Islam and Evolution discussion from 2010

I just found that the video of a discussion about Islam and Evolution that I took part in 2010 is available on the web. It turned into a more general discussion about science and religion as well. Ehab Abouheif, a biologist, leads off by explaining why evolution and Islam are compatible for him; I come in with a more skeptical point of view.Anyway, since I enjoyed this event, and I think of it as a good example of what can happen in the context of a dialogue between a believer and a nonbeliever, … [Read more...]

LINK: From Friendly Atheism to Friendly Natural Theology

Jeffery Johnson, "From Friendly Atheism to Friendly Natural Theology: The Case for Modesty in Religious Epistemology" Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy Vol. 7 2003. AbstractPhilosophical theists argue with great ingenuity and sophistication that there is excellent evidence in support of the existence of the God of western theism. Philosophical atheists argue with equal skill that the evidence is negative. Both sides can't be right. But, this seems to imply that one camp is guilty of … [Read more...]

LINK: The Myth of Militant Atheism

"[W]hile millions of atheists are indeed walking our streets, it would be difficult to find even one who could accurately be described as militant. In all of American history, it is doubtful that any person has ever been killed in the name of atheism. In fact, it would be difficult to find evidence that any American has ever even been harmed in the name of atheism. It just does not happen, because the notion of "militant atheism" is entirely fantasy."LINK … [Read more...]

LINK: Follow-up on Republicans United Against Atheists

Earlier this week, I posted a link to an article describing how Newt Gingrich questioned the trustworthiness of atheists in a Republican presidential debate. I just stumbled upon a post at another blog that examines the logical consequences of Gingrich's statement.LINK … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Victor Stenger to the Secular Outpost

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Victor Stenger has graciously agreed to join the Secular Outpost as an occasional contributor. Stenger is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has written numerous books and articles, including New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, as well as The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning, The New Atheism, Quantum Gods, Has Science Found God?, and more (click … [Read more...]

Christi-inanity

I was alerted to this by a friend who is a Methodist minister. And the United Methodists have a reputation for being one of the more open and progressive denominations.http://doroteos2.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/christi-inanity/ … [Read more...]

LINK: “God and Moral Law” by Mark Murphy

Though I disagree with his conclusions, I've always respected the writings of Christian philosopher Mark Murphy on the relationship between God and morality. He has written a book, God and the Moral Law: On the Theistic Explanation of Morality, which will be published by Oxford University Press early next year. Based on the description of the book, it sounds extremely interesting. Murphy criticizes natural law theory and divine command theory, which are the most dominant theistic accounts of … [Read more...]

LINK: The Militant Atheists Must Have Done Something *Really* Bad This Time

Hemant Mehta at the Friendly Atheist blogs about a Christian attorney's claim that "militant atheists" are out to get the Christians. LINK … [Read more...]


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