Tag Archives: fallacy

What if Richard Dawkins is (partly) right?

I've thought for some time now that Richard Dawkins was starting to lose a lot of credibility as a spokesman for Atheism. Calling for the arrest of the Pope probably didn't help, but I got the feeling that many middle-ground ...

Mark Driscoll strikes again: “cowards in the British church”

Oh dear. I've just spent the last few days defending Mark Driscoll (well, his new book at least) from the unfair distortions some are perpetuating, and then he just has to go and say something really misguided like this: Let’s just ...

Question Begging and Atheist Chicken.

Warning: May contain traces of rant. I'm still rather bemused by a twitter exchange I had yesterday. (If you're bored, you can read it here). Yesterday I posted a short post asking for suggestions of resources that argue for atheism, and I ...

Bad Sound Bite: You only believe because you were born in…

  This line gets trotted out quite often: “If you’d been brought up in India you’d be a hindu”. This is a fallacy. Yes, the chances are certainly higher, and it is often a contributing factor, and no doubt there are people who ...

Argument from Authority 101

This is one of those fallacies where accusations often get wrongfully bandied about. The fallacy is committed when someone asserts that something must be true because a certain person also asserts that it is so. For example, if I were to ...

Bad sound bites: If you don’t want to be ridiculed…

I've written in the past about the tendency of evangelical atheists to resort to ridicule. When the victim objects, it's often heard, for example on twitter and blogs, something like: If you don't want to be ridiculed, don't have ridiculous beliefs. To the person ...

Stupidity and circular arguments

How easily I forget how I dislike YouTube comments. Perhaps it's a case of SIWOTI syndrome, but one comment never remains so. I had a little down time yesterday morning, and didn't feel like writing anything serious so took the time ...

Pardon the strawman

I came across this post on forgiveness via Twitter. The post begins very well, jettisoning the usual atheist axiom that religion poisons everything - it's encouraging to see that not all atheists think that. But there is a problem with ...