Post tagged with The Christian Delusion
June 15th, 201012:29 AM ETJohn Loftus, "The Outsider Test of Faith Revisited," 81-106. John Loftus is well known for his "outsider test for faith" which is featured in his book Why I Became an Atheist. It is a challenge to people who hold to religious faith of whatever sort to approach their beliefs with the objective, critical distance of an outsider. Loftus wants be...
June 13th, 201008:58 PM ETJason Long, "The Malleability of the Human Mind," 65-80. All right my clear thinking little skeptics, gather close now. Today we are going to hear about those crazy religious people who are indoctrinated. You need to be careful of them my darling little skeptics! "Tell us more teacher!" Oh yes little Johnny, I will. As our trusted authority...
June 11th, 201011:47 AM ETWe now turn to the second chapter of The Christian Delusion, Valerie Tarico's "Christian Belief through the lens of cognitive science," 47-64. The first thing to note is that Tarico is not addressing the question of whether Christianity is true. Rather, what she intends to address is whether it is rational or justified to believe: "Why is Christi...
June 10th, 201009:49 AM ETThe first section of The Christian Delusion is ominously titled "Why Faith Fails." One might expect then to find in the first essay of this section an argument illustrating to the reader why faith fails. But alas, the argument in David Eller's essay "The Cultures of Christianity" seems to have gone missing.Let's begin with the first couple sentence...
June 06th, 201011:03 AM ETReading John Loftus's introduction to The Christian Delusion I felt a bit like a democrat hiding out at the Republican National Convention. There I sit, wedged in between a Texas cowboy and a suburban soccer mom. But while the crowd around me is whooping it up in a frenzy, I find myself taking issue with the speakers: "That's just rhetoric." I grum...
June 02nd, 201011:42 AM ETBack in 84' George Michael and "Culture Club" were a guilty pleasure. If nobody was around, you could crank their number 1 hit "Karma Chameleon". But if you saw your friends coming you only had seconds to swap the cassette with Van Halen or face the ignominy of being caught listening to the androgynous ambassador of British New Wave. Fast-for...
June 01st, 201011:32 AM ETWhen I enter an important art museum like the Tate Modern or National Gallery I don't aim to be out in twenty minutes. Rather, I linger over the displays, biding my time as I seek to extract every ounce of juice from the rinds of canvas and marble. (Ugh, that's a rather tortured idiom, is it not?) Anyway, I carry the same attitude with important b...
May 31st, 201011:45 AM ETJohn W. Loftus, ed. The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Prometheus Books, 2010. 419 pp. ISBN: 978-1616141684. Just a few years ago you'd have to cruise the streets of Portland, Oregon for at least half an hour before spotting a Darwin fish bumper sticker. But these days you just need to drive around the parking lot of the Tulsa Walmart to fin...
May 17th, 201005:54 PM ETWhere the blogosphere is concerned, a week can seem like a lifetime. It has been six days since I last blogged which, I suspect, is just about at my record. I just got back last night from a conference on divine action at Rutgers University. It was a good time. Hanging out with a bunch of really smart people with backgrounds in science, philosophy ...
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