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For the past two years I have, in my copious free time, been studying Richard Swinburne’s case for God. Recently my focus has been on his evaluation of the cosmological argument (hereafter TCA) in his book The Existence of God, 2nd edition (hereafter EOG). His version of TCA is quite simple:e: A complex physical universe exists.Thereforeg: God exists.But Swinburne’s argument about TCA is not so simple. Swinburne does not present TCA as a proof of the existence of God, nor… Read more

I am what William Rowe calls a “friendly atheist.” I respect many Christian philosophers and other theistic philosophers. I do not believe they are irrational or suffer from a mental disorder, as some “unfriendly atheists” have claimed.Similarly, I know Christian philosophers who I happily describe as “friendly theists;” I’ve always enjoyed my interactions with them. Other theists, on the other hand, may be described as “unfriendly theists.” For example, some theists seem to believe–almost as a matter of doctrine–that all… Read more

At http://www.uncg.edu/~nphuntbu/lectures.html (site now discontinued), I found a set of lecture notes entitled “Why religion is irrelevant to ethics”. Here is a quotation I particularly liked: Why are members of the clergy (who presumably are experts in the theology of their particular sect) assumed to be experts in ethics? Why put them on ethics ommissions rather than taxi drivers or literature professors?This issue obviously boils down to presuppositions. If you assume a priori that a member of the clergy is… Read more

(This is an old post from my archives, originally written around 2006.)I was watching the video of Craig’s old debate with Henry Morgentaler, and the altar call at the end of his first rebuttal struck me. Craig invited Morgentaler to become a Christian. This isn’t the first time he’s done this; he did the same thing to Paul Kurtz when they debated.This led me to ask half-seriously, “What if Craig’s opponent did the same thing to him?” For example, in the… Read more

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

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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

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