Category Archives: apologetics

ISIS is really, truly Islamic

I keep touting Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning book The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 as a corrective for those who claim that Al-Qaeda is motivated not by religion, but by secular issues like poverty, colonialism, and the like.  Wright’s book shows clearly that the roots of Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamic […]

Australian religionist tries to explain why God allows evil; fails miserably

Australia, though a pretty nonreligious country compared to the U.S., still has its pockets of faith. One was recently emptied on the Australian Broadcasting System’s (ABC’s) site “The Drum,” in piece written by Simon Smart, a man described on the ABC’s site as . . . a Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and […]

Simon Conway Morris’s new book on evolutionary convergence. Does it give evidence for God?

The eminent paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris, who did seminal work on the Burgess Shale Fauna, has a new book out. Published on January 19, it’s called The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware. And it was published by Templeton Press, which should tell you something about its contents.   Now the subtitle does seem […]

Giles Fraser tries to pwn Stephen Fry by telling us what god is *really* like

Do you want some Sophisticated Theology™ today? I thought not. But I have some new theology right here, and boy, is it sophisticated! First you’ll have to recall (or watch) the Stephen Fry video in which, asked by interviewer Gay Byrne what he’d say if he met God, Fry (an atheist) answered that he’d query God about […]

William Lane Craig goes after me about Adam and Eve

O frabjous day! Just when I thought I had nothing to say today—and these days happen—Ceiling Cat (praise be unto Him) sent me something interesting in an email from reader Brian. Brian called my attention to the latest “Reasonable Faith” podcast by theologian William Lane Craig, a broadcast called “The historical Adam and Eve.” It’s 14.5 […]

Lawrence Krauss rebuts “Science increasingly makes the case for God”

On Christmas Day of last year, the Wall Street Journal published a short piece by Eric Metaxas called “Science increasingly makes the case for God” (The subtitle is “The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?”). If the WSJ link takes you to the subscription page, just Google the […]

The unctuous and dangerous Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a dangerous woman. I say that because while she projects the image of amiability and compassion, her modus operandi is to repeatedly deny that any violence in the world comes from “true” religion, which she tautologically defines as “that form of religion which does not inspire violence.” Any brand of terrorism or seemingly faith-based malevolence, she argues, […]

Haught comes to town!

OMG, one of my colleagues just got the following invitation from the executive director of Chicago’s Lumen Christi Institute. I don’t know what that institute is, but it sounds Catholish*: I am pleased to invite you to a lecture and dinner on Thursday, February 19 at the University of Chicago. The lecture, entitled “Theology and Evolutionary […]

Reza Aslan blames Charlie Hebdo massacre on France’s “inability to tolerate multiculturalism”

If your blood pressure is sufficiently low and you’re sitting down, you might want to go to Real Clear Politics and see the video interview of Reza Aslan on the Charlie Hebdo killings. The critical parts are also transcribed on the site. And you can get idea of his theme right out of the gate, for […]

The Argument from Embarrassment

This is one that theologians have so far missed, but was concocted and tw**ted by the atheist philosopher Maarten Boudry (h/t to Peter):  

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