for the Resurrection. Check it out: http://www.johndepoe.com/Resurrection.pdf I think this article could be of interest to anyone interested in Bayesian approaches to evidence for or against God’s existence, not just people interested in Christian apologetics, since the approach in this article is (might be?) applied outside of Christian apologetics. Also, the author addresses popular strategies used by naturalists in… Read more

The Scale of the Universe as Evidence for Naturalism?

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Does God Exist? A Debate between Eddie Tabash and Peter Payne

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Stephen Law’s Opening Statement In Debate with William Lane Craig

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LINK: Study on Religious Belief Systems of Persons with High Functioning Autism

Catherine Caldwell-Harris and Patrick McNamara have published a very intriguing study in the cognitive science of religion entitled, “Religious Belief Systems of Persons with High Functioning Autism.” Here is the abstract:The cognitive science of religion is a new field which explains religious belief as emerging from normal cognitive processes such as inferring others’ mental states, agency detection and imposing patterns on noise. This paper investigates the proposal that individual differences in belief will reflect cognitive processing styles, with high functioning… Read more

Further Evidence of the Lack of Civil Discourse: This Time a Theistic Example

Apparently there’s a new anti-atheist book out called The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians by Don Boys. To say that this book is an example of “unfriendly theism” appears to be a massive understatement.I always chuckle when a complete stranger tells me that I hate God, as if I could hate something I don’t think exists. (A related idea is that atheists are “threatened by God” — see… Read more

Interesting Story about Secular Student Alliance High School Group

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LINK: Anthony Aguirre on the Multiverse Hypothesis

Anthony Aguirre is a physicist at UC Santa Cruz. He wrote a paper in 1995 on the multiverse hypothesis. Here is the paper’s abstract:The notion that there are many “universes” with different properties is one answer to the question of “why is the universe so hospitable to life?” This notion also naturally follows from current ideas in eternal inflation and string/M theory. But how do we test such a “multiverse” theory: which of the many universes do we compare to… Read more

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