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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Jun 07

Greater Good Theodicies

A common response to the problem of evil is to appeal to what I call greater good theodicies. Theodicies generally accept that a being with the attributes of God would have some moral obligation to prevent evil, all other things being equal.[i] They then attempt to provide a plausible reason why God might allow evil. …

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May 19

Foundations of New Atheism in the Radical Enlightenment

If you ask an educated person to name prominent French figures of the Enlightenment, there is a pretty good chance he or she will name Voltaire and/or Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Atheists will likely view these Enlightenment figures positively, especially Voltaire, for laying the foundations for modern secular thought. In this essay, I want to discuss just …

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Apr 25

Is naturalism a type of faith?

In this essay, I’m going to take on a common claim that a form of narrow naturalism can rightly be called faith. The form of naturalism I have in mind is one that says for any given unexplained event, it is overwhelmingly likely that the real explanation will be a naturalistic one. So, for example, …

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Mar 29

Current Thoughts on the Kalam Cosmological Argument

I recently had a comment on one of the first posts I ever wrote. In this post, I discussed classic arguments for God, including the Cosmological Argument. This is the traditional argument that asserts that everything that exists must have a cause. The standard reply to that premise is to say that God is something …

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Mar 25

Podcast Interview

I was interviewed on the most recent episode of the An American Atheist podcast. I discussed my recent article about speaking in tongues as a young kid at a charismatic church camp. You can choose to listen via either of these options: Streaming or iTunes. I come in around the 38:20 mark. Bookmark on Delicious …

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Mar 21

False Dilemmas

Parabola

One of the many problems we face in arguing about gods is the danger of running into a false dilemma. I am specifically concerned with arguments for theism, which I think contain many false dilemmas, but arguments for atheism should also be wary of the problem. What we will see in many apologetic arguments in …

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Mar 09

The first time I spoke in tongues

I attended camp every summer as a kid. Most of the time, this camp would be indistinguishable from other summer camps. My friends and I would play basketball, pass notes back and forth with girls, listen to music, etc. The rest of the time, however, the camp was quite different. You see, this was a …

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Mar 06

New Philosophy of Physics Blog

There is a new blog that I recommend you follow, if you’re interested in the philosophy of physics. http://philocosmology.wordpress.com/ I’m personally excited about this prospect because there should be top-notch philosophers involved, and I expect the discussion to reflect that. This means it offers an excellent learning opportunity within a very difficult subject. Physics rears …

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Mar 02

On Framing an Opponent’s Argument

It is generally considered good practice to frame your opponent’s argument in the best possible light–to try and explain it charitably and discuss your own assumptions in addressing it. The practice is a good one for more than just the sake of manners. It helps your audience to evaluate the arguments more objectively and enables …

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Feb 21

The Greatest Possible World: Comments on Leibniz, Voltaire, and Skeptical Theism

One can extract the following argument from Gottfried Leibniz in the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence: (1) Acts of God cannot contain a flaw. (2) The creation of the world was an act of God. (3) Therefore, the world is without flaw. This view was in response to certain aspects of Isaac Newton’s mechanical philosophy published mainly in …

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