LINK: Jason B. Thibodeau Comments on Flannagan, Coyne, and Explaining Morality

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Review of Craig-Law Debate on God’s Existence

SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT OF "DOES GOD EXIST?" (2011)WITH WILLIAM LANE CRAIG AND STEPHEN LAW17 October 2011Westminster Central HallStoreys Gate, London SW1H 9NHby Jeffery Jay LowderCONTENTSAbout This Summary and AssessmentDebate SummaryDebate AssessmentOther Reviews of the DebateABOUT THIS SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENTAs always, while I've tried to be accurate, I don't claim this is perfect. If you find errors, omissions, or anything else you think requires editing, please send me feedback so I can … [Read more...]

Announcing New Index of Our Debates

You'll notice on the menu bar near the top of The Secular Outpost site a link to "Our Debates." If you click on that link, you'll see an index of our debates on God's existence, God and morality, and Christianity. If available, we provide links to the relevant video, audio, transcript, summary, and assessment. The "scope" of this page is limited only to our debates (e.g., debates sponsored by Internet Infidels, debates involving at least one debater affiliated with the Internet Infidels, etc.). … [Read more...]

LINK: Dave Harker on A Surprise for Horwich (and Some Advocates of the Fine-Tuning Argument (which does not include Horwich (as far as I know)))

AbstractThe judgment that a given event is epistemically improbable is necessary but insufficient for us to conclude that the event is surprising. Paul Horwich has argued that surprising events are, in addition, more probable given alternative background assumptions that are not themselves extremely improbable. I argue that Horwich’s definition fails to capture important features of surprises and offer an alternative definition that accords better with intuition. An important application of H … [Read more...]

Archbishop Says “Atheism is Cool?”

Apparently Brittain's archbishop, Rowan Williams, has said that "atheism is cool," as an explanation for why the Chuch of England finds it increasingly difficult to convey its message. Books by new atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens "get a high profile," whereas "books that say Richard Dawkins is wrong don't get the same kind of publicity because atheism is the new cool thing." As a philosophically-inclined atheist, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I'm glad that the new … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Eddie Tabash to the Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost blog team keeps growing! Eddie Tabash has accepted our invitation join The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Eddie chairs the national legal committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; chairs the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism; a lifetime member of American Atheists; and a strong supporter of Internet Infidels, Inc. Eddie has debated world famous Christian philosophers on the question of God's existence, such as … [Read more...]

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

For a transcript of the debate (including other topics discussed), follow this link:http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/copleston.htmYou can download the audio here:http://www.archive.org/details/DebateOnTheExistenceOfGodBertrandRussellV.Fr.F... … [Read more...]

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...]


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