Belated Summary of 2013 London Talk, “What Apologists Don’t Want You to Know about God”

In March 2013, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak to the Central London Humanists Group. The title of my talk was, "What Apologists Don't Want You to Know about God."There was no recording of the talk, but I was just made aware that someone in the audience had taken the trouble of writing a pretty decent summary of my talk.LINK … [Read more...]

Craig, Koons, and Divine Command Theory

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Taylor Carr republished on The Secular Outpost with permission. The original post may be found on his blog, The Godless Skeptic. In a recent episode of the Reasonable Faith podcast, William Lane Craig offers his thoughts on a 2012 paper by Jeremy Koons, Can God's Goodness Save the Divine Command Theory from Euthyphro? Koons' paper is another in a growing number of critiques aimed at the divine command meta-ethics advocated by figures like Craig, Robert Adam … [Read more...]

The Demographics of Evidence About God: A Novel Argument Against Theism

Christian apologist Tom Gilson attempts to turn the tables on proponents of the argument from nonresistant nonbelief (aka the argument from divine hiddenness). According to Gilson, the fact of divine hiddenness is evidence for God's existence. Before I quote Gilson's argument from divine hiddenness to Christian theism, I first need to provide some context.1. Gilson's Defense Against the Argument from Nonresistant NonbeliefIn The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Religion, the eminent p … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 9

Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the obedience of the Israelites to the command was morally justified because the Canaanites deserved the death penalty for various serious crimes or sins which were violations of the laws of Jehovah (see his article “Killing the Canaanites”). Jones provides a list of the crimes or sins allegedly committed by the Canaanites which were (supposedly) deserving of t … [Read more...]

100 Key Psychology Studies Repeated

This is a bit off topic, but psychology has important implications for understanding religious belief and the absence of religious belief and rejection of religious belief.  One hundred key psychology experiments published in three top psychology journals in 2008 were reproduced to see if the same results were obtained as the originally published experiment.  The bottom line: about 2/3 of the studies did not hold up in terms of statistical significance, and "very few of the redone studies c … [Read more...]

On Admitting There Might Be Some Evidence for the Other Side

Note: I thought I had blogged this before, but a quick search didn't turn anything up.Have you ever noticed how rare it is for a person to admit there might be any evidence against their position, at least (or especially) when it comes to religion? I think this should make people suspicious about whether their cognitive biases are playing a larger role than they might like to admit.People can mean different things by "evidence." Solely for the sake of discussion, I'm going to define … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Summary of Objections

Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the obedience of the Israelites to the command was morally justified because the Canaanites deserved the death penalty for various serious crimes or sins which were violations of the laws of Jehovah (see his article “Killing the Canaanites”). Jones provides a list of the crimes or sins allegedly committed by the Canaanites which were (supposedly) deserving of t … [Read more...]

Naturalistic vs. Supernatural Explanations

Take any 'odd' or surprising fact to be explained (e.g., cosmic fine-tuning, origin of life, consciousness, etc.).I continue to be suprised that anyone thinks "God caused/designed/did X for an unknown reason using a mysterious mechanism" is a better explanation than "X has an unknown naturalistic explanation, i.e., X is the result of an impersonal, unknown mechanism" The first option, call it a "personal supernaturalist" (PS) explanation, involves both an unknown reason and an unknown … [Read more...]


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