Hey, Hallquist, want to give me a one-sentence long early Christmas present?

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Yesterday, I wrote a little response to Chris Hallquist's open call for comments on his book draft.  Turns out I had misunderstood how big a claim Chris was making, which he helpfully clarified in a comment, and I'm sure the finished work will help prevent people from making my mistake.  I only had two other issues worth commenting on with the chapter, one that's picayune, and one that's probably beyond the scope of what Hallquist is trying to do in this chapter.  First things first:Chris men … [Read more...]

I see your trilemma, and raise you a tetralemma!

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Over at Cross Examined, Bob Seidensticker has an objection to C.S. Lewis's Trilemma, and John E_o raised the same question over here.  Bob says, why stay stuck in Lewis's framework that Jesus Christ must be either a lunatic, a liar, or the Lord of all Creation?  Can't we just pick 'legend?' We have no problem with wisdom taken from the Koran or the story of Gilgamesh or the Upanishads or any other book of religion or mythology despite its being wrong about the supernatural stuff. Assuming that t … [Read more...]

For C.S. Lewis, Deo Gratias!

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Patheos invited religious bloggers to share stories about people we're thankful for who've supported us in our faith.  Technically, they asked us to do this for Thanksgiving, but as I was late to the faith, it's thematically appropriate that I be late to the prompt as well.I turned out to be embarrassingly easy to snare.When I was coming out of Commons (the big dining hall on campus), Yale Students for Christ were tabling outside, and they'd put up a sign reading FREE BOOKS.  I was ov … [Read more...]

Why Won’t You Argue What I Know You Believe?

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Yvain has been reading Feser's The Last Superstition, and he has an excellent gloss of one of Feser's main points: Feser's argument is that most atheists arguing with Christians are pretty much the equivalent of a Calvinist going up to a Hindu saying "Look! John Calvin's writings totally oppose abortion! Why can't you see that?!".And then when the Hindu isn't convinced, the Calvinist gets angry and says "Any reasonable person could see that John Calvin opposes abortion. Therefore, you must … [Read more...]

Catholic Radio Show Seeking Atheist Callers Tonight

Just saw this announcement on Facebook, and I thought some of you might want a heads-up. Tell all your atheists friends they have 2 hours of Catholic Answers Live just for them tonight. Here is a message from host Patrick Coffin:Are you an atheist? How solid is your atheism? Wanna go on live radio to defend your atheist beliefs? Today on Catholic Answers Live, I'm interviewing Catholic apologist Trent Horn in Hour One, and physicist Robert Spitzer, SJ, president of the Magis Institute for … [Read more...]

Welcome Camels with Hammers to Patheos!

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Patheos has added Camels with Hammers, written by philosophy professor Daniel Finke to the Atheist channel.  Here's a snippet of his intro post: I am like Nietzsche’s camel. While I am many miles away from morally perfect, I have been a generally conscientious person since I was a child and was devoutly, zealously, evangelically, self-sacrificially, and mildly puritanically religious until I was 21. And I am open to certain interpretations of my personality that see it as still fundamentally re … [Read more...]

I Never Promised You an Ecstasy Garden

Since we've been discussing some Mormon perspectives on conversion and personal revelation, I've got the perfect excuse to link to Daniel Siliman's essay on Catholic conversion stories.  It's very much a RTWT, but I'll post an excerpt to whet your appetite. (Ok, it's a long excerpt. I got carried away.) My sense is, too, that while there're certainly historic examples of Catholic conversion narratives, that this widespread popularity -- that conversion narratives as a common Catholic practice … [Read more...]


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