A KEY PASSAGE FROM PART 2 OF THIS SERIES: It appears to me that just as Chapter 5 is the heart of the book, and that the 10 Reasons are the heart of Chapter 5, so also I believe that Reason #9 (which concerns opposition to “faith-based claims”) for ending philosophy of religion is at … Unapologetic Review – Part 9: Analysis of Reason #9
“Communication is Hard” My wife is a very intelligent woman. I enjoy discussing religion, politics, and philosophy with her. When I lay out an argument, either for my own viewpoint or (as the devil’s advocate) for some alternative viewpoint, she almost always raises one or two sharp objections to the argument. She is also a … Unapologetic Review – Part 4: More Effort Required
I cannot recommend the book Unapologetic by John Loftus, because I have not carefully read the whole book yet. But I have read Chapter 5, which I take to be the heart of the book, and I can recommend reading Chapter 5 of Unapologetic. It is an interesting, informative, and thought-provoking chapter about the philosophy … Unapologetic Review – Part 3: The Main Argument
A couple of the comments on my previous post (see Unapologetic Review – Part 1) were critical about my provision of details about the general physical characteristics of John Loftus’ new book Unapologetic. The commenters did not explain WHY this was objectionable, but I suspect it is a matter of childish impatience on the part … Unapologetic Review – Part 2: The Heart of the Book
Evangelical Christians buy T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim this slogan: Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ. http://www.christianapparelshop.com/p-526-christianity-is-not-a-religion-christian-t-shirt.aspx? The problem with this slogan is that a relationship is NOT the sort of thing that can be true (or false): 1. If Christianity is a relationship, then Christianity is true … What is Christianity? Part 6
One objection to my cognitivist view of religion and Christianity is this popular little bit of stupidity: “Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.” I have three initial responses to this statement: (1) read your freaking bible, (2) read your freaking dictionary, and (3) use your freaking brain. 1. READ … What is Christianity? 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
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?