Category Archives: theology

Let’s stop teaching philosophy of religion in secular colleges

Philosophers have reproved me because, as a mere biologist, I have no right to criticize the teaching of philosophy of religion in colleges, nor to call for its end.  But I reject the idea that biologists have no standing to give such an opinion, just as I reject the notion that philosophers can’t pass judgement on whether […]

Do believers see scripture as literally true?

In all the to-and-fro we’ve had in the last couple of weeks, some people have maintained that very few people—and almost no theologians—see the Bible as literally true. If you live in the US, you’ll know how ludicrous that is.  While I agree that Americans who take the whole document as the literal word of […]

Theodicy: the argument from piñatas

Over at the website Pictoral Theology, reader Pliny the In Between offers one theological explanation for natural evils” (deaths not involving human “free will,” including natural disasters, childhood cancers, and so on):

David Bentley Hart on God

I’ve finally started reading the book that’s touted as the be-all and end-all of Sophisticated Theology™, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, by David Bentley Hart, published last year by Yale University Press. As you probably know if you’re a regular, this book has been touted by many religious people as the most definitive […]

William Lane Craig’s Christmas present: five bits of evidence for God; Professor Ceiling Cat responds with evidence for Not Ceiling Cat

Where else but on Fox News will you find this bit of frippery: an article by the eloquent but slippery theologian William Lane Craig, and with the invidious title “A Chistmas gift for atheists—five reasons why God exists“. Craig tells us first that Christmas is a sham for atheists (yes, of course—if you want to […]

Your Thanksgiving viewing

Instead of watching a postprandial football game in which behemoths injure each other, how about working your neurons a bit and watching this  53-minute talk by physicist Sean Carroll, delivered in Oxford last January? It’s a superb presentation. The title is “God is not a good theory.” I like that—and the talk—because it presumes that […]

New Republic picks up Adam and Eve piece

Well, it’s a surprise to me, but a pleasant one: The New Republic published a slightly modified version of my Adam and Eve vs. Science post from yesterday. And yes, I get a modest stipendiary emolument for the NR version, so I’m not a write-for-free dupe like those who enrich HuffPo.  The New Republic’s online […]

A theologian at HuffPo informs me that theology “is not about God”

It is with a heavy heart that I sit down at my keyboard this morning, for I must spend the next hour locking horns (see previous post) with a theologian—one suffering so severely from cognitive dissonance that he argues that theology is not about God. Something is wrong on the Internet. The misguided theologian, David […]

The Atlantic gives the world’s worst advice: study more theology

I’ve spent much of the last several years reading theology of all stripes, from the most fundamentalist version (e.g. Ken Ham), to versions slightly more sophisticated, like William Lane Craig, to the most rarefied and “sophisticated” versions, like those of Karen Armstrong, Alvin Plantinga, and Søren Kierkegaard. Now I admit I’m an atheist and have […]

Two Germans with a MacBook prove that God exists

A new report at ABC News, “Computer scientists ‘prove’ God exists”, says that two German scientists using a MacBook have proven the existence of God.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that it appears to be old news: that is, they have somehow mathematically formalized the ontological proof of God, which has always […]

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