The handy dandy guide to converting me

Thanks to all the theists who spoke up on last week's post and told what evidence might convince them that their religion was false.  As promised, this week's challenge takes the opposite tack, asking what could convince atheists that a particular religion was true.  As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu. --- While kneeling in the pew at Mass one week, I tried to imagine what I w … [Read more...]

“It would be like believing in the postman”

For an explanation of what Weatherwax Wednesdays are all about, read the introduction post.This week's Weatherwax quote is from Witches Abroad (a book I heartily recommend to everyone, but especially to the literary theorists who unexpectedly took over last week's post on evolutionary psychology).  This week's quote occurs in Pratchett's voice as narrator. Most witches don't believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don't b … [Read more...]

The anthropomorphization of God

Everyone in the DC area should be booking tickets asap to see New Jerusalem at Theatre J (major hat tip to Eve Tushnet).  David Ives has done a magnificant job dramatizing Baruch de Spinoza's trial for heresy in his own synagogue.  I'll be writing more about it soon, but don't wait on me to get your tickets now.  (I recommend buying seats in the bench section, which puts you onstage for the trial).In the play Spinoza questions assumptions about the nature of God, and accuses the members of hi … [Read more...]

Debate with Justin Martyr: Opening Statement

This post is part of a debate with Justin of The Faith Heuristic. The topic is: The Evidence Supports the Existence of a God. The debate is structured as follows:Justin - Opening Statement Leah - Rebuttal --part 1 --part 2 Justin - Rejoinder --part 1 --part 2 Leah - Opening Statement Justin - Rebuttal Leah - RejoinderJustin has maintained that the terms of this debate do not require him to defend the idea of the Christian god or, indeed, any particular deity. His … [Read more...]


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