Category Archives: Epistemology

To tu quoque or not to tu quoque?

Or I might equally call this: Why pinching an Alvin Plantinga argument to one problem and applying it to another isn’t really good enough! Those of you who follow the exchange between Arminians and Calvinists will no doubt be aware … Continue reading

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When ‘Street Epistemology’ met a real epistemologist

  I would love to write an extensive commentary on the discussion between Tim McGrew and Peter Boghossian but, for reasons I explained the other day, I’m unable to do so right now. Whether there’s even a need for me … Continue reading

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‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’ Part 5.3: Is Boghossian authentic?

In my last piece on Street Epistemology I reiterated why Christians should strongly reject Boghossian’s misunderstanding of the word faith and not allow themselves to have something projected upon them which they simply don’t believe. I am still in chapter … Continue reading

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The British Humanist Association Part 1 – “How do we know what is true?”

The British Humanist Association this week launched four short videos on the internet to help better explain what Humanism is and what Humanists stand for. Each of them is narrated very professionally by the actor Stephen Fry. Since they touch … Continue reading

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‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’ Part 5.2: Foundationalism and Faith

I am roughly (according to my kindle) one quarter of the way though this book and it’s taken a long time in coming but Boghossian begins talking about which epistemological school of thought he wants his Street Epistemologists (SEs) to … Continue reading

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‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’ Part 4: Epistemology

This is the fourth part of my analysis of Peter Boghossian’s book. For previous parts see here. After giving the potential Street Epistemologists (SE) some really misleading information about Christianity in chapters 1 and 2, he now proposes to give his … Continue reading

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Daring to disagree with Plantinga and Pigliucci

Daring to publicly disagree with one professional philosopher is enough to make your hands sweaty but two at once! I had seen many fellow Christians recommending Plantinga’s recent interview with Gary Gutting as a masterclass in arguing that atheism is … Continue reading

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‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’ Part 3.5: Knowledge claims

Between my last Boghossian post and this one it appears Peter might have seen my blog and some of my series so far. I was hopeful this might lead to a minor exchange (after all I’m yet to have ‘Street … Continue reading

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Boghossian goes nuclear!

“You should never start at a maybe.” Peter Boghossian The philosopher Stephen Law, in his book Believing Bullshit has called this principle “Going nuclear!” [1]  ‘Going nuclear’ is obviously an analogy for laying waste to the entire argument one is in. In … Continue reading

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Where is God?

I followed a link to the ‘The Official Blog of University of Missouri Sceptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics’ today. The article which had been recommended was called: ‘Are Christian Apologists Evidence Against Christianity?’ Since the only reply underneath the … Continue reading

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