Interview with Alvin Plantinga on Where the Conflict Really Lies

This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict.
This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict. [More]

God and the 12 Percent

Eric Weiner reflects on the state of religion as the Christmas holiday approaches. In a New York Times article, he observes that there is are a number of people who prefer not to affiliate with any formal religious system but who find that abandoning God altogether isn’t attractive.
Eric Weiner reflects on the state of religion as the Christmas holiday approaches. In a New York Times article, he observes that there is are a number of people who prefer not to affiliate with any formal religious system but who find that abandoning God altogether isn’t attractive. [More]

Plantinga and the Debate Between Science and Religion

This podcast is a recording that was made in August of 2007 at Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church in Seattle Washington. The speaker is Dr. Alvin Plantinga and the title of the talk is
“Religion and Science: Why does the Debate Continue?” This 2007 lecture is of particular interest because this month Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. [More]

Interview with Peter Boghossian

In this podcast, we talk to professor Peter Boghossian about his view of the role of the educator and why he thinks faith claims should be given no countenance in the classroom. We also discuss his work with prisoners and how he thinks the Socratic method should be used as a philosophical tool.
In this podcast, we talk to professor Peter Boghossian about his view of the role of the educator and why he thinks faith claims should be given no countenance in the classroom. We also discuss his work with prisoners and how he thinks the Socratic method should be used as a philosophical tool. [More]

Philosophy Professor to Students: You’re Wrong

A Portland State University professor believes that “the primary goal of every academic should be to bring students’ beliefs into lawful alignment with reality.” The problem is that our access to the truth about what is real is, many times, unclear and beyond our reach.
A Portland State University professor believes that “the primary goal of every academic should be to bring students’ beliefs into lawful alignment with reality.” The problem is that our access to the truth about what is real is, many times, unclear and beyond our reach. [More]

So Long Old Time Religion

Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next?
Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next? [More]

Is Religion to Blame–Part III

War and conflict are not unique to religion as they are not unique to atheism. The problem is not religion or anti-religion, the problem is human nature itself. Equally important is the central message of the ideology in question.
War and conflict are not unique to religion as they are not unique to atheism. The problem is not religion or anti-religion, the problem is human nature itself. Equally important is the central message of the ideology in question. [More]

New Book by Alvin Plantinga on Science and Religion

Plantinga takes on the New Atheism in his upcoming book, Where the Conflict Really Lies. Stay tuned for more information. A friend recently made me aware of this book in which one of the worlds foremost Christian philosophers will seek to address many of the arguments being proffered by New Atheist... [More]

Is Religion to Blame? Part 2

In Part 2 of this series for Table Talk Rick Pimentel considers whether religion should be blamed as the primary cause of war both historically and in the present.
In Part 2 of this series for Table Talk Rick Pimentel considers whether religion should be blamed as the primary cause of war both historically and in the present. [More]

Article on The New Atheism on the Huffington Post

I just published my second article on The Huffington Post. In this article, I take a brief look at whether the New Atheist movement really deserves the adjective “new.” I argue that it does but not for the reasons you might think. The general consensus on the part of professional philosophers on... [More]