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This is just a reminder. I'll be teaching an online class based on my book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in November at secularactivism.org. Of it Dr. James Lindsay says:The Outsider Test for Faithis a silver bullet argument for understanding how to grapple with the religious diversity of our world and how to answer the central question raised by it: How can we know which religion, if any, is true?”Dr. Richard Carrier says of it:Though this idea has been voiced before, Loftus is the first to name it, rigorize it, and give it an extensive philosophical defense…The end result is one of the most effective and powerful arguments for atheism there is. It is, in effect, a covering argument that subsumes all other arguments for atheism into a common frameworkSign up today!
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Even though I have master's degrees in the Philosophy of Religion (PoR), I have argued this discipline doesn't deserve a place in secular universities. I've said why in that link (in reverse chronological order). Let me stress a major criticism of the discipline. It usually doesn't deal in concrete biblical examples, and when it does, it takes for granted what no reasonable person should. I prefer to deal in terms of concrete biblical examples by far, so I cannot grant for the sake of argument most of the things philosophers of religion do. PoR departments are dominated by Christians in America, and most of them are evangelical leaning professors. Most of the published work in this discipline is likewise written by Christians. It's the last bastion for evangelicals who cannot defend what they believe because of the evidence coming from evolution, neurology, archaeology, comparative religion analysis, and biblical criticism. Being a philosopher of religion specializing in the analysis of ancient religions and a biblical scholar to boot, Dr. Jaco Gericke has said, "The trouble with William Lane Craig and and Alvin Plantinga is that their philosophy of religion conveniently ignores the problems posed for their views by the history of Israelite religion. They might as well try to prove Zeus exists. People sometimes forget 'God' used to be Yahweh and it is possible to prove from textual evidence that 'there ain't no such animal.'" Evangelical PoR is simply a Fundamentalism on Stilts. In fact, all Christian PoR is special pleading by degrees. It is pseudo-philosophy just as much as creationism is pseudo-science.Read more »
Methodist Chapel, Bentlawnt, Shropshire, UK
Exclusive: New figures reveal massive decline in religious affiliation | Christian News on Christian Today
That sensational headline isn't mine, it's from Christian Today, a mainstream online magazine for Christians, and it couldn't be more apposite.
The results of a large, 20,000 person survey by 2015 British Election Study, published on the British Religion in Numbers website, make gloomy reading for people who earn their living from religion. The decline has been little short of catastrophic and however you look at them, there are few crumbs of comfort for the Christian Churches.
This is a very familiar chart to anyone interested in changes in religious beliefs in the UK. It is broadly in line with changes seen over much of the developed world and especially in Western Europe since WWII. Over this period in the UK Anglicanism, and most other Christian Church affiliation such as Methodism, has declined sharply from a combined total of well over 90% to now under 50%. Over the same period there has been almost a ten-fold increase in non-belief, going from below 5% in 1963 to approaching 50% in 2014.
The only crumb of comfort here for Christians is that the figures for the Catholic Church appear to have held up - until, that is, you look below the surface and see that the downward trend has only been kept in check by immigration from the newer EU member states in Eastern Europe, most notably from Poland. Islam has also increased due to immigration but remains very much a minority religion.
These changes stand out even more starkly when plotted as net change since 1963.
There is very little evidence of movement between religions; almost all the swing has been over to non-belief. In other words, this is a massive rejection of religion itself, not just one flavour of it. It has even been suggested that the Methodist Church faces extinction in the UK within the next 20 years. Contrast this with the period when Methodism, Baptism and Presbyterianism were growing in the UK when disillusion with the established church was reflected in a move into non-conformist Christian religions. Non-belief gained very little. Now, it's religion itself which is being rejected.
To get a glimpse of what the future holds for religion in the UK we only need look at the distribution of religious affiliation by age group. The generation who were in their mid 20's in 1963, and who were overwhelmingly Christian, are now in their 70's. Some 60% of those still identify as Christian (down from some 90% in 1963), showing that once religious beliefs have become established by about 20-30, they tend to change only reluctantly.
On the other hand, the younger the age-group the less likely they are to have any religion and the more likely people are to identify as non-believing. Those in the 18-24 year-old age group are over 60% non-believing and are likely to change little over the rest of their lives. This is the generation which will produce the next generation and the evidence is that non-believing parents are far more likely to have non-believing children than are believers.
ChristianTodayAtheist releases 'Me & Dog' to counter Christian book 'Heaven Is For Real'ChristianTodayAn atheist has written and published a children's book entitled "Me & Dog" in response to the popular Christian book, "Heaven Is for Real," which is based on a true story of a boy's journey to heaven and back. Weingartena wrote for the Washington Post:
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TheBlaze.com'Foul Load of Phony…Crap': Author Takes Aim at 'Heaven Is For Real' With ...TheBlaze.comWeingarten, an atheist, told TheBlaze Tuesday that he was motivated to write the book based on experiences he had with his own dog (who, coincidentally, is also named Murphy). But that wasn't the only reason the writer penned his first kids' book.“Heaven Is For Real” Countered By Atheist Gene Weingarten's “Me & Dog”WebProNewsAtheist releases 'Me & Dog' to counter Christian book 'Heaven Is For Real'ChristianTodayall 3 news articles
Carolyn Hyppolite has written what I consider a masterful first person account of her struggles with the Christian faith explaining why she came to reject it. In this intelligent book she highlights the intellectual hypocrisy of Christians, how their faith denigrates women, how it fails to deal honestly with religious diversity, the absence of God in the world, the problem of suffering, and more. Ultimately she highlights the irrationality of faith itself. She is not alone by any stretch. Her numbers are growing every day. She’s just sharing what so many of us have concluded on our behalf. Highly recommended! It deserves a wide readership.On Amazon she tells us:Read more »
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