Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 4

If you want something done right, then (sometimes) you have to do it yourself.I now know what my next project will be. Since, to the best of my knowledge, no Christian philosopher or apologist has made a good case for the resurrection of Jesus, I am going to build the first good case for the resurrection.First, I need to finish the article on Swinburne's case for God. That article was supposed to be finished a year ago, and I still have several months more to go before it will be completed. But, … [Read more...]

Fun with Poetic Atheism

Dear Bleaders,I’m getting the sense that atheism in these parts ('round this url) is not as, shall we say “taken for granted” as it is in my usual conversations. A good number of my usual conversations take place in my head, the ones that involve other people are still usually in New York City, and failing that, often in universities, and in any number of reform religious temples and churches that invite me to speak, i.e. I go from one den of atheism to another.  I’m surrounded by secular … [Read more...]

How to Get Published on The Secular Web: Call for Papers

As "Call for Papers Editor" for The Secular Web, I'd like to take this opportunity to advertise The Secular Web's "Call for Papers" page on the site. I recently updated the page with several new requests for original articles and book reviews for The Secular Web's "Modern Library," which is the peer-reviewed, scholarly section of the site. We welcome contributions from both nontheists and theists. … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 2: Salmon’s Argument(s) Formulated

As I read him, Salmon presents multiple arguments against the design hypothesis. Let us consider the logical form of each argument in turn. Note that all of the argument labels are mine; Salmon does not label any of his arguments in his essay.A. The Argument Against an Unspecified Intelligent Designer This is the argument Salmon sketches in section 3 of his essay. Let A be any instance of coming-into-being; B be any instance of the operation of intelligence; and C be any instance that exhibits … [Read more...]

Ted Drange on the Logical Coherence of Atheism

Theodore M. DrangeTed Drange just me the following response to Vasko Kohlmayer's column, "Atheism: Why It is Logically Incoherent."Toward the end of his essay, the author writes:But even as the atheist tries to make his point, he unwittingly falls into a trap: If his worldview were true, then the principle of non-contradiction – or any other rule of logic – would be void of meaning.Why? Because within atheism reality is ultimately composed of only matter and motion. If atheism is true, then eve … [Read more...]

War on Thanksgiving?

Many religious believers and atheists alike express regret at the crass materialism shown this time of year, when Thanksgiving now represents the prelude to a shopping spree for Christmas presents on “Black Friday.” I gained an appalling insight watching television on the Saturday after “Black Friday.” First I saw frenzied crowds of Egyptian protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, risking their lives to demand freedom. Then I saw frenzied crowds of American shoppers, trying to push others aside to s … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 1

Wesley SalmonSince Michael Martin begins his chapter on atheistic teleological arguments (ATAs) with a discussion of Wesley Salmon's 1978 article, "Religion and Science: A New Look at Hume's Dialogues," let us review Salmon's argument.[1] My goal now is simply to figure out what Salmon's argument is; I will defer an assessment of Salmon's argument until later. Some readers, especially those who are not philosophers or who are not familiar with the different interpretations of probability--may … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments: Index

I first learned about so-called "atheistic teleological arguments" (ATAs) when I read Michael Martin's Atheism: A Philosophical Justification in 1995. When I first read Martin's chapter on ATAs, I found them very puzzling. Since 1995 I have thought about them off and on but without investing the time to really understand them. Since I have learned much about Bayesian confirmation theory since 1995, I've decided to finally attempt a formal assessment of ATAs once and for all. The purpose of this … [Read more...]


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