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Tag: Dan Barker

What Does Atheism Become?

About five years ago I published a collection of essays that is no longer available for purchase.  The collection is titled after the essay below.  It is not, as far as I know, something I’ve published elsewhere.  I was thinking of it recently and decided it should be dusted off.  It seems as relevant today as when I first wrote it.

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That Which Atheism Becomes

Some might say that I just like to argue. The truth is that I believe that ideas have consequences and some consequences are more severe than others. Arguing, or more precisely, debating, these ideas … continue reading...

The Silence of the Wolves: Atheists Turn Docile in Face of the Facts

It is not so common in philosophical debates to arrive at points of contentions where there really, truly, is indisputable refutation or demonstration.  Usually, it is a question of interpretation and the argument can continue on.  On my blog I have documented over the years a few points where the argument against the atheist was incontrovertible.  The result:  silence.

I would like to give free-thinking objective and even handed and mentally superior atheistic friends an opportunity to exhibit integrity by highlighting the three examples (plus a bonus one) that come to mind and calling upon the atheists and their defenders … continue reading...

Do atheists own public land?

Kevin Hundt of La Crosse, WI seems to think so:

Atheists do not have “more” say than religious people, we just don’t want government (public-owned) resources to be used to promote religion. Religious people already have tax-free churches; if you want statues and monuments, you can put them there. No one is demanding anyone “hide” their religious belongings – when you all put up those 10 commandments signs in your yards, did anyone complain? No, that’s your property. Put up whatever you want there. But government property is my property, so keep your backward magic superstition off my lawn.  … continue reading...

Rebuttal Part 2 of Barker’s Rebuttal of Kingsley’s Answer to Barker’s Easter Challenge

This is the second and hopefully last installment in a rebuttal of Dan Barker. Barker’s Easter Challenge was taken up by Pastor Stephen Kingsley, and Barker issued forth a 70 page answer. Here is my review of Kingsley’s ‘Answer.’ Here is my first reply to Barker’s rebuttal. You are reading my second. Barker has not, to my knowledge, publicly released his rebuttal. If he ever does, I will link to it.

Barker’s response could have easily been slimmed down to 5 to 10 pages, easily. It is filled with inaccuracies, diversions, and tangents. The main objection is not easy … continue reading...

Barker’s Rebuttal to Kingsley’s Easter Answer: A Dud

Not too long ago I posted a review of Stephen Kingsley’s The Easter Answer (Amazonwww.easteranswer.com) and at that time Barker had not yet issued his response.  And no wonder:  not to be outdone in any respect, Barker issued forth a 69 page answer to a book that was only 82 pages in the first place.   I am glad for Barker’s exhaustive treatment as it exposes a whole heap of flaws in Barker’s ‘Challenge’ and most importantly gives us explicit insight into how Barker analyzes potential answers.

Probably the fundamental issue exposed by Barker’s reply is that … continue reading...

Review of The Easter Answer (to Barker’s Easter Challenge) by Stephen Kingsley

My first exposure to Dan Barker was his so called ‘Easter Challenge.’  I had already emerged from my own crisis of faith and had already determined some principles for sorting out alleged Biblical contradictions.  The more I read Barker’s writings, the less impressed I was.  I put the Challenge to good use, though, having my New Testament courses take up the ‘challenge’ for their spring project.

It never crossed my mind to try to actually correspond with Barker.  I assumed the whole thing was just some sort of cheap shot.   Having read Kingsley’s book I see that was … continue reading...

Three Upcoming Book Reviews and one Released

I have three books sent to me due for reading and reviewing.  It is going to be a week or possibly longer to get to one or all of them so I wanted to throw up a little blurb to each in the meantime.

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If you are aware of Dan Barker’s ‘Easter Challenge’ you will enjoy this concerted effort to answer it.  Pastor Stephen Kingsley’s The Easter Answer:  What happened during the forty days between Easter and the Ascension is … continue reading...

Dan Barker and ‘Equal Time’ or, Dear Atheist, Please tell the truth

Dan Barker’s Freedom from Religion Foundation is back at it.  Every year they manage to find atheists with presumably no intestinal fortitude, thus explaining the sharp pains in their guts and mental distress when they see a nativity scene, much like vampires wince at the sight of the crucifix.  The Caped Crusader is back in action, but this time with a twist:  now he doesn’t want Christian imagery obliterated from the public square.*  He just wants ‘equal time.’

“Our members want equal time,” Barker said. “Not to muscle, not to coerce, but just to have a place at the continue reading...

Who made God? Who made the Universe? Chicken, meet the Egg

The question ‘Who made God’ is one of the first questions a young child asks.  It is an obvious question with a difficult to comprehend answer.  The problem is when adults get stymied.   Worse is when grown men who ought to know better and claim they do get it wrong.  For example, this little bit from Christian turned atheist Dan Barker says:

The mind of a god would be at least as complex and orderly as the rest of nature and would be subject to the same question: Who made god? If a god can be thought eternal, then so … continue reading...

Village of Holmen Dodges Church and State Conflict, Sells Land to Lions Club, Shuns Atheist Groups

Tonight at their council meeting the trustees of the village of Holmen voted unanimously to approve the sale of a tiny piece of property with a star on it- which can be lighted as a cross during Easter- for $600.   The property had been appraised at $100.00.  Six times the appraisal value might seem a little odd… but the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association had bid somewhere in the realm of $1,200 for the property, vowing to remove the cross for sure, and in the case of the FFRF, the star as well (we can suppose … continue reading...

Church and State Separation Issues Strike Holmen and the Cross on Star Hill

The national issue about religious icons (read: Christian symbols) on public land has struck very close to home. This link will give some background to the whole affair but there are a few other things of note which perhaps in due time I will speak to. I have strong feelings about such issues and have spoken about other areas. It doesn’t make sense not to chronicle the situation and opine on it on my own blog since I actually live in the vicinity of the offending cross. So here goes.

As the article explains, in a purchase for other purposes, … continue reading...