Debate with Justin Martyr [Index Post]

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In June of 2010, I had a debate with Justin Martyr of the now defunct blog The Faith Heuristic on the topic "R: The Evidence Supports the Existence of God."  Unfortunately Justin has taken down his blog in the interim, so his parts of the debate are lost to the winds of the internet.  I've collected my posts below, and I think you can still piece together most of the arguments.Rebuttal to Justin (Part 1) - Justin began the debate with Kalam's Cosmological Argument and I reply by talking a … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Guestblogging [Index Post]

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In May of 2011, I did a stint guestblogging at Daylight Atheism, while Adam Lee went on vacation.  The individual posts are listed below, and you can browse all of them hereThe Rapture of Charlie Sheen - As Howard Camping's predicted rapture approached, atheists made sport of his delusion.  Is there any point where a belief so obviously false that mocking its adherents is abusive?  At what point is a false belief and resistance to reason indistinguishable from mental incompetence? Whom Sho … [Read more...]

Debating Gay Marriage [Index Post]

There's a controversy brewing at my alma mater.  As the kickoff to True Love Week (meant to contrast with the concurrently running Sex Week at Yale), organizers invited Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College to speak on "The Person as a Gift."  A few days before the keynote, IvyGate publicized Esolen's fervent writings about the destructive power of gay marriage.  Activists on campus organized a kiss-in and then marched out of Esolen's talk.I disapprove of demonstrations that inter … [Read more...]

Feser’s The Last Superstition [Index Post]

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I ran into a Dominican at an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences event in DC, and now I'm reading and arguing about Edward Feser's The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the Last Atheism with him and another brother at the priory.This seems like a nice opportunity to explore the 'non-nihilistic metaphysics logically require theism and probably Christianity' pitch that I've gotten from plenty of Christians and more than a few atheists.  Hopefully the discussion will put me in … [Read more...]

Ex-Gays and Debating Mores (Index Post)

On April 1st, 2011, it turned out that the advertised visit from an ex-gay, Protestant minister was no prank.  When he came to campus, controversy erupted, even though the substance of his arguments was not as offensive as I had feared.  His talk seemed like as good a lens as any to talk a little about sexual ethics and debating strategies (though, so far, not in the same post).  Both are topics I like opinionating about, so here goes: Get Up to Speed on Yale's Ex-Gay Preacher - A q … [Read more...]

Defining Atheism, Defining Sacrilege (Series Index)

Prompted by a post by atheist blogger and agent provocateur P.Z. Myers, I started a conversation on this blog about the appropriate definition of atheism.  Since the conversation had started with P.Z. Myers, sooner or later it wound around to his public desecration of a consecrated wafer in 2008.I still think his actions were immoral and highly inappropriate, but many of the atheist commenters here disagreed.  You can read through all posts on this topic below, and be sure to pay special a … [Read more...]

An Attraction to Orthodoxy (Series)

As part of my Sunday's Good Book series, I posted about G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy and explained that there was a lot that I found compelling and challenging about his philosophy.  Since that's a sorta weird thing for an atheist to say, discussion ensued and is ongoing.  Here's all the posts on this topic to date: I Assign You Reading! - As a prelude to my discussion of Chesterton, I highlighted an essay by Eve Tushnet about when, if ever, people should let their ethics refute t … [Read more...]


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