Down with Agnosticism

Dear Bleaders,I'm against Agnosticism. I think it is hooey. Ancient Skepticism made the beautiful point that we are such imperfect sensing and thinking beings that we cannot really know anything; that everything true has an opposite that can also be argued; that true contradictions can be shown; and that irrational states of mind teach us that all states of mind are somewhat irrational-- it's always only one version of the truth. (This critique is true and solid. Science gets around it by … [Read more...]

Links and News — 21-Nov-11

Moment of Zen"Science vs. Faith Flowchart" @Unreasonable Faith"Science vs Religion Sudoko" @Unreasonable FaithInteractions Between Secular Outpost Authors and Theistic Blog AuthorsStephen Law: "Stephen Law's Incoherent 'Evil God'" by Tom Gilson (@Thinking Christian)Law's initial response, followed by back-and-forth replies by Law, Gilson, and others.Jeffery Jay Lowder: "Reply to Wintery Knight's Review of the Craig-Law Debate": I posted this on 6-Oct-11, 2-3 days after submitting my feedbck … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Scale — Index

Opening Scene from Contact 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 … [Read more...]

The Argument from Scale (AS) Revisited, Part 4

In this version, I am going to make a subtle switch in the emphasis of the argument from the scale of the universe to the fact that humans don't have a privileged position (spatially or temporally) in the universe.[1]PreliminariesB: The Relevant Background Evidence1. A physical universe, which operates according to natural laws and which supports the possibility of intelligent life, exists.2. Human beings are a type of intelligent life and exist only on Earth.3. God's purpose(s) include the … [Read more...]

Is China Blocking the Secular Outpost?

I just became aware of a report that China is blocking The Secular Outpost. I have absolutely no idea why the Chinese government would want to block The Secular Outpost or its parent domain, infidels.org, but I would be most interested in hearing from anyone who is in a position to confirm or disconfirm this.Aside: many years ago the Internet Infidels learned they were being blocked by software used by members of the Church of Scientology to access the Internet. … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day

But even if we take this argument to be an argument not for God's existence, but just for supernaturalism, it still fails. I agree with [William Lane] Craig that some moral judgments (such as 'rape is wrong') are not relative to society or culture. What I don't understand is why Craig believes this position is coherent only if supernaturalism is true. He says very little about this in the debate. In fact, instead of responding to the most serious thinkers (both theistic and atheistic) who … [Read more...]

Atheism and the difference between consistency and entailment

At Jeff Lowder's suggestion, I'm re-posting this 2008 post from my own blog here.  Although the referenced blog, The Country Shrink, no longer exists, I have replaced the links to refer to copies of the posts at the Internet Archive.---A Christian rural psychologist has posted on his blog about "some psychological aspects of atheism," where he claims that:[Atheists] tend to not be able to understand that their position means “anything goes,” with respect to morality. If there is no God, the … [Read more...]

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

This is old news, but cries out for a comment. According to The Christian Post, Josh McDowell has declared the Internet to be the greatest threat to Christians. As the editor of an Internet anthology rebutting McDowell's book Evidence That Demands a Verdict, I naturally found this announcement to be of great interest. McDowell has steadfastly refused to even acknowledge our rebuttal, much less learn from it. Speaking at the "Unshakable Truth, Relevant Faith" conference at the Billy Graham Center … [Read more...]


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