TMR 151 : Dr. Mitch Stokes : How to Be an Atheist

MitchStokes"Atheists talk a lot about the importance of scepticism, but the truth is they're not nearly sceptical enough."

So maintains our guest this week, Dr. Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and author of the new book How to Be an Atheist : Why Many Skeptics Aren't Skeptical Enough, published by Crossway (2016).

While atheists typically advocate a critical stance towards religion, few are willing to adopt a similar attitude towards their own beliefs. Such a double standard sometimes leads to over-confident claims about the certainty of the grounds for atheism—claims which are, at best, logically inconsistent, and, at worst, intellectually dishonest. Turning atheists' scepticism around on their own naturalistic worldview, Mitch Stokes examines two things that such sceptics hold dear—science and morality—and reveals deep inconsistencies among their most cherished beliefs.

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[Nicholas Wolterstorff, Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, atheism, theism, Christianity, scepticism, skepticism, science, morality, philosophy, theology, apologetics, engineering, mathematics, general relativity, quantum theory, epistemology, faith, reason, empiricism, evolution, consciousness, David Hume, Thomas Nagel, Richard Dawkins, Patricia Churchland, Alexander Rosenberg, Karl Popper, Lee Smolin, George Ellis, Joe Silk, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, Lawrence Krauss, Parmenides, William Lane Craig, Glenn Peoples]

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