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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

So apparently an atheist[1] in Leesburg, Virginia decided to erect a "holiday" display which consists of a skeleton dressed as Santa being crucified. LINKPictures of this stunt are also available in your local neighborhood library's encyclopedia, under the following entries:Offensive -- unnecessarily offensive, to be preciseStupidHow Not to Win Friends and Influence PeopleSeems to me that someone needs to relearn the lesson about "just because you have the legal right to do something doesn't … [Read more...]

Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2007

1. "Quantum Magic"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2007/11/quantum-magic.html2. "Encountering Naturalism"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2007/10/encountering-naturalism.html3. "Infidel Publishing in Turkey"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2007/11/infidel-publishing-in-turkey.html4. "A Metaphysical Naturalist Manifesto"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2007/07/metaphysical-naturalist-manifesto.html5. "Clark Adams, RIP"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2007/05/clark-adams-rip.html6. … [Read more...]

Edward Feser on Dawkins’ Refusal to Debate WLC

As I've written before, I'm a huge fan of the work Richard Dawkins has done to promote science and reason. I think he is at his best when he he talks or writes about science and especially his primary area of expertise, biology. Dawkins' book, The Blind Watchmaker, had a big influence on me a long time ago, so much so that I dedicated The Empty Tomb to Dawkins.  On the other hand, philosophy of religion is not Dawkins' area of expertise; his book The God Delusion is not nearly as well … [Read more...]

Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2006

Here is an index of our top ten most popular posts from 2006. 1. "New Blog: The Ex-Apologist"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/11/new-blog-ex-apologist.html2. "Who Is the Most Prominent Atheist?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/07/who-is-most-prominent-atheist.html3. "An Atheist Visits Christian Forums"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/01/atheist-visits-christian-forums.html4. "Could an Atheist Pass a Lie Detector Test while Proclaiming … [Read more...]

Best Atheist Debate Performances (revised 3-Apr-14)

The Secular Outpost seems to consistently get a lot of traffic from people who are doing Internet searches for "best atheist debaters." This post is for them.This post was originally titled "Best Atheist Debaters." Just as I changed the old post "Worst Atheist Debaters" to "Worst Atheist Debate Performances," I've changed this post from "Best Atheist Debate Performances." The logic is simple: anyone can get lucky and have an exceptionally good day or exceptionally bad day. So with that … [Read more...]

Review of J.L. Schellenberg’s The Wisdom to Doubt: Index

The purpose of this post is to serve as an index or hub page for all of the posts in my series on Schellenberg's important book. Book ReviewedOur RatingTitle: The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious SkepticismAuthor: J.L. SchellenbergPublisher: Cornell University PressPublication Date: 2007List Price: $45.95Must ReadSummary: This book is a "must-read" for anyone interested in philosophy of religion.Contents and Detailed Review:The book's table of contents is reproduced below; links to … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 4: Michael Martin’s Expanded Version

A. The Arguments FormulatedIn chapter 13 of Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, Michael Martin argues that Salmon's arguments can be expanded to provide a powerful case for atheism: If Salmon's arguments concerning the unique properties of God are restated and expanded, they provide a powerful inductive case for positive atheism in the narrow sense. The theistic God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, disembodied person who created the universe out of nothing. If it can be shown … [Read more...]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

 'No more virgins' Corrected VersionAccording to the UK's Daily Mall, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council has warned that repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in "no more virgins." The Daily Mall states that the religious council's report "warns that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’." Futhermore, "Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claim, there would be ‘no more vir … [Read more...]


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