On Generalizing about the Other Side’s Dishonesty and Ignorance

Randal Rauser and Chriss Halquist have been exchanging a series of posts about the alleged dishonesty and igorance of apologists. (See Randal's latest post here.) If Randal's post is an accurate summary of the exchange with Hallquist--and I have no reason to doubt that it is--then my technical judgment of this exchange can be summed up in one word: "ouch." With all due respect to Christ, Randal's post seems to be a very solid critique. So What? Why This Matters The … [Read more...]

Do Christians have more to lose?

In a recent blog post, Randal Rauser wonders about the prospects that atheists (or anyone, really) are “simply after the truth”. He begins by noting that many Christians (such as the popular Christian apologist Lee Strobel), assume that atheists reject God in order to give license to their poor behavior. He’s not sold on this view, but he’s also skeptical of the alternative position that atheists are on a dispassionate quest for truth. He points to academia (well, a subset - … [Read more...]

Parsons is Mean

Someone named Randal Rauser thinks I am being mean to fundamentalists: http://randalrauser.com/2013/06/laughing-at-fundamentalists-lessons-from-john-loftus-and-keith-parsons/ I am. I ain't a Christian. I don't turn the other cheek or love my enemies or pray for those that say mean things about atheists. What justifies ridicule? The ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed. Well, we should spare the innocent ridiculousness of those who cannot help it--the genuinely, pathetically dimwitted or … [Read more...]

My Guest Post on Randal Rauser’s Blog

In case you don't already follow Randal Rauser's blog, The Tentative Apologist, he has been posting a series of guest posts by prominent atheists on his blog about "why they don't believe." Rauser just posted my short essay, for which I am truly grateful. Rauser offered a few comments on my short essay. I, in turn, would like to offer a few short comments of my own. “He [Draper] taught me that, if I want to be a philosopher of religion and not an apologist” However, I’m not … [Read more...]