ECREE: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?

July 1st, 2011

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence!” Ever since Carl Sagan said it, this aphorism (often abbreviated to the acronym ECREE) has been used to critique claims of miracles or the paranormal. It sounds neat and logical, and it can help you feel you have the ‘high logical ground’, but is it true?

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Atheist myths?

June 25th, 2011

Among many of the more militant atheists, there are a number of common claims made about religion. Some are fair, some are not, but they have become as entrenched as dogma. It is refreshing when one of their own argues for a more thoughtful and nuanced view.

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the exploits and adventures of david sloan wilson

June 19th, 2011

David Sloan Wilson is an eminent evolutionary biologist at Binghamton University in New York. He is an atheist “but a nice atheist”, he assures us, and he is interested in the study of religion from an evolutionary viewpoint and the use of evolutionary principles to develop community development programs. I believe we can all learn […]

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is it irrational to believe in divine healing?

June 16th, 2011

When we get desperate, most of us would like to think that miracles are possible, that the incurable disease can be cured and those told they are beyond medical help can be healed. But is there any hope that miracles are really possible? What evidence would it take for you to believe a miracle had […]

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fulfilled prophecy in the bible?

June 12th, 2011

A long time ago I read a book which (primarily) examined a bunch of Biblical prophecies which had come true in verifiable history, and attempted to estimate the mathematical probability of this happening by guesswork. The book was Science Speaks, by Peter Stoner, a college professor of mathematics and astronomy, and I have just found […]

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Who believes in God?

June 7th, 2011

The percentage of people believing in God is always of interest to me. What is the latest?

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Is it natural to believe in God?

May 30th, 2011

We all like to think we make good choices for good reasons. Those who believe in God like to think they are right in their belief, whereas atheists think believers are mistaken, sometimes even ‘delusional’. Some atheists would like to see all God-belief eliminated because they believe it does so much harm. Yet new scientific […]

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a new beginning

May 26th, 2011

Once there was a blog named is god real? on Blogger. (It still exists actually.) It was part of a website of the same name, but the two were hosted in different locations. I am transferring everything from that old site to this one, to have my own domain name, and to incorporate the blog […]

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