LINK: New Blog: Religious Child Maltreatment

Janet Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books, 2011), the first book to take an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect caused by religious belief.Her blog may be found here: LINK … [Read more...]

Do Proponents of the Argument from Evil Try to Have it Both Ways? A Reply to David Wood

According to David Wood (see here), atheists who appeal to the argument from evil are logically inconsistent. Why? Wood offers the following explanation:For instance, atheists seem to be arguing (1) that human beings are so good that God shouldn’t allow us to suffer, and (2) that human beings are so bad that God shouldn’t have created us (or given us free will, etc.). That is, atheists are simply shocked that a good God would allow human beings to experience all sorts of pain and injustice. “Why … [Read more...]

Is God’s Existence Obvious to Everyone?

As a 'friendly atheist,' I believe that theists can be fully rational in believing that God exists. I know that some theists are 'unfriendly theists' in the sense that they believe (1) The existence of God is obvious to everyone. But why believe (1) is true? I'm aware that Romans 2 is often quoted in this context. Notice, however, that there is no logical contradiction between believing (2) There is a supernatural creator of the universeand (~1) God's existence is not obvious to everyone.One … [Read more...]

A reluctant humanist

A tragedy of life is that the longer the list of things you want to get done grows in inverse proportion to the amount of time left to get it done. Just as my pile of books to read gets bigger the fewer years I have left to sit down with them, so the number of potential projects I'd like to tackle just keeps getting larger day by day.So when I was invited to blog here at The Secular Outpost, even though I was flattered by the invitation, I was reluctant to say yes. One more thing to do, a little … [Read more...]

LINK: Is God a Moral Compromiser?

Christian scholar Thom Stark has written a book-length rebuttal to Christian philosopher Paul Copan's book, Is God a Moral Monster? (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).  The title of Stark's book is, Is God a Moral Compromiser? A Critical Review of Paul Copan's "Is God a Moral Monster?" (second ed.). Stark's entire book is available for free as a PDF file on his website.Observant readers will notice I included a "new atheism" label on this post, insofar as the new atheists criticize the morality of … [Read more...]

Botched Response to The Empty Tomb

(This article was written in 2005 or 2006, but sat in my Drafts folder while I was inactive.)Robert M. Price and I are the co-authors of a skeptical anthology on the alleged historicity of the resurrection of Jesus entitled The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave. Steve Hays recently wrote a book-length rebuttal to our book entitled, This Joyful Eastertide. When I first heard about this rebuttal, I have to confess I skipped directly to Hays' rebuttal to my chapter to read what Hays had to write. … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Raymond Bradley to the Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost is still growing! Raymond Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University (retired), has also graciously agreed to join our team blog. You can read his full and very impressive biography, along with transcripts of several debates, on the SFU website here.Please welcome Dr. Ray Bradley! … [Read more...]

LINK: Atheist Philosopher Julian Baggini Labels New Atheism “Destructive”

(This is another one for the "not new, but new for me" category.)Julian Baggini, author of the excellent book, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, explains that the four horseman of the new atheism is a "backwards step. It reinforces what I believe is a myth, that an atheist without a bishop to bash is like a fish without water."LINK … [Read more...]


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