2 comments on “God’s Not Dead

  1. Well, Brian, I’m glad you (apparently) didn’t suffer any brain damage from watching that movie but just from your description of it’s parts I’m not sure I didn’t.
    I don’t know if you’ve seen this but John Loftus in his Debunking Christianity blog has called for the ending of Philosophy of Religion classes. see ……http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.ca/2014/07/on-ending-philosophy-of-religion.html. I think this is the 1st post and there are more afterwards.
    This movie sounds like it could be used as an example of why PoR classes should be ended.

  2. I’ve read Loftus’s claims, and yeah he’s got several posts on the topic. I’ve read a couple.

    The bottom line is that Loftus is largely talking out of his ass about what is and is not taught within PoR classes. While it’s true that the majority of people teaching it are religious, this is also true for people within the Philosophy of Math departments (it appears that they’re drawn to the Platonic Realm of Math, and they often use it to argue for their faith).

    There’s no disagreement that PoR is largely taught as Philosophy of Protestant Christianity in the US, but you don’t solve the problem by banning the subject. And this is a second key failure on Loftus’s part: there’s no such thing as a ‘Philosophy of Religion Department’ so it’s not even logically possible to “end” it: a ‘subdiscipline’ is just a way to collect essays and topics in a certain way. Any essay on Epistemology that touches on god is both a Philosophy of Epistemology paper and a Philosophy of Religion paper.

    He’s just woefully misguided in this Quixotic quest.

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