Mike

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Date registered: March 9, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Free Will and Meaning — April 28, 2015
  2. Jesus was not a Christian — February 23, 2015
  3. Brief Comments on the Resurrection — February 20, 2015
  4. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 1 — February 25, 2014
  5. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 2 — October 25, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Is everything in the Bible true? — 80 comments
  2. Free Will and Evil — 77 comments
  3. Intention in Eden — 49 comments
  4. On Absurdity: William Lane Craig and Actual Infinites — 36 comments
  5. Gospel Truth: Important Contradictions — 28 comments

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Feb 05

The Problem of Sincere Believers

A common claim by theists is that God values our freedom and, as such, can not make his existence obvious. Such obvious grandstanding would rob us of the choice to freely choose good acts, so they say. Yet, a fairly simple problem arises. 1. Very sincere believers exist who are virtually certain about various “facts” …

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Dec 10

Is God required for our safety and security?

The group American Atheists has been on the offensive lately regarding a Kentucky law that raises First Amendment concerns. The law requires citizens to acknowledge that “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.” Further, Homeland Security officials must acknowledge this publicly through plaques and other displays. …

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Nov 19

Questions for an Atheist

I contribute occasional articles to the group blog/podcast An American Atheist. Recently, I began a series of answering questions from a Christian apologist. The questions were often terrible, but they covered a lot of ground. For that reason, I thought it would be useful to give brief, first-level responses to some of these common issues we encounter …

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Nov 01

A Dilemma for Prayer in Politics

A Dilemma for Prayer in Politics

Whether it’s meant sincerely or is just pandering, it is commonplace for politicians to talk about prayer. For example, Newt Gingrich said the following during a Republican Presidential Primary debate on October 18, 2011: How can I trust you with power if you don’t pray? The general idea seems to be that prayer will provide …

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Oct 26

A Brief Point on Evil and Free Will

There are a number of potential problems with the free will defense (FWD) to the problem of evil and its many varieties. Here is one very simple potential problem. Let me begin with a quick story. I have a young son. We have an open stairway leading into a finished lower level. We have a …

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Sep 27

Is God fair?

Imagine you are a professor and you are renowned for your fairness. You have always upheld this as a central virtue because you teach a class that is of vital importance to the students. Your grading of the students in this particular class is highly correlated with their acceptance into top-tier graduate schools. As such, …

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Sep 05

The Matrix Objection – Conclusion

Last time, I laid out what I think is a very intuitive illustration against the reliability of ad hoc reasoning. I also claimed that the Matrix Objection (TMO) is an example of such ad hoc reasoning. Let me briefly restate TMO, and then I’ll defend my case. TMO: Real life would be indistinguishable from life …

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Aug 24

A Brief Argument Against the Soul

1. Most theistic laypeople have a belief in the soul that includes it somehow being within or somehow internally connected to their body.¹ 2. Their belief likely also includes a conception of the soul as immaterial.² 3. Immaterial things cannot have spatial extension. 4. To reside in a place, like within the body, requires spatial …

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Aug 14

The Matrix Objection – Introduction

Now that my workload has lessened a bit and I’ve finally caught up with George R. R. Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire, I should have more time to get back to writing. I’d also like to conduct a number of book reviews, including for Richard Carrier’s latest book on Bayes Theorem and …

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Jul 10

The Parable of the Hunter

A father and daughter were camping in the woods one afternoon. The father heard a sound in the distance. When he peered through a break in the foliage he saw another camper setting up a tent. The father went to his truck and pulled out a gun. He checked to make sure it was loaded, …

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