The Last Superstition: Great Gobs of Uncertainty

Chapter 6: The lump under the rug In this section, Feser argues that the existence of the mind is incompatible with materialism. Not only that, but materialist explanations of mind often refer, if only implicitly or subconsciously, to aristotelian concepts. But first, he has to dispel a misconception: to say that something has a final … Continue reading “The Last Superstition: Great Gobs of Uncertainty”

The Last Superstition: Skip Ahead

Chapter 1 This chapter can safely be skipped. It’s equal parts complaining about The New Atheists and insulting them, making big claims, and giving Aristotle and Aquinas loving tongue-baths. He yearns for the good old days when people kept their atheism to themselves. In this introductory chapter, Feser makes a number of big promises for … Continue reading “The Last Superstition: Skip Ahead”

Flaming Telephone

(Note to people reading this in a future when they’ve grown up never using a telephone for voice communication with another human: we used to have a game where a message would be distorted by serial whispering, and we found this amusing.) So apparently Thomas Nagel, who’s an honest-to-Cthulhu serious philosopher, published a book last … Continue reading “Flaming Telephone”

Some Meta-Arguments Against God, Part 2

Lack of good apologetics As with direct evidence, theists have had thousands of years to figure out what their gods are like, what they want, how they operate, and so forth. And yet, there are no good apologetics or arguments for any god’s existence. Most of them rely on false dichotomies, or faulty reasoning, or … Continue reading “Some Meta-Arguments Against God, Part 2”

Where Are all the Reflective Christians?

One recurring criticism of Dawkins’s The God Delusion (and Hitchens’s God Is Not Great, Victor Stenger’s God: the Failed Hypothesis, and others) is that these authors attack a simplistic conception of God, one that no intelligent, educated person believes in anyway. Plantinga, for instance, writes: According to much classical theology (Thomas Aquinas, for example) God … Continue reading “Where Are all the Reflective Christians?”

The Mozart Argument

Over at Dangerous Idea, Victor Reppert links to the lecture notes for a talk by Alvin Plantinga listing half a dozen (or so) arguments for the existence of God. Down in the comments, someone asks why atheists snigger at Plantinga. To answer that question, scroll down Plantinga’s talk to “(U) The Mozart Argument”. As far … Continue reading “The Mozart Argument”

Knowing Like A Crossword Puzzle

If you enjoy solving crossword puzzles, you may have found yourself in the same position as I did the other day: “Thug” is “GOON”, obviously: the O’s fit “OIL” and “NOTONYOURLIFE”. As for the G, well, I know nothing about ballet, so for all I know there’s someone named Twyla T. Garp out there. I … Continue reading “Knowing Like A Crossword Puzzle”

Is This Really What Passes for Thinking Among Theologians?

dlighe pointed me at an article in Christianity Today by Alvin Plantinga, The Dawkins Confusion. He seemed to find it interesting, and there are a lot of links to it from the blogosphere, and they seem to agree that it’s a good, solid refutation of Dawkins’s The God Delusion. To which I can only say, … Continue reading “Is This Really What Passes for Thinking Among Theologians?”