Reading Time: 6 minutes When people ask me why I left my faith, I always find myself spending the first part of the conversation discounting assumptions they bring about why this keeps happening to people they know. They usually reach for one of several non-rational causes: Somebody hurt you once You went to the wrong church You just want […]
Comments on Transworld Depravity
Reading Time: 6 minutes This is a post or two from a commenter “Ficino” here, this time taking aim at William Lane Craig and Alvin Plantinga’s reliance on the concept of transworld depravity. Over to him, with anything I say in square brackets: Since Wm. Lane Craig follows a version of Plantinga’s “transworld depravity” thesis, I post the following […]
The Free Will Defence: A Critique
Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is a short critique of the Free Will Defence as utilised by many theists to explain the existence of evil (the Problem of Evil). It is from Benjamin Watkins from Real Atheology – thanks for allowing me to post it here: The logical problem of evil argues that the existence of evil in the world […]
On the Argument from Reason: Evolution, Emergence & the Fallacy of Division
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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) […]
Stupid Arguments Christians Should Avoid #51: 3 Stupid Arguments from Alvin Plantinga (3 of 3)
Reading Time: 4 minutes Alvin Plantinga isn’t above making stupid arguments. Here, he tells us that beliefs sourced in evolution are as likely to be false as true.
Stupid Arguments Christians Should Avoid #51: 3 Stupid Arguments from Alvin Plantinga (2 of 3)
Reading Time: 3 minutes Alvin Plantinga isn’t above making stupid arguments. Here’s one about the moon that concludes with weak support for the God hypothesis.
Why This Common Response to the Problem of Hell is Ridiculous
Reading Time: 10 minutes Well gyarsh, Shaggy, the Christian god can’t provide anyone with 100% solid proof of his existence because then we wouldn’t be able to freely choose belief or non-belief. He’s so eager for us to love him for his own self that he can’t possibly take the chance of corrupting our natural inclinations…. Obviously this whole line of reasoning is ridiculous, but today I’ll show you exactly why–and how this argument completely backfires for Christians.
The Trendy New Christian Doubt
Reading Time: 10 minutes There’s a new way for Christians to engage with doubt: a defanged, controllable, tamed doubt that they can defeat. Sort of.
How Christian Apologists Teleport Across Lessing’s “Ugly, Broad Ditch”
Reading Time: 4 minutes A little thing like lack of evidence won’t stop Christian apologists from handwaving about why they’re justified in believing religious claims. Here’s how they get across Lessing’s Ditch.
Rebutting the “God is Simple” Argument
Reading Time: 2 minutes Apologists Alvin Plantinga and William Lane Craig argue that God is simple. Their argument isn’t holy but full of holes.