Certitude

Is it possible that the more certain you are about a proposition, the less likely it is to be true?  The idea is not merely counterintuitive.  It’s silly.  And yet, atheist evangelists sometimes make this argument, citing strength of faith as evidence that Christianity must be false. Religion and Certainty Though doubts may sometimes be inevitable, […]

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Why Am I Here?

Is there any more fundamental question?  It is so fundamental to human experience that it must be hard-wired into us that we find a purpose for ourselves; and if we don’t, that we invent it. Religion and Longing One might suppose that religion is just such an invention.  But if religion is an invention of man, we’re still […]

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Lane Encroachment

In Science and Anti-science, we looked at two theses.  One:  that exclusion of any possibility of the supernatural is bad science.   Two:  that some atheists depart from science altogether, subverting its principles, by attempting to brand their opponents “anti-science.” An astute comment to that post occasions this expansion of it.  The suggestion is made that theists […]

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Extraordinary Claims

The Artificial Standard Skeptics often approach a proposition with a screen through which they intend to sift any evidence:  “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”   This phrase was popularized by Carl Sagan, and is repeated by skeptics routinely, when encountering any hint that there might be a God.  It sounds reasonable superficially, but it’s actually just a way of […]

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Science and Anti-science

What is Science? Science is a process for discerning truths about the material world.  The word is also used as a summary of things learned, as a result of that process.  Doing science means using methodological rigor, so that results are not tainted by prejudice. In doing science, it is critically important that its practitioners […]

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Origin of Life

The question of the origin of life poses a far more formidable challenge to materialism than does the inconsistent evidence for evolution. This is important to remember, because evolution and origin of life are often lumped together as though they were parts of the same question. They aren’t. Irreducible Complexity One of the reasons for […]

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Evolution and Science

We considered the intersection of science and metaphysics in Evolution and Atheism. The idea there was to consider one’s philosophical presuppositions, when doing science, such as scientific inquiry into the origin of life. We ended on the observation that calling skeptics of Evolution “anti-science” is just a form of shouting down the opposition. It’s closed-mindedness. […]

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Science vs. Religion?

Does science defeat religion? Is it true that science is equivalent to reason and rationality, and that religion is equivalent to superstition and irrationality? Those who are eager to advance a materialist perspective of ultimate reality would have us believe so.  If we believe that there is a God, and that acknowledging Him is not […]

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