Continue reading Ed Feser's Review of "Breaking the Spell"...
To read/Or not to read
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One of the most misunderstood and misused concepts in philosophy is Occam’s Razor. Note that the previous sentence says “in philosophy”, not “in logic.” This idea is most coherently phrased as, “Plurality ought never be posited without necessity.” The vast majority of misapplications occur when this idea is treated as a regulation, rather than a rule of thumb. Occam’s Razor (O.R.) is a philosophical guideline, and its application is therefore highly subject to interpretation. The “razor” moniker is particularly appropriate to this idea, given the way it is often applied. Razors meant to shave hair away from skin can be misused to slice through skin as well. The fact that a modern razor can be physically used in this way doesn’t automatically make that use appropriate or necessary – and the same idea applies philosophically. Just because someone can slice up an idea using Occam’s Razor doesn’t mean that they’ve done something constructive.
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In part, she states:
"The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won't create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that's not a conclusion to take on faith -- it's what the empirical data tell us….Surprisingly, while increased church attendance and membership in a conservative denomination has a powerful negative effect on paranormal beliefs, higher education doesn't. Two years ago two professors published another study in Skeptical Inquirer showing that, while less than one-quarter of college freshmen surveyed expressed a general belief in such superstitions as ghosts, psychic healing, haunted houses, demonic possession, clairvoyance and witches, the figure jumped to 31% of college seniors and 34% of graduate students."
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If salvation is the cure, atheism is the prevention.
Dan Barker's recent book Godless contains Barker's personal perspective on the issues between atheism and Christianity. The entire book is not a personal account per se, as his deconversion story only assumes the first 80 pages or so. While I read the entire book in about an afternoon (it is fairly short and easy to read) there were a few sections I read and re-read; In fact, I was so surprised at some of the things he wrote that I had to write down the page number and return later.
Now, I'm going to try and be as fair as I can in this review. I've gone through a few iterations of this book review and decided that too much of this book is too subjective to critically examine (I sincerely hope that you read this book for yourself) in entirety, so I'm restricting myself to one chapter: Cosmological Kalamity.
Continue reading Dan Barker's Kalam Konfusion...
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Continue reading Christopher Hitchens : The Challenges, part III of III...
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Though I haven't been writing much lately, I still like to visit my old pals over at Debunking Christianity from time-to-time.
Today, after perusing their blog, I noticed a post criticizing a personal hero of mine: Plantinga. The post is entitled, "Plantinga Propounds Invalid Argument", and is filled with a lot of unflattering caricatures of Plantinga's philosophy.
Continue reading In Defense of Plantinga...
Continue reading Christopher Hitchens : The Challenges, part II of III...