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Inspiring Philosophy and the Laws of Logic: Part 1 – UseOfReason
What could apologists be talking about when they speak of "the laws of logic"? (This is usually part of an argument that God is needed for there to be such laws). Discusses various different logics, what Godel really proved, and a bunch of other stuff.
philosophy  mathematics  logic  presuppositionalism  apologetics  godel 
november 2017 by pw201
God Doesn't; We Do: The apologist two-step--McGrew and Marshall on Boghossian
Argues that Norman Geisler and Frank Turek's "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" use "faith" in a very similar way to the way Boghossian does, namely "We mean that the less evidence you have for your position, the more faith you need to believe it (and vice versa). Faith covers a gap in knowledge."
faith  peter-boghossian  apologetics  religion 
april 2015 by pw201
A Pasta Sea: Elijah and the Apologist of Baal
1 Kings 18 re-imagined as if Baal had a William Lane Craig on his side. Fun times. "A Pasta Sea" is a good name for an ex-Christian blog, too.
bible  apologetics  ahab  baal  elijah  funny  parody 
january 2015 by pw201
What Can We Learn About Human Psychology from Christian Apologetics? - Less Wrong
Chris Hallquist tries to work out what's going on with apologetics. It's Less Wrong, so *do* read the comments.
religion  christianity  less-wrong  psychology  apologetics  chris-hallquist 
october 2013 by pw201
UFOs, Ghosts and a Rising God
Chris Hallquist's debunking of the stories of the resurrection of Jesus is now online. It's a good read. It's mostly a response to popular apologetics on the subject (Habermas, Craig, McDowell and so on) and an argument that the evidence is worse than that for more modern paranormal events which we justly reject (the ghosts and UFOs of the title).
history  william-lane-craig  christianity  jesus  resurrection  apologetics  scepticism  ufo  paranormal  chris-hallquist 
july 2013 by pw201
Evangelism, disbelief, and being 'without excuse' » » The Polemical MedicThe Polemical Medic
"Christians who indulge in evangelism and apologetics often hold to a thesis of disbelief as epistemic pathology – that disbelief is the result of some culpable error of judgment. Such an attitude is a poor fit for the facts and counter productive to the cause of evangelism. Ironically, the urge of these people to pathologize disagreement is diagnostic of their own epistemic pathology." I've mentioned this attitude (inspired by Romans 1) before: Thrasymachus neatly dissects it.
philosophy  epistemology  christianity  religion  apologetics  evangelicalism  evangelism 
february 2012 by pw201
Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians, Christian News
McDowell is worried: “The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not.” Kind of revealing: McDowell is admitting that if you want to get kids into your religion, you need to get them young enough, before they've been exposed to other ideas.
internet  apologetics  josh-mcdowell  christianity  religion 
july 2011 by pw201
"Have friends who are atheists? Agnostics? Into Wicca? Or New Age?"
Mefi discovers "Dare2Share", which is one of those worldview based Christian evangelism things where they're training Christians to understand other people's worldviews (which is good) as a preamble to converting them to Christianity (which would be bad). I've linked to Mefi rather than the site itself as the Mefites discussion is interesting. The site has cutesy names for their examplars, like "Willow the Wiccan" and "Andy the Atheist", so the Mefi crowd have come up with a few of their own.
metafilter  apologetics  christianity  evangelism  worldview 
april 2011 by pw201
Debunking Christianity: Loftus vs Wood Debate: My Opening Statement
"No one would value the opinion of any judge who had a double standard, one for the plaintiff, and a different one for the defendant. Any judge who did that would be placing his thumb on the scales of justice. He wouldn’t be weighing the evidence fairly. And we would object to his ruling. All of us. Tonight I’m going to argue that this is what Christian apologists do when it comes to the evidence for their God."
religion  atheism  christianity  apologetics 
march 2010 by pw201
Atheism, Reason, and Morality: Responding to Some Popular Christian Apologetics
D Gene Witmer on how best to response to Christian presuppositionalists. I ran into one of them online recently, which was fun.
religion  presuppositionalism  apologetics  christianity  philosophy  rationality  logic  induction  morality  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2009 by pw201
The Psychology of Apologetics: Biblical Inerrancy
'..the “updating” of our belief system in the light of new information or evidence does not occur in a vacuum. It occurs, rather, in the context of a very large and complex array of “background beliefs”'

Some interesting stuff on Quine and what constitutes evidence. The comments are good too.
theology  psychology  apologetics  quine  evidence  belief  positivism  empiricism 
december 2008 by pw201
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
A critique of everyone's favourite "first cause" argument by P.Z. Myers's daughter.
kalam  craig  god  religion  apologetics  creation  logic 
march 2008 by pw201

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