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Posted inUncategorized

Carrier’s Definition of Naturalism. I like It.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Being that we are happily debating the definition of naturalism on various threads here, after various posts, I thought I would defer to a post on Richard Carrier’s old old blog (H/T Jim Baerg). I like his definition that I will admittedly decontextualise and paste here because it strips it of a lot of semantic guff […]

Posted inEthics and Morality

Morality: Goal Theory vs Desirism

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here are two atheists, Richard Carrier and Mike McKay, debating morality some time back. I am showing this because I think I will be doing a post or two on desirism at some point, a la Alonso Fyfe. I do have fairly similar views to Carrier’s on morality but desirism looks an interesting project. The videos […]

Posted inUncategorized

Everything You Wanted to Know about Judas but Were Afraid to Ask

Reading Time: 6 minutes Some years ago, I read Richard Carrier’s excellent book “Proving History” which essentially sets out a case for the use of Bayes’s Theorem (BT) in historical contexts in order to work out the most probable explanation for a given event, or the relative probabilities for alternative explanations. In his first book, Carrier sets out the […]

Posted inReligion

Lydia McGrew’s Argument from Miracles, and How It Fails

Reading Time: 10 minutes I recently ran across an essay by Lydia McGrew. She claims to be making a no-fail argument for Christianity’s validity. As we’ll see shortly, however, it is neither unique nor successful. Today I’ll show you her weird take on the logical fallacy called the Argument from Miracles, and also how it fails on an almost comical scale.

Posted inHistory

My Views on Jesus Mythicism Revisited

Reading Time: 5 minutes I recently expressed my views on Jesus mythicism and my position was quite robustly critiqued, which is great. I mean, that’s why I do this. However, I was only expressing my conclusions rather than giving a full run-down of my analysis. Let me, for those who missed it, remind people: To give a massive subject a very […]

Posted inUncategorized

Joseph of Arimathea as Fictional

Reading Time: < 1 minute Joseph of Arimathea used to be used by William Lane Craig as a pillar of his truth claims for the Resurrection, itself one of the four cornerstones of his apology. Richard Carrier, amongst others, has provided some very interesting viewpoints on the historicity of this figure (or lack thereof). Craig no longer seems to reference […]

Posted inHistory

Joseph of Arimathea As a Rich Prophecy Fulfilment

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have spoken about Joseph of Arimathea before, in the videos linked below. Just reading a chapter by Robert M. Price in The End of Christianity, I came across this very simple aspect which shows, to me at any rate, that Matthew’s sole job seemed to be to contrive as many random prophecy fulfilments from the […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Naturalism vs Supernaturalism: In Defence of Methodological Naturalism – Which Horse Wins?

Reading Time: 4 minutes I once had a debate elsewhere with a fellow Tippling Philosopher and rushed out this response. He was arguing that science might not have the answer, that a supernatural explanation should not be ruled out. He stated: Then, there you go again JP with your “there is shed loads of (presumably scientific) research” to back up your […]

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