The Incoherence of God

“So we have the strange phenomenon, as Kant assures us, of a mind believing with all its strength in the real presence of a set of things of no one of which it can form any notion whatsoever.” - William James An igtheist is one who can't make any sense of the idea of god. … Continue reading The Incoherence of God

Atheism, Consciousness, and Materialism

Consciousness and some accompanying phenomena seem to be a major source of resistance to physicalism, naturalism, and atheism, and not just from fundamentalists. I think defenders of naturalism or opponents of religion need to grapple with the current lack of a satisfying theory of consciousness -- we either need to improve our thought or improve … Continue reading Atheism, Consciousness, and Materialism

William Lane Craig and Peter Kreeft’s Arguments From Consciousness

It seems that more and more people are interested in the various branches of consciousness studies, which I’m told was a taboo subject in academia until fairly recently. And in all this mounting excitement over philosophy of mind, and over radical theories of consciousness like panpsychism, some religious believers have tried to get in on … Continue reading William Lane Craig and Peter Kreeft’s Arguments From Consciousness

H.P. Lovecraft

This Halloween, I wanted to pay tribute to an extraordinary nonbeliever: the late, great Howard Phillips Lovecraft, best known as H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was one of the greatest sci-fi/horror writers of all time (or as it was called in his era, “weird fiction”). He’s the godfather of the cosmic horror genre, creator of the elaborate … Continue reading H.P. Lovecraft

Reformed Epistemology

Alvin Plantinga is one of the most respected Christian philosophers alive. William Lane Craig described Reformed epistemology as “one of the most significant developments in contemporary religious epistemology.” Plantinga once served as the president of the American Philosophical Association. In 2017, he was awarded the Templeton Prize. The University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy … Continue reading Reformed Epistemology

Irreducible Complexity Revisited

Some of Behe’s fans have found the anti-ID episodes I’ve made recently, and I’ve noticed that according to them, no one is ever quite representing Behe’s position fairly. But he has an annoying habit of “addressing” criticism without really addressing it. He’ll acknowledge that critics of irreducible complexity invoke exaptation, and he writes something that … Continue reading Irreducible Complexity Revisited

​​Christianity vs. Climate Change

Does Christianity, and religion generally, naturally lead to skepticism and apathy towards climate change? ​​The phenomenon of climate change denial has many causes, but I want to focus on one of them. I think Christianity and religion generally contribute to the phenomenon of climate change denial, as well as the widespread apathy towards any action. … Continue reading ​​Christianity vs. Climate Change