Archives for October 2011

LINK: Audio of Russell-Copleston Debate on God’s Existence (Part 1 of 2)

This is an excerpt from the famous BBC Radio debate between Father Frederick C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell. In this section, they discuss Leibniz's Argument from Contingency, which is a form of the Cosmological Argument. It differs from other Cosmological arguments (e.g. Kalam) in that it is consistent with an eternal universe, as it doesn't appeal to first causes, but rather the principle of sufficient reason. It can be summarized in this way:(1) Everything that exists contingently has a … [Read more...]

LINK: Gianluca Di Muzio on Theism and the Meaning of Life

Abstract Theists are inclined to assert that human life would be meaningless if there was no personal immortality and God did not exist. The present paper aims to evaluate the truth of this claim. The author first explores the conception of meaning that is at the roots of the theistic position. After pointing out some difficulties with it, the author shows that, on a plausible alternative interpretation of what it is for an activity to have meaning, human life would fully qualify as meaningful … [Read more...]

LINK: Tim Mawson’s Review of Divine Motivation Theory by Linda Zagzebski

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LINK: Andrew Wohlgemuth’s Review of The Resurrection of God Incarnate by Richard Swinburne

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LINK: Mikael Stenmark on Evolution, Purpose, and God

A number of biologists maintain that the recent developments in evolutionary biology have profound implications for religion, morality and our self-understanding. The author focuses on the issue whether evolutionary biology has any relevance for a religious understanding of the meaning of life. First, the question about the meaning of life is clarified. Second, the argument of biologists such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould and Edward O. Wilson, that evolutionary theory undermines the … [Read more...]

LINK: Mark Wynn’s Review of The Non-Existence of God by Nicholas Everitt

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LINK: Nicholas Everitt’s Review of God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist

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LINK: Brian Garvey on Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence, and the Atheist’s Teapot

AbstractAtheists often admit that there is no positive evidence for atheism. Many argue that there is nonetheless a prima facie argument, which I will refer to as the ‘teapot argument’. They liken agnosticism to remaining neutral on the existence of a teapot in outer space. The present paper argues that this analogy fails, for the person who denies such a teapot can agree with the person who affirms it regarding every other feature of the world, which is not the case with the atheist vis-a-vis th … [Read more...]