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William Lane Craig Misrepresents and Strawmans CA on His Podcast, Denying Science

Reading Time: 2 minutes William Lane Craig and his obsequious co-host recently slammed Counter-Apologist and his criticisms of Craig’s use of time and the Kalam, in his recent podcast. Craig takes chap potshots at CA and is pretty disingenuous. I have red a transcript of CA’s upcoming reply, and he is spot on.

Check this video out as it will give you some background.

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Randal Rauser has a pop at me

Reading Time: 6 minutes A few weeks back, theologian, author and blogger Randal Rauser had a pop at me. We have previously had a few cross-posts and whatnot, and even debated on US radio/Reasonable Doubts podcast on the subject of the Nativity, which can be found here. Luke, a theist who regularly comments here,, also comments at Rauser’s blog, and I got into a revived debate about libertarian free will and the Kalam.

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Your Weekly SIN

Reading Time: < 1 minute Paper.li is a cool way of disseminating information, blogs, articles and what have you. I have signed the Skeptic Ink Network up to a newspaper which comes out weekly, aggregating our posts, individual titter feeds and whatnot. Check it out, it’s cool! http://paper.li/f-1389344131   Please do SIN a massive favour by sharing this paper and […]

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Dennett, Harris and Free Will

Reading Time: 22 minutes Daniel Dennett has finally responded (it has been long-awaited) to Sam Harris’s short treatise Free Will. The review can be found at the Center for Naturalism, here. I am going to look at what Dennett says, and what Harris’s idea of free will is compared to Dennett. Essentially, whilst there is lots to like about what Dennett says, there is also much I disagree with.

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On Beauty

Reading Time: 2 minutes We had a Tippling Philosophers night the other night on beauty, and these are the quick notes I sent to someone who was unable to be there. Let me know what you think:

My belief is that:

Beauty is a word which all too often means “I like that”.

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Philosophy 101 (philpapers induced) #6: External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?

Reading Time: 5 minutes So having posted the Philpapers survey results, the biggest ever survey of philosophers conducted in 2009, several readers were not aware of it (the reason for re-communicating it) and were unsure as to what some of the questions were. I offered to do a series on them, so here it is – Philosophy 101 (Philpapers induced). I will go down the questions in order. I will explain the terms and the question, whilst also giving some context within the discipline of Philosophy of Religion.

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God is not fair; thus not omnibenevolent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some time back I posted an argument on mentalizing deficits with regard to God being unfair. This broadly stated that certain autistic type people who have an inability to empathise are less likely to believe in God, presumably because the intersubjectivity of empathy allows an agent to see the,selves from somebody else’s point of view. This means that they are less able to suppose what God would think about them whilst doing any given moral action, and such like. The abstract, to the paper looked at in the post, reads: