Alister McGrath on the incoherence of atheists blaming God or religion for evil

McGrath, A. (2011). Why God Won’t Go Away: Engaging with the New Atheism (pp. 62–64). London: SPCK. New Atheist bloggers frequently speculate on the moral turpitude and degeneracy of this invented deity. Some even go so far as to declare that God was the hidden force that locked the doors of the Auschwitz gas chambers …

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Atheists and Bigotry

In reference to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, Fr. Dwight Longenecker says he sees "a man dressed up as a whore" on the cover of Vanity Fair. In response, Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, says: "We've come to expect this sort of bigotry from religious leaders. They demean people like Jenner by refusing to acknowledge her identity. That's …

Religious Revelations Never Disagree with Atheist’s Assumptions

Atheist Jonathan MS Pearce recently wrote a post claiming that the nature of religious revelations is evidence for atheism. I challenged him on a specific point of his argument. Notice how unwilling he is to take evidence at face value despite the fact that admitting his argument fails would do little harm to atheism. Keep …

Re: God, Darwin and My College Biology Class

At the New York Times, David P. Barash has written an opinion piece: "God, Darwin and My College Biology Class". It's another in a long line of poorly reasoned pieces from scientists believing they have some special insight into philosophical and religious matters. Let me get my agreement with Barash out of the way: "there …

Re: A point that bears repeating: there is nothing in the Bible that couldn’t have been written by ordinary people

This post is a response to a post by the A-Unicornist, Mike D, entitled: A point that bears repeating: there is nothing in the Bible that couldn't have been written by ordinary people. Unless otherwise specified the quotes are from his post. As far as the title itself goes, I agree with him. There was …

Re: It’s Easy To Convince An Atheist

Staks Rosch makes the typical claim that atheists would gladly convert if you just provided them with some valid evidence. But then he lets the cat out of the bag: So what does valid evidence consist of? That’s a great question and I’m not really sure the answer. I guess they would have to present …

Reviews of “A Manual for Creating Atheists” by Peter Boghossian

For whatever reason, Peter Boghossian's A Manual for Creating Atheists is quite popular. Yet, based on the reviews I've read, it is high on rhetoric but lacking in evidence. The blogosphere is already producing a number of scathing reviews which I shall catalog here (and try to keep up-to-date). Feel free to suggest additional links …