Faith Fails; Use Skepticism To Appraise Religion, Find Truth

May 7, 2013
John Loftus

John Loftus

Believers Should Be Skeptical of Their Religion – And Worried, An Interview With John Loftus

Minister-turned-atheist and author John Loftus and I consider how to appraise religions skeptically and fairly. We talk about issues raised in his new book, The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True. In the 1980s Loftus earned three masters degrees in theology and studied under the tutelage of prominent Christian apologist William Lane Craig. He spent 14 years in Christian ministry, and in the 1990s experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In 2008 he published a book titled Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. After my discussion with Loftus I’ll refute some arguments I recently discovered while visiting Christian apologetic websites. These claims are directly related to Loftus’ book and our conversation. That is at the end of the podcast (at the 33:15 mark).

MP3 File
(43 minutes, 36 seconds, 20.93 MB)

Here are some links mentioned in this podcast:
Faith: ‘wishful thinking’? by Steve Wilkinson at the Christian Apologetics Alliance
Common Objection #19- “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” by Chad at Truthbomb Apologetics
Can Science Lead to Faith? by Gary Marcus at The New Yorker

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3 Responses to Faith Fails; Use Skepticism To Appraise Religion, Find Truth

  1. May 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    “The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True.”
    That is a rather odd title. It is pretty obvious from even the most cursory glance that none of them could be completely true, because all have statements counter to direct observation. You should allow for that possibility in the title.

    • Stuart
      May 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      I think it might be a very clever title. I bet lots of bible-thumpers, muslim fanatics, hindu extremists, etc., might be eager to see their religions certifeid as “true.” They will be in for a surprise.

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