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The purpose this post is to provide an index for all Secular Outpost articles regarding the evidential argument from scale (AS) for naturalism.
"The Argument from Scale Revisited" by Jeffery Jay Lowder
Part 1: a critical assessment of Nicholas Everitt’s version of the AS, as formulated in his book The Non-Existence of God
Part 2: an attempt to strengthen Everitt’s argument by restructuring it as a Bayesian argument and appealing to a modified set of background information. I also critically assess the idea that efficiency provides an antecedent reason on theism to expect the universe to display a human scale.
Part 2 (revised): a revised version of Part 2, which explicitly treats the idea that "humans are the jewel of creation" as an auxiliary hypothesis to be conjoined with theism
Part 3: an attempt to strengthen the argument in Part 2 by adding to our background information the assumption that God, if He exists, desires the creation of embodied moral agents.
Part 4: an attempt to formalize a version of AS sketched by Paul Draper in his essay, "Seeking But Not Believing: Confessions of a Practicing Agnostic."
Part 5: an evaluation of a blog post by John Loftus arguing that the size of the universe is evidence for atheism.
“An Argument from Scale—Poster Style” by Jeffery Jay Lowder
“Scalar Connection to Meaning of Life?” by Jeffery Jay Lowder
"The Scale of the Universe as Evidence for Naturalism?" by Jeffery Jay Lowder
"LINK: Mark Wynn’s Review of The Non-existence of God by Nicholas Everitt"