June 25, 2020

The title is borrowed from a book by Dr. David M. Brooks, a psychologist. It was published in 1933, three years before I was born, so, like me, it’s pretty damn old. But also like me (ahem) it has some thoughts that, in my opinion, are worth sharing. It’s a short book, 230 pages, but it takes religious belief, and the organizations who promote it, apart and examines each little bit with a critical eye. From the opening chapter titled… Read more

June 25, 2020

One thing that Trump has traditionally had going for him, support-wise, is white, evangelical voters. This is, on the one hand, surprising, given their highly moralistic outlook and Trump’s reprehensible behaviour and general attitude. On the other hand, this is not surprising because it shows what a thin veneer of morality that they have. I have documented this variously before. Trump and Evangelical Christianity Trump on Dumping VP Pence, but Needing the Evangelicals Oh My God, Trump! (And How Evangelicals… Read more

June 24, 2020

Towards the end of my book on the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?: Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument [UK]), I set out to succinctly list the issues I find in the three-line syllogism: Let me, for ease of reference, lay out my main points of the book so far in a concise manner: The Form the first premise is inductive and thus the argument can only be as strong as its inductive premise Premise… Read more

June 22, 2020

Alex O’Connor is a bit of a star in the atheist world right now, with a huge internet following, getting invited to conferences and getting huge names to discussions, from Richard Dawkins to, now, William Lane Craig. So here he is talking to William Lane Craig. And I am sure as hell O’Connor has read my book on the Kalam because he uses my conceptual nominalistic analogies of chairs and species. About three-quarters of the way through, he uses my… Read more

June 22, 2020

As I stated in order to introduce the Argument from Reason in my first post in this series (concerning doxastic voluntarism): CS Lewis fashioned the Argument from Reason and it has since been taken on by Christian philosophers and apologists such as Alvin Plantinga (in the form of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism – EAAN) and Victor Reppert. For a bit of background reading, it is well worth grabbing John Beversluis’s excellent C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (UK). It is… Read more

June 19, 2020

Dear Mr. President, Thank you for your well-meaning attempt to lighten these dark days with a bit of the humor for which you are so famous. Unfortunately, some of us did not get the joke in your suggestion about ingesting toxic cleaning fluids to treat the virus, and a few of us ended up in the hospital. In the future may we suggest that a wink or a slight smile could serve to prevent such misunderstanding? Thanks again for all… Read more

June 19, 2020

This is a random Friday post about a band that I got into as a teenager but with a very veneer sort of understanding. I got the angst and anger. Sort of. But not really. Listening now, I get. My, do I get it. Perhaps you will only dig this if you were a teenager in the 90s. Hey ho. The best part of Rage Against The Machine is that their lyrics are always relevant. The saddest thing about Rage… Read more

June 19, 2020

The Trump administration has been urging, even threatening, governors to re-open their states, and get people back to work. Trump has said repeatedly that the crisis is past, and that states need to re-open. But the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been warning Americans about the risk of further spread of the virus. He defended the stay-at-home orders as having saved “millions of lives,” and drew attention to anti-science bias and the disproportionate impact the virus… Read more

June 19, 2020

I thought I would never be a supporter of John Bolton, but this is too good to pass up. Bolton has written a book…a memoir…of his time as Trump’s National Security Advisor. Preliminary reviews of the book make it clear that Bolton thinks Trump is an idiot. Trump and his gang have come down hard on Bolton, The attacks from Trump come at the same time as his administration is fighting in court to halt the release of the book,… Read more

June 18, 2020

God moves in mysterious ways. I’ve spoken to you previously about being at the place where a lot of atheist philosophers and thinkers often get to: where you think that the arguments concerning God are so obvious and so resoundingly conclusive that you kind of lose the impetus. You wonder why so many people still persist with this and then realise that the whole enterprise is dependent upon psychology and social machinations. I look at the world around me, at the… Read more

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