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Paul Pardi
Paul Pardi has taught philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and Green River Community College for more than 10 years. He has taught dozens of classes and seminars in churches and conferences across the country with titles like "What is Religious Knowledge" and "The New Atheism." His blog, Philosophy News Service isn't just for philosophers but for anyone interested in thinking more deeply about the world and beyond. He’s currently writing a series of essays on reason and religion in light of the New Atheist movement.

In his role as professor, Paul has taught classes in metaphysics, ancient philosophy, early modern thought, logic and worldview development and focuses most of his research on religious epistemology (knowledge about God and religion).

Paul has been a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers and has a graduate degree in philosophy from Biola University. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, three kids and a Yorkshire Terrier named Linus.

Entries by Paul Pardi

Why Faith Claims Should Be 'Corrected': A Professor's Argument

(345) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Professor Peter Boghossian of Portland State University believes that when a student makes a faith claim in a classroom, it is the professor's duty to tell them they're wrong. Because faith claims are not empirical or testable, professors should stop treating such claims with kid gloves and start corrected the...

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A Conversation With Dr. Alvin Platinga

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 7:23 AM

Dr. Alvin Plantinga has been writing and lecturing on religious belief for over fifty years and has had a tremendous amount of influence on how we think about faith. His influence has been so extensive that Christianity Today recently called him "the greatest philosopher of the last century" and "the...

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The Conspiracy Against Free Will

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 12:52 AM

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd wonder whether science is out to systematically destroy religion one idea at a time. Over the last few centuries, when the church has gone head to head with science, the church hasn't done so well. Now we're here at the beginning of the...

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Protesting Protestantism: Why Religion Must Continue To Change

(26) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 9:36 PM

Easter has come and gone. It's not uncommon around holidays like Easter for religion to get a reprieve. Christians, rightly, recognize that at least Easter remains their holiday. A relative recently forwarded a rather friendly article printed in USA Today. The article is friendly, but it also carries...

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What's So New About the New Atheism?

(746) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM

The editors of Wired magazine in 2006 used the term "new" to describe the atheistic movement initiated by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. I think they were right. In a recent article for The Huffington Post, I made the claim that religious belief in...

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Religion is Evolving Before Our Eyes

(393) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 8:26 PM

The face of religion in the United States is changing dramatically. Formal religion is constantly evolving but every so often there is a mutation, or set of mutations, so great that a new species is formed. I believe we're at the cusp of one of those changes.

This seismic...

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