The Criterion of Embarrassment

Introduction Christian apologists will frequently argue that the Criterion of Embarrassment adds credence to the Bible. The argument is essentially claiming that any stories which cast a protagonist in any sort of unfavorable light, are less likely to be fabrications. A couple of commonly cited examples include Peter’s denial of Jesus and the fact thatContinue reading “The Criterion of Embarrassment”

The Argument from Fine Tuning

The Argument from Fine Tuning comes in a variety of forms, each making the claim that various features of our planet, our solar system, the universe (including a variety of physical constants) exist within an extremely narrow range of values that allow life to exist. They argue that these are each individually unlikely, and areContinue reading “The Argument from Fine Tuning”

Why Do Atheists Care?

In response to criticisms by atheists, theists frequently ask the question, ”Why do atheists care?” This is often supplemented with ”Why do atheists spend so much time attacking a god in whom they say they don’t believe?” Some further express the opinion that either we hate god, or we’re just trying to convince ourselves ofContinue reading “Why Do Atheists Care?”

The Ontological Argument for God

Classic Version of the Ontological Argument The Ontological Argument for God was first advanced by Saint Anselm, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1033 to 1109. in the Proslogium: [Even a] fool, when he hears of … a being than which nothing greater can be conceived … understands what he hears, and what he understandsContinue reading “The Ontological Argument for God”

The Big Bang and the Laws of Thermodynamics

A popular argument by apologists is the claim that the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics prove the universe had a creator.  The argument goes as follows (from  “The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and the Origin of the Universe” Dr. Danny Faulkner, 2019) Excerpt: “The first law of thermodynamics is the familiar conservation of energyContinue reading “The Big Bang and the Laws of Thermodynamics”

No, Atheism is Not a Religion

Many theists claim that atheism is a religion, but that claim is inherently a dishonest one. As evidence, they often refer to the following Merriam-Webster definition of religion. re•li•gion \ri-ˈli-jən\ noun [Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at rely] 13th century 1       a : the state of a religious 〈aContinue reading “No, Atheism is Not a Religion”

The Kalām Cosmological Argument

(Updated May 6, 2021) One of the most popular arguments of Christian apologists is the Kalām Cosmological Argument. Kalām is so-named because it originated within Islamic discipline of scholastic theology, known as Ilm al-Kalām, which is commonly abbreviated as Kalām. Its history actually predates both Islam and Christianity, going back (at least) to Plato andContinue reading “The Kalām Cosmological Argument”

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Christian Apologists often attempt to use the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics as an argument against evolution. The 2nd Law states that total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time, and is constant if and only if all processes are reversible. In simple terms, entropy is the randomness or disorder in a system,Continue reading “The Second Law of Thermodynamics”