The Evidential Argument from the History of Science (AHS)

Informal Statement of the ArgumentIf there is a single theme unifying the history of science, it is that naturalistic explanations work. The history of science contains numerous examples of naturalistic explanations replacing supernatural ones and no examples of supernatural explanations replacing naturalistic ones. Indeed, naturalistic explanations have been so successful that even most scientific theists concede that supernatural explanations are, in general, implausible, even on the … [Read more...]

LINK: Draper on Naturalism, Theism, and the Burden of Proof Ex-Apologist … [Read more...]

LINKS: Scientific American Summarizes the Cases For and Against the Multiverse

"The Case for Parallel Universes: Why the multiverse, crazy as it sounds, is a solid scientific idea" by Alexander Vilenkin and Max Tegmark (HT: Explicit Atheist)"Does the Multiverse Really Exist?" by George Ellis … [Read more...]

The Cases For and Against Christianity in 30 Minutes or Less

"The Case for Christianity in 15 Minutes or Less" by J.W. Wartick"The Case Against Christianity in 15 Minutes or Less" by A is for AtheistHT: Debunking Christianity … [Read more...]

Audience Poll: What Questions Would You Like to See Addressed on the Secular Outpost?

(We haven't made as much progress as I would like on implementing the suggestions already provided, but I'm redating this point anyway to solicit more suggestions.)If there is a topic you'd like to see authors of The Secular Outpost address, please post a comment below and suggest it. … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Multiverse Skeptic

Okay, the title of my post is a little misleading. A more accurate, but less catchy, title for my post would be, "Confessions of a Skeptic of the Multiverse Objection to the Fine-Tuning Argument." Whew! Just trying saying that five times fast!On a serious note, I've mentioned before that I am not convinced by appeals to the multiverse hypothesis to probabilistic versions of the fine-tuning argument (FTA). In this post, I will try to explain why.Informal Critique of the Multiverse … [Read more...]

Gervais and Norenzayan: Analytical Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief

Abstract: Scientific interest in the cognitive underpinnings of religious belief has grown in recent years. However, to date, little experimental research has focused on the cognitive processes that may promote religious disbelief. The present studies apply a dual-process model of cognitive processing to this problem, testing the hypothesis that analytic processing promotes religious disbelief. Individual differences in the tendency to analytically override initially flawed intuitions in … [Read more...]

LINK: 3 Reasons Young Americans are Giving Up on God

According to The Week, young Americans are "giving up" on God for three reasons.1. Fundamentalists are turning off some young people2. Atheists and agnostic role models are getting more vocal3. Liberal attacks on religion are to blameHmmm... Assuming the statistical data reported by this article is accurate, I think the title is misleading. Yes, the percentage of people who "never doubt the existence of God" may have decreased, but it still is a supermajority.Also, I think this article missed a … [Read more...]