Author: Dave Rowlands

More on Beliefs and Justifications

Introduction One of our authors, Davidian, here at Answers in Reason recently published an excellent article discussing the burden of proof on beliefs.  The response to this article by many atheists and sceptics on Twitter was interesting to say the least.  It received an awful lot of pushback, with many arguing that Davidian did not understand what an atheist was, what atheism was, and what the burden of proof was.  The results were the same when I tried to get......

Descartes, Scepticism, and You

Introduction There will, of course, be many contemporary sceptics and atheist who read the title and simply groan.  Dismissing the article before reading it because of some misinformed idea about Cartesian scepticism, or some excuse that they do not need to read up on scepticism because they are ‘freethinking truth-seeking sceptics’ already.  To some extent, the former cannot be blamed, for Cartesian scepticism has been the go-to of most presuppositionalists for a long time.  If that is the contemporary sceptics......

A Response to YouTuber Kristopher Mann

Introduction Note: Some edits have been made to clarify a few things. Edits will be noted. Before I begin my actual argument, I will fill in some background detail about what brought this article about.  As well as this site and our podcast, we also run both a Facebook page and a Facebook group.  Not too long ago the YouTuber Kristopher Mann appeared in the Facebook group, and began a discussion.  This discussion was part of a larger ongoing discussion......

Words are funny things!

Words are a funny thing.  They are necessary for advanced communication, but those very same words are the cause of miscommunication.  We can have entire conversations with each other, and sound like we’re talking to other, but actually be having two different conversations.  Often times people are so busy trying to ‘dispatch’ their ‘opponent’, and prove just how smart and well-informed they are, that little time is taken to actually make sure they are actually understanding their ‘opponent’.  What they......

TrolleyDave’s response to ’36 Questions for Atheists’

IntroductionA few days ago, Davidian, another of the authors here at Answers in Reason, linked me to an article titled ’36 Questions for Atheists’ on a site called ‘Adherent Apologetics’.  While generally I would not respond to an article like this, I thought it might be interesting to reply.  It is not that there is anything particularly special about this list of questions that lead me to respond, it is, essentially, a collation of all of the common questions that......

Coherent and Consistent Beliefs

A wander through the many Facebook groups, YouTube videos, and Twitter tweeters with atheism as their central subject matter will see many atheists and sceptics making the claim of being rational.  One could also look at the ‘memeosphere’ centred around atheism and scepticism to see images making claims like ‘I am a sceptic/atheist because I am rational’, and other similar memes.  What does it mean to be rational though?  That is a rather large question, and involves many questions about......

A Response to YouTuber PigPuncher

Responding to YouTubers is not something I generally do, though admittedly it is something I have often been tempted by.  However, I recently saw a video from YouTube PigPuncher that tempted me into responding.  One of the reasons that this particular video and argument tempted me is that a response to it is not only relevant to some of the comments made by PigPuncher during his stream/video, but the comments were also relevant to the larger sceptic/atheist community in general. ......

On Morality: Part 2 – Subjective Morality

n the last part of this series we discussed, and argued for, certain definitions that were important in any discussion about whether morality is subjective or objective. In this part we will be discussing the topic of subjective morality. In doing so we will cover what it means for morality to be subjective, including how subjective morality is defined, arguments for subjective morality, and rebuttals against subjective morality....

On Morality: Part 1 – Defining Our Terms

Welcome to part one of the series On Morality. In this short series of articles, we will cover the topic of objective and subjective morality, how the various terms are used, and the pros and cons for each stance. This series is a follow on, and supplement to, Davidian’s excellent article on objective morality posted previously, as well as episode three of the Fresh AiR podcast....

On Design in the Universe

The idea that there is design in the universe, and that this design is evidence of a designer, is an argument often put forward by believers.  The argument from design is one that is easy to draw the listener into, and can be quite compelling to those that look only on the surface.  When asked to ‘prove it’ the arguer need only wave his arm around pointing to their environment, or to the wider universe, and say ‘there is my......