“Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Well, it seems that we were not in fact done with this little series. After my final post, Daniel chose to take me up on my offer to have the final word (as I normally try to do in exchanges … Continue reading “Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

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A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]


I had the privilege over the past couple of weeks of engaging in a spirited back-and-forth with a good friend of mine, Daniel Bastian. Unfortunately, in the speed with which this exchange occurred, I know it was hard for people to keep track of the writings, the arguments, and the comments. And so, I'm writing … Continue reading A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]

Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) In this series of exchanges with my friend Daniel, I've tried to argue that his Facebook post on why he is an Atheist expressed an overall view of the world that is too small and too simplistic. I think … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?

New Testament & History: Christians can be confident [a retort]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Update: Daniel has posted a reply below. When I have these kinds of exchanges on the blog, I really try to let the other person have the last word. After all, I have home field advantage here. I was absolutely … Continue reading New Testament & History: Christians can be confident [a retort]

“New Testament Historicity: A Response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Today continues an on-going exchange between myself and a friend of mine, Daniel Bastian. These were inspired by a Facebook post he wrote about why he is Atheist (in this current post, whenever he says "OP", he means "original … Continue reading “New Testament Historicity: A Response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

Simplistic Atheism {3}: The Bible, Miracles, & History


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) We continue our response to Daniel Bastian's blistering critique of religious belief. Part 1 tried to respond to what seems to be Daniel's basic understanding of the world, reason, and spirituality. Part 2 focused entirely on his use of … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {3}: The Bible, Miracles, & History

“The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Paul, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your most recent piece. It's the best one yet in the series. You actually (finally) lay down some things we can really sink our teeth into. Something tells me you should have started with … Continue reading “The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

Simplistic Atheism {2}: Science “versus” Theology


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) I'm doing a little series this week responding to a Facebook post by a friend of mine named Daniel Bastian. He outlined twenty things that would make him change his mind about Atheism. The piece is well-organized and thought … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {2}: Science “versus” Theology

Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Last week a friend of mine named Daniel Bastian posted a well thought-out catalog of the reasons why he is an Atheist (let me know if the link doesn't work). This list includes items that don't usually pop up … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small

Simplistic Christianity; Simplistic Atheist: a response [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Earlier today, I posted an introductory post in response to a Facebook note by my friend Daniel. Before I posted it, I had a few friends read the post to see if they thought it would be taken especially … Continue reading Simplistic Christianity; Simplistic Atheist: a response [GUEST POST]

Simplistic Christianity leads to Simplistic Atheism: it’s our fault


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) "I walk outside my house, I look around, and it doesn't seem apparent to me that there is a God. I just don't feel it. It doesn't seem to be the natural conclusion of reality when I live life and look … Continue reading Simplistic Christianity leads to Simplistic Atheism: it’s our fault