My “Does God Exist?” debate with Dr. Ronda Chervin – now available on Youtube!

My recent recorded “Does God Exist?” debate (held on August 19, 2012 vs. Dr. Ronda Chervin) which was recorded for a special episode of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast is now available on Youtube. A remastered high-quality downloadable and streamable audio-only file is scheduled to be released as a podcast on the first Wednesday of September. This was my second recorded debate of this kind.

Dr. Chervin presented variations of Aquinas’ third and fifth ways in her opening statement.
I presented the evidential problem of natural evil, Stephen Law‘s ‘Evil God Challenge,’ and the problem of theological fatalism.

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An a priori rejection of miracles?

I uploaded a short Youtube video (rather than writing a blog post) concerning miracles.

Here’s the video description:

Do atheists/skeptics/secularists have an a priori rejection — one before any sort of experience of investigation — of miracle claims? If so, is this justified? Is this a bad thing? How do ‘believers’ of all stripes justifiably jump from “I don’t know/I can’t explain this” to “it’s a miracle” …and then ascribe the miracle to a specific source? I’m willing to accept miracle explanations if given good reasons, but what I have heard so far has been very insufficient.