Why not a Fast from Religion?

I notice that Ramadan begins next Thursday. This, of course, is the month that Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. I am not sure that it is good for your health to abstain from water if you are working outside in 110 degree temperatures, as are common in many parts of the Middle East this time of year. Yet the faithful say that it is good for their spiritual health. Other religions also have seasons for fasting and self-denial; the Catholics have Lent, for instance. Many … [Read more...]

Jesus: True Prophet or False Prophet? – Part 1

In his book The Resurrection of God Incarnate, Richard Swinburne argues that the case for the resurrection of Jesus must include three major components:I. General Background Evidence - evidence for and against the existence of God, and evidence about whether and why God would be likely to perform a miracle, especially raising someone from the dead.II. Prior Historical Evidence - evidence for or against claims that Jesus had certain characteristics, characteristics which based on the p … [Read more...]

William Rowe’s Fawn

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I spotted this fawn this morning while walking my dog. Judging by the size and the wet fur on the top of the head, I'd guess it was born in the last day. It's bigger than my cats but smaller than my dog.The mother was nowhere to be seen, presumably off foraging for food. Hopefully she returns soon so that William Rowe doesn't have a new instance of his evidential argument from evil. … [Read more...]

LINK: The Jones-Parsons-Martin Exchange (1991)

Douglas Jones opens the interchange by sketching the argument for the Christian critique of non-Christian thought. Douglas Jones, an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, is the editor of Antithesis and a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. Keith Parsons offers the first of two atheistic responses to Jones's essay. Keith Parsons, Ph.D., (Queen's University, Ontario, Canada) is the founder of Georgia Skeptics and teaches philosophy at Berry C … [Read more...]

Link: Russell Blackford on Charity to Those We Oppose

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Christianity: An Angel with a Dirty Face?

This is a greatly belated review of Paul Johnson’s A History of Christianity (New York: Athenum, 1977), 556 pp. I have had this book in my possession for nearly forty years, but have only read it through recently. As a representative of what we might call “scholarly popular history,” it is virtually unsurpassed, belonging in the same category as Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, and Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Such works are written for the entertainment and instruction of no … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Part 7

It is one thing to make a solid case for the claim "Jesus rose from the dead." (JRD), and another thing entirely to make a solid case for the claim "God raised Jesus from the dead." (GRJ).  Showing that (JRD) is true, would not, by itself, show that (GRJ) is true.  The resurrection could have been produced by natural causes, and if there really are supernatural beings (like God), then there might well be MANY (even millions or billions) of supernatural beings (angels, demons, ghosts, spirits, go … [Read more...]

Yahweh vs. Thor

On my Twitter timeline, I saw the following:“Atheism does not require certainty. But we can be as certain the Christian god does not exist as Christians are that Thor does not exist.”If I were to reword the tweet, albeit in a way that is too long for twitter, I would have offered something like this:"Atheism, when defined as the belief that God does not exist, does not require certainty. Rather, like any other belief, people can hold this belief with varyingdegrees of belief. The … [Read more...]


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