Post the First, by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Dear Bleaders,Hecht here. I’m new in these parts so will start with a few introductory introductions. To wit, I call anyone reading any blog I write my “bleader” for the obvious wordscrunch and also because I like reminding us that we are mortal. Also while often “breeder” means nesting heterosexual, blood is something many artists symbolically gush on the blank canvas of existence. So that’s you. I’m Jennifer. Jennifer Michael Hecht.I used to blog a lot, over on the Best American Poetry site, an … [Read more...]

Links and News — 19-Nov-11

Moment of Zen:"Best Statistics Question Ever" (be sure to read not only the question but at least some of the 700+ comments posted so far)Exchanges Involving Secular Outpost Contributors:Defending the Argument from ConsciousnessCf. Oppy's recent post regarding the exchangeStephen Law and Ed Feser have an ongoing exchange regarding Law's evil God challenge (EGC): see here, here, here, here, here.Cf. the recent post by a Christian apologist named Martin--who thinks Law won his debate with … [Read more...]

Help Wanted – Part 4

A key premise in Swinburne's (deductive) argument in defense of his inductive version of the Cosmological argument (TCA) goes like this:(TCA9) The probability that there will be a complex physical universe given that God does not exist is low. (EOG, p.151)Swinburne has provided an explanation of his reasoning in support of this premise (in email dated 10/24/11), and I am working my way through that explanation.P(e &~h&~c&k;) will be the probability that a complex physical universe … [Read more...]

God, Multi-verses, and Modal Realism

I have heard in various quarters recently the claim that Lewis' version of modal realism is (a) just a kind of multi-verse theory; and (b) intrinsically incompatible with theism. A partial discussion of this issue may be found in the pages of Philosophia Christi:Richard Davis 'God and Modal Concretism' Philosophia Christi 10, 1, 2008, 57-74Graham Oppy 'Reply to Richard Davis' Philosophia Christi 11, 2, 2009, 423-36Richard Davis 'Oppy and Modal Theistic Proofs' Philosophia Christi 11, 2, 2009, … [Read more...]

Moreland on Consciousness

Re: have been some further developments in this discussion. See:Graham Oppy "Critical Notice of J. P. Moreland's Consciousness and the Existence of God" European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3, 1, 2011, 193-212J. P. Moreland "Oppy on the Argument from Consciousness: A Rejoinder" European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3, 1, 2011, 213-226Graham Oppy "Consciousness in not Evidence for Theism" in C. Meister, J. … [Read more...]

The Argument from Scale (AS) Revisited, Part 3

In part 2 of my series on the evidential Argument from Scale (AS), I concluded that neither metaphysical naturalism nor theism explain the evidence regarding the scale of the universe, if we restrict our background knowledge to the two propositions I identified as B1 and B2. In this post, I want to explore the effect of adding a new statement (B3) to our background knowledge:B3. God's purpose(s) include the creation of embodied moral agents.I want to emphasize that I don't claim theism … [Read more...]

Hume’s Beautiful Argument

In two of my classes this term we have been reading Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Whenever I read his Section X, “Of Miracles,” I am once again struck by the beauty, simplicity, and the power of his argument. Oceans of ink have been spilled by philosophers commenting on this argument, and many of those comments have been critical, often harshly so. Hume himself was rather proud of his reasoning on miracles:Nothing is so convenient as an argument of this kind, which must at lea … [Read more...]

Radio Think Atheist

Here is a link to a recent radio recording: may be of interest to some people who read this blog. … [Read more...]