All posts tagged apologetics

Apologetics and apologies

This is a post I wrote back on January 30, 2009, for another blog I used to write at (which no longer exists). Some of the references are a bit dated, but the ideas are as true as ever, and I thought the content would likely be interesting to NFQ readers. I’ve always been into […]

What’s in the gaps?

The Apologetics 315 blog quoted William Dembski of the Discovery Institute not too long ago, making what I’m sure he and they thought was a clever argument: “Scientists rightly resist invoking the supernatural in scientific explanations for fear of committing a god-of-the-gaps fallacy (the fallacy of using God as a stop-gap for ignorance). Yet without […]

Precise answers to the wrong questions

I’ve been doing Serious Research lately and haven’t had much energy for blogging. I’m actually starting to remember that blogging gives me more energy (like exercising) if I can get myself to kick off the virtuous cycle when I don’t feel like it — so perhaps I’ll be posting more actively in the near future. […]

Undermining rational thought

I stumbled upon this hilarious website called The emblem of the site is a circle containing the URL and the words “Absolute Apologetics,” as well as a tic-tac-toe board with X’s in all nine spaces — I guess to drive home the degree to which they feel they’ve won. The site leads you through […]

Debating theology obscures the point

I’m long overdue to call attention to this excellent and delightfully snarky observation, via commenter Russ on John Loftus’s Debunking Christianity blog (now moved back here): I have an idea! Since gods aren’t real let’s debate how the Christian gods are “universally reliable.” Shall we? After all, when a notion isn’t real, how does a […]

Proof of Jesus’ resurrection?

I’m always prattling on about how, if presented with actual evidence and logical arguments, I would change my mind and convert to whatever religious belief system provided that compelling evidence. That’s why I feel like I ought to examine carefully the supposed compelling evidence put forward by theists, at least from time to time. Yesterday, […]

Breaking down Biblical prophecies

Keith Harrison (who you may have seen in the comments around here, and who blogs at Coming of Age) has been making headway lately on a great series of blog posts: The theme is biblical prophecies. One of the recurring arguments I hear from believers is that the Bible must be true because of the […]

Friday Link Roundup #40

Oxford researchers investigate likely innate human tendencies to believe in gods and the supernatural. Prompted by Israeli President Shimon Peres’ suggestion for an 11th commandment (bumping up the next 603, I suppose), Alex Tabbarok asked his readers for their suggestions. How could it be this easy to improve on the work of a perfect god? […]

Friday Link Roundup #35

If you’re looking for a better lesson in how to be an evangelist than the ACT training courses could provide, maybe you should check out Ebonmuse’s recent essay, The Apologist’s Handbook. It’s very educational. Stanley Fish praises Kagan’s dissent in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. This is really creepy. I’m not sure what […]

Learning to be an evangelist

I recently availed myself of an amazing educational opportunity. While surfing the ‘net somewhat aimlessly the other day (I think I was looking at other search results for some of the terms that lead people to this blog) I eventually came to the website of a Christian ministry called ACT. Here’s how they describe themselves. […]