Catch Up Before You Speak Up

Luke Muehlhauser admonishes his fellow atheists to do a better job of catching up with the current states of various aspects of the scholarly debate between theism and atheism before presuming to publicly debate theists.  He gives a couple instructive examples of failure to do so: In a debate with theist Bill Craig, agnostic Bart Ehrman [Read More...]

Atheist Philosopher Of Religion Keith Parsons Abandons Theism Debate And Calls Theist Positions Frauds

This happened during last semester when I was less capable of blogging in a timely manner.  Now that there’s a fresh article on it, I thought I would highlight this piece by Julia Galef summarizing what went down (particularly because it adds even a little more kindling to the excellent debate among the Camels With [Read More...]

Against Accommodationism: Religion Has NO Rightful Claim To An Unencroachable “Magisterium” Of Its Own

Chris Mooney is an accommodationist.  In the conflict between science and faith, he is the sort of atheistic science defender who wants to minimize all appearance (and existence) of conflict between religious and scientific ideas because he thinks that vital public policy on matters like climate change hinges on scientists’ abilities to garner trust, cooperation, [Read More...]

1st TOP Q: “How, If At All, Can People’s Claims To Simply Intuit That There Is A God Be Rationally Refuted Or Supported?”

Today’s inaugural open philosophical question is inspired by a good question raised this summer by long time friend of Camels With Hammers George W. of the blog Misplaced Grace. I am going to slightly modify his question since it involves addressing a particularly weak and willfully illogical form of an argument for the ability to [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: The Evidence-Impervious Agnostic Theists

A vast majority of believers, though probably not all, believed in God before they ever encountered any arguments for its existence.  For obvious cultural and psychological reasons, the concept of God is intuitively understandable and believable for most children and by far most believers start believing in childhood.  Even those who spend a short time as [Read More...]

Refutation Of Irreducible Complexity Arguments

The great Qualia Soup is back, with a video explaining the problems with the anti-evolution arguments which rely on the idea of irreducible complexity. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Could An Omnipotent God Know It Is Omnipotent?

Juan Sanchez, inspired by a little Robert Nozick, explores some problems for the concept of an omnipotent, omniscient God: Suppose you’re God: How can you be sure you’re omnipotent? Perhaps you can accomplish anything you can imagine in your own corner of reality—a lucid dreamer can say that much—but there’s some greater reality you’re not even [Read More...]

Meta-Metaphysics

Philosophy TV offers Craig Callender and Jonathan Schaffer discussing what makes metaphysical debates substantive and important or not and what the relevance and relationship of metaphysics to science is. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“The Shifting Sands of Evidence & Argument” (Why Religious Arguments Fail to Persuade)

How can we go about persuading better in debates about religious beliefs?  ProfMTH develops and, in some cases, rightfully disagrees with ideas from Jennifer Faust: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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