Matthew Ferguson on Jack Ritchie on Understanding Naturalism
Genuine Inquiry vs. Partisan Advocacy: Philosophy of Religion vs. Apologetics
Yesterday I blogged about a “recommended apologetics reading” list created by Western Michigan University philosopher Tim McGrew. After several cordial exchanges with Tim, I’ve decided that, despite my best attempts to be charitable, I failed. Contrary to what I had suggested, Tim stated, “I certainly would not recommend that anyone with a serious interest in the truth of … Genuine Inquiry vs. Partisan Advocacy: Philosophy of Religion vs. Apologetics
Does “Science” Make Theism Likelier than Atheism?
Victor Reppert recently linked to an article on the blog Saints and Sceptics (S&S), “Why Science Makes Theism Likelier than Atheism.” In this blog post, I’m going to critically assess that article. 1. What is the Evidence to be Explained? S&S begin their article as follows: Should we view the order of the universe, and our ability … Does “Science” Make Theism Likelier than Atheism?
Video of Lowder’s Debate with Frank Turek on Naturalism vs. Theism
Topic: “What Better Explains Reality? Naturalism or Theism”Link: https://youtu.be/ENZYEPpR2Jc Links to Specific Elements of Debate: Moderator’s Introduction: https://youtu.be/ENZYEPpR2Jc Lowder’s Opening Statement (20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=02m23s Turek’s Opening Statement (20 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=20m55s Lowder’s First Rebuttal (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=44m55s Turek’s First Rebuttal (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=55m38s Lowder’s Cross-Examination of Turek (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=66m27s Turek’s Cross-Examination of Lowder (10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=77m37s Audience Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=90m30s Lowder’s Closing Statement (5 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZYEPpR2Jc#t=121m09s … Video of Lowder’s Debate with Frank Turek on Naturalism vs. Theism
The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics
My latest video, “The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics: The Things Apologists Falsely Say Depend on God, But, if God Exists, God Depends on Them,” is now available on YouTube. It is a narration of some of the many hundreds of PowerPoint slides I created in preparation for my recent debate with Frank Turek on naturalism vs. … The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics
25 Lines of Evidence Against Theism
Refutation of Anna Marie Perez Previous | Index | Next First Paragraph Here is Perez’s first paragraph: Atheism is a religion. Atheists act like Dracula confronting a cross when faced with the fact that their beliefs rely solely on faith. They hate the word faith, even though it’s all they’ve got. They try to make … 25 Lines of Evidence Against Theism
What is Atheism? – Part 2
Levels of Analysis I’m going to make a second attempt to clarify and define the word “atheism”. This time, I will emphasize that the analysis and definitions exist at different levels. Swinburne’s clarification and analysis of “God exists” makes use of different levels of definition or analysis: Level 0: “God exists.” Level 1: God exists … What is Atheism? – Part 2
What is Atheism?
I know this is a well-worn topic, but I think it is worth hashing over this old question one more time. First, some obvious points that many ignorant, bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging bigots are unable to grasp: 1. ATHEISM is not the same as MATERIALISM (not all atheists are materialists). 2. ATHEISM is not the same as … What is Atheism?
LINK: New Essay by Galen Strawson: “Real Naturalism”
“I’m a naturalist, an out-and-out naturalist, a philosophical or metaphysical naturalist, a naturalist about concrete reality. I don’t think anything supernatural or otherwise non-natural exists. One can’t classify anything as supernatural or non-natural until one has a substantive conception of the natural relative to which something can be classified as non-natural. I do have one. I take it that reality—by which … LINK: New Essay by Galen Strawson: “Real Naturalism”
Link: “Humanism, Moral Relativism, and Ethical Objectivity” by John Shook