Angry atheists etc.

Last night I gave a talk on "Angry Atheists and Soulless Scientists: Stereotypes of nonbelief in the era of the 'New Atheism'". The link is to the slides of the talk (.pptx). It was interesting, especially the discussion that followed.Thanks to all the readers here who helped me when I asked about common stereotypes about nonbelief a few months ago. … [Read more...]

Adoration of science

Vic Stenger has a very nice slogan: "Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."It's nice and catchy. Memorable. It inspires my envy, because I'll never come up with anything that good. It's too bad I find myself in such disagreement with what it actually says.I guess a common objection might be to ask whether it's fair to blame religion in such a blanket sense. But that's not my gripe. In context, Stenger is saying that it takes something like a set of beliefs in … [Read more...]

Can there be an effective reply to the Kalam Cosmological Argument persuasive for the ‘common man or woman,’ and for commonsensible philosophers?

Joshua Rasmussen’s post “More Reflections on Bill Craig and Wes Morriston on the Kalam Cosmological Argument” (April 29, 2009), accessible at http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/archives/2009/04/, has initiated many interesting and thoughtful comments about the merits of the KCA. Rasmussen had occasion to remark in his initial post: “My sense is that the Kalam argument is more likely to appeal to the common man or woman than to your average philosopher. From the common man’s perspective, … [Read more...]