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Posted inArts

Hitchens’s Razor vs Bayes’s Theorem

Reading Time: 7 minutes John W. Loftus has just endorsed my forthcoming book on the Resurrection in the following manner: Hitchens’s Razor, not Bayes’s Theorem, is the proper tool to use against the “absolute baselessness” of the resurrection belief (per David F. Strauss, as quoted in this book). There’s no objective evidence for it. The testimonial evidence is abysmally […]

Posted inBooks, The Secular

John Loftus and the Whole Kit and Caboodle

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have to thank John Loftus (author, ex-minister and owner of the great Debunking Christianity blog) for giving me a leg up in the blogging world when, running a tiny independent version of the A Tippling Philosopher blog as I was, he allowed me to write for him there. From there, I was offered to help found the Skeptic Ink […]

Posted inUncategorized

The Resurrection: What We Do and Don’t Have

Reading Time: 4 minutes John Loftus’s The Case Against Miracles (UK) is looking like it should be a cracker of a book as an anthology of chapters from different authors presenting a very strong case against the notion of miracles. I am loving his own chapter on the Resurrection (“The Resurrection of Jesus Never Took Place”), for obvious reasons (many of […]

Posted inGeneral

The Case Against Miracles

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have a lot to thank John Loftus for. Not only did I used to blog at his Debunking Christianity site, but he also commissioned me to write a chapter in two of his books (I wrote one on morality and one on free will). John recently sent me his latest book and I hope […]

Posted inReligion

On the Argument from Divine Miscommunication

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Argument from Divine Miscommunication, as set out by people like John Loftus (for example, in Chapter 7 of The Christian Delusion, titled “The Problem of Divine Miscommunication”), is a glaringly obvious one. There is so much confusion between theists on what God is, what God means, and what God has communicated, that either God […]

Posted inUncategorized

Problem of Evil: Suffering as Necessary for Good

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Problem of Evil (why is there so much suffering in the world given an OmniGod?) is sometimes answered by theists that suffering has to exist so that people have a working knowledge of what bad or evil is in order to know what good is, or indeed that pleasure cannot exist without pain. This is […]

Posted inThe Secular

Real Deconversion Story #14 – Anthony Toohey

Reading Time: 13 minutes Here is another account in my series of real-life deconversion stories. They are often painful, psychological affairs, as you can see from the various accounts. Anthony Toohey contacted me through facebook and ended up writing this account. Please check out my book of deconversion accounts, edited with Tristan Vick, which can be bought from the […]

Posted inReligion

Satan’s Incomprehensibility

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people, particularly fundamentalists, still believe in a real and actual Satan. Of course, to everyone else, this is completely incomprehensible. And here’s one reason for why, as John Loftus sets out in his book The End of Christianity (p. 100): That the highest created being, known as Satan or the Devil, led an angelic rebellion against […]

Posted inUncategorized

God as an Abstraction

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some time ago, I finished John Loftus’ The Outsider Test for Faith. There is much to talk about within the pages, not least some of the excellent quotes he has gathered from other writers which he uses to defend his own positions on various topics. For the purposes of this post, I want to just think […]

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