Thinking Critically About: “Is Christianity True?” Podcast 1

 This is my first attempt at a podcast.Here is the script of the podcast, in a PowerPoint that has been converted to a PDF: Podcast 1 … [Read more...]

Announcing New Blog: “Opposing Trump”

I'm going to be spending less time blogging about the philosophy of religion in order to spend more time blogging about President Trump.Since one can be a consistent atheist and a Republican--see, e.g., Robert Price--I am not going to mix anti-Trump politics with the atheistic focus of the Secular Outpost. Instead, I have decided to create a new blog which I am calling Opposing Trump, a new team blog which will feature writers from a broad spectrum of viewpoints, from atheist to Christian a … [Read more...]

A Qualified Defense of Contempt

I was pleasantly surprised to see an op/ed by a professional philosopher in Sunday’s (1/29) Houston Chronicle. Karen Stohr’s essay “Our new age of contempt is on full display,” was first published in the New York Times. Stohr is an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown and a senior research scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Center for Ethics. Professional philosophers, like other academics, tend to communicate eagerly with their peers, less eagerly with students, and less eagerly still wi … [Read more...]

J.L. Schellenberg’s Wisdom to Doubt, Chapter One: The Subject Mode

This is the first in a planned series of blog posts reviewing J.L. Schellenberg's important book, The Wisdom to Doubt.The first chapter of Schellenberg's book is valuable to anyone who wants to think clearly about unrecognized evidence, including the implications of unrecognized evidence for arguments from silence and cumulative case arguments. See why. … [Read more...]

LINK: My Guest Post at Randal Rauser’s Blog

UPDATED: Part 2 is now available.Randal Rauser was kind enough to allow me to write a guest post for his blog. The post is about the consequences of skeptical theism and is going to be published in two parts. The first part is available now, the second will be available in a couple of days.Here is Part 1And Part 2I know that he is frequently the recipient of this kind of praise, but it bears repeating: Randal is to be admired for seeking out and interacting with people who hol … [Read more...]

Chad Gross’s Review of my Debate with Frank Turek

Chad Gross at Truthbomb Apologetics has written a fair, open-minded review of my debate with Frank Turek: "Lowder's debate style is very similar to that of William Lane Craig. He begins with the contentions he intends to defend and then supports them with his arguments. This should be modeled by all those who desire to debate successfully.... It was obvious, especially in the case of Lowder, that the debaters were familiar with their opponent’s position and written work.... Lowder majored on con … [Read more...]

If Jesus had been a Republican…

It seems like a good time to re-post and update this.If Jesus had been a Republican...He would have said:“Render unto Caesar. And if thou catchest an illegal immigrant, render him also, yea, limb from limb.”“Blessed are the rich, who are the ones who REALLY inherit the earth.”“Love thy neighbor, unless he criticizeth thee. Then shouldst thou treat him scurrilously, yea, even unto mocking his disability.”“Woe unto ye parasites who work in the public sector—ye instructors of … [Read more...]

Science and Religion: Four Models

I recently spoke at Christ the King Lutheran Church near the Rice University Campus. The topic was “Science and Religion.” This, of course, is a very big topic. How to deal with it in a single short presentation? I think the first thing to do is to some models for simplifying the multifarious complexities here. Also, by “religion” I will mean “monotheistic religion.” I offer the following four models:1) Warfare: This is the view given classic expression by T.H. Huxley (paraphrasing): “Extingu … [Read more...]