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July 29, 2018

There is a remarkable amount of interpretation in how we experience the world. Imagine that my German shepherd is sprinting towards us at full speed. The visual image before us may be virtually identical. Still, it may seem to me that my dog is runni...

June 26, 2018

It is natural to think that faith goes beyond the evidence. At the same time, many don’t want to say that faith is irrational – faith, both religious and non-religious, seems like an important part of a flourishing life. Here, I explore one way to ma...

June 2, 2018

Some people, like the New Atheists, are skeptical of the attitude of faith.  They argue that faith, especially religious faith, is irrational.  One way to see their argument is as follows:

  1. Those who have faith are irrational. 

  2. Theistic b...

April 8, 2018

Are you justified in believing that Jesus rose from the dead? I claim that you are not. I have a number of arguments for this thesis, which I present at length in my book The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural is Unjust...

March 26, 2018

Most people who’ve thought about whether God exists have also thought about how the presence of evil in the world bears on this question. Many have supposed that evil is incompatible with God’s existence, and since there’s obviously quite a lot of ev...

November 15, 2017

Is it possible to have empirical evidence for the existence of God? One sometimes hears statements to the effect that this is impossible, since God himself (if he exists at all) is immaterial. How could we have evidence, by means of the senses, for t...

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