Friday, July 23, 2010

The God of the Agnostics

Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur

Some people who self-identify as non-religious still believe in the possibility of some kind of supernatural deity. This generally takes the form of either pantheism or agnosticism. I touched on this in The Strawman of the Faithful Atheist, but I want to explain further the agnostic’s flawed conception of God and their even more flawed notions of skepticism.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Strawman of the Faithful Atheist (Part 2)

The reasonable man bases his conclusions on the evidence currently available while acknowledging that tomorrow’s evidence may show something quite different. – RG Swinburne

Rosenbaum also claims that a significant portion of atheists hold “the certainty that they can or will be able to explain how and why the universe came into existence.” This is not so much a lie as a misunderstanding of the truth.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Strawman of the Faithful Atheist (Part 1)

Ron Rosenbaum – The rise of the new agnostics

Ron Rosenbaum wants to distance agnosticism from atheism, claiming that atheists are just as faithful to their dogma as theists are to theirs. He does this in a number of ways, at various points either misrepresenting the truth or misunderstanding it, but these logical errors are very common so I want to address them.