September 24, 2018

On Saturday (9/22) I was privileged to join Matthew Flannagan for a dialogue about the Euthyphro dilemma. Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity hosted the dialogue and livestreamed it from the Capturing Christianity YouTube channel. I did my best to explain why I think that there are some compelling Euthyphro-inspired objections to divine command theory, and Matthew offered powerful and thoughtful responses to these objections. In my humble opinion the conversation was thorough, thoughtful, and friendly. It is one of the… Read more

September 20, 2018

========================= II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue. 1. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness. 2. Religion is NOT the key to Virtue. ======================== MORE CAVEATS & QUALIFICATIONS ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN RELIGION & HAPPINESS 5. When a study does find a positive correlation between religion and happiness, it is usually a weak correlation. Various reviews of empirical studies on the relationship between… Read more

September 15, 2018

DOES RELIGION HAVE A POSITIVE CORRELATION WITH HAPPINESS? There are many empirical studies that appear to show that religion has a positive correlation with happiness.  However, there are a number of important caveats and qualifications that need to be taken into consideration here: Viewed in geographic terms, religion has a NEGATIVE correlation with happiness. Whether religion correlates with happiness depends on how one measures happiness. Whether religion correlates with happiness depends on how one measures religion/religiousness. In several countries religion… Read more

September 11, 2018

II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue. ============================== RELIGION AND HAPPINESS Religion or religious belief is often thought to be the key to happiness, and religion is often promoted as being the key to happiness. On the Christian website ExploreGod.com there is an article called “The Secret to Happiness” by Ben Sharp.  In it, Sharp promotes Christianity as the key to happiness: It’s in… Read more

August 22, 2018

OUTLINE I. Introduction II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. III. There is no good case for the belief that God exists (THEISM). IV. There are good reasons for rejecting the belief that God exists (ATHEISM).   I. INTRODUCTION I am going to make a case for atheism.  In order to be clear, the first thing that I need to do is to DEFINE some key terms. There is a strong and a weak… Read more

August 21, 2018

I recently appeared as a guest on an episode of the Real Atheology podcast. The co-hosts, Ben Watkins and John Lopilato, and I talked about the Euthyphro dilemma and its implications for divine command theory. You can listen to the episode below. Ben and John are great hosts and I want to thank them for inviting me. You can find Real Atheology on Facebook and YouTube; and download and listen to other episodes of the podcast here (or wherever you… Read more

August 16, 2018

Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal: 7 Excerpts From the Grand Jury Report A nearly 900-page report investigating abuse in six dioceses over a period of 70 years documents more than 300 abusive priests. ============================= How can God allow priests and bishops to sexually abuse thousands of children for decades, and allow them to work at covering up this abuse for decades? How can God allow so many corrupt and evil church leaders to exist, leaders who supposedly guide faithful Christians… Read more

August 9, 2018

One way of arguing for atheism (in the strong sense of rejection of ALL gods) is to tell a religious believer that you accept just one less god than he/she does.  Christians, for example, are unbelievers with respect to thousands of gods that others have worshiped.  Christians do NOT believe in or worship any of the following gods: Airmid: Celtic Goddess of Healing, Medicine, and Spring. Brings the dead back to life Ama no Uzume: Japanese fertility goddess who performed the lewd… Read more

July 31, 2018

In Part 23 I begin to analyze and evaluate the five remaining arguments in Kreeft’s case for God. FIVE REMAINING ARGUMENTS Although I have already shown that Kreeft’s cumulative case for God is a complete failure, I would still like to make a few comments and objections concerning the remaining five arguments: Argument #6: The Kalam Argument Argument #7: The Argument from Contingency Argument #8: The Argument from the World as an Interacting Whole Argument #9: The Argument from Miracles… Read more

July 26, 2018

In Part 15 I begin to analyze Argument #4 of Kreeft’s case: 4. The Argument from Degrees of Perfection In Argument #4, Kreeft argues for the existence of an “absolutely perfect being”.  He does strongly hint at the single most important premise of this argument: This absolutely perfect being…is God. (HCA, p.55) The most important premise of this argument is best stated as a conditional claim: D. IF an absolutely perfect being exists, THEN God exists. Kreeft provides very little support for premise (D), so Argument #4 could reasonably be set aside as yet… Read more

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