Jeff’s Picks — 7-Jul-12

I have a huge list of links to share this time. Morality Uncredible Hallq reblogs a really good comparison between God and an abusive boyfriend. Dr. Peter Boghossian talks about the ethics of atheism on Freedomain Radio. (HT: The Morning Heresy)Self-described atheist Jesse Bering has written an essay in Salon entitled, "Don't Trust the Godless." Richard Dawkins argues, "Don't Need God to be Good ... or Generous"Editor's Note (Lowder): Dawkin's argument reminds me of Victor Reppert's … [Read more...]

Hardening Their Hearts: Intentional Hiddenness Argument

The argument from Divine Hiddenness[1] put forth by J.L. Schellenberg argues that if a perfectly loving God exists, then all creatures (who haven’t freely shut themselves off from God) capable of having a meaningful relationship with God ought to be able to by just attempting to. In order to have a meaningful relationship with God, one must first believe in God. However, according to Schellenberg, there is “nonresistant nonbelief”, which means that there exist creatures who disbelieve God exists … [Read more...]

Review of The Privileged Planet by William Jefferys

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D Rizdek’s Objection to Fine-Tuning Arguments for God’s Existence

D Rizdek at Debunking Christianity tries to turn the tables on defenders of fine-tuning arguments for God's existence; he says that apparent fine-tuning only makes sense if there is no God.LINK (HT: The A-Unicornist)It's a short post, so go read it. Then I'd love to read your answers to this question: is that a good defeater to fine-tuning arguments? … [Read more...]

Girl Guides in Australia drop their promise to serve God and the Queen

Something tells me we won't see similar changes at the Boy Scouts of America anytime soon.LINK … [Read more...]

From Victor Stenger: Higgs and Significance

(Reblogged on behalf of Victor Stenger. This article was originally published on The Huffington Post here.)As the world knows, on July 4 it was announced that the Higgs boson, or a reasonable facsimile, has been seen by two independent experiments at CERN. The statistical significance reported was expressed as "5-sigma." Let's look at what this means.When subatomic particles are smashed together at high energy, they create a complex mix of secondary particles. Before you can claim a new … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Matt DeStefano to the Secular Outpost!

I'm pleased to announce that Matt DeStefano has joined The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Here is a quick autobiography by Matt.I grew up as an Evangelical Christian, but I began to seriously doubt the basic tenets of my faith after reading major philosophical works pertaining to religion. I eventually saw my faith as untenable, and abandoned it for a largely naturalist perspective. I have a BA in Philosophy (specialization in Logic & Philosophy of Science) from Sacramento State … [Read more...]

“God Particle” Discovery Means Woes for Atheists?

Check this out: http://i.imgur.com/Y69cF.png According to some Tweeters, the recent (probable) discovery of the Higgs Boson (unfortunately tagged "The God Particle" by physicist Leon Lederman) has some people once again writing obituaries for atheism. Of course, it seems unlikely that these particular individuals have advanced degrees in physics, philosophy, or theology, so their pronouncements should be given the weight of something lighter than a Higgs Boson. Still, the response should … [Read more...]


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