Israel, Palestine, and Terror

(This is content is a bit tangential to secularism issue, but it is not entirely unrelated, so I hope I'll be forgiven for posting it here.)Prof. Jerry Cohen's chapter from my book Israel, Palestine, and Terror is available on-line here. I think it's one of the strongest pieces in the book. My own contribution (three thousand words) is pasted in below.Terror in Palestine: A Non-Violent Alternative?Stephen LawIn this volume, the philosophers Ted Honderich and Tomis Kapitan argue that … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: J.L. Schellenberg’s New Website

LINKHT: ex-apologist … [Read more...]

The Moral Laws Require a Moral Lawgiver Argument

Consider the following argument.(1) If God does not exist, then there is no divine lawgiver.(2) If there is no divine lawgiver, then there are no moral laws.(3) If there are no moral laws, then there are no moral obligations.(4) Therefore, if God does not exist, then there are no moral obligations.Why should we believe (2)? It's not hard to imagine what an argument for (2) might look like. One might argue for (2) on the basis of the following supporting argument:(5) Laws must be made by a … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: Lovering on Immoral Theistic Belief

Lovering, Rob. "On the Morality of Having Faith that God Exists", Sophia 51:1 (2012), 17-30.Abstract: Many theists who identify themselves with the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) maintain that it is perfectly acceptable to have faith that God exists. In this paper, I argue that, when believing that God exists will affect others, it is prima facie wrong to forgo attempting to believe that God exists on the basis of sufficient evidence. Lest there be any … [Read more...]

Doug Geivett: Paranoid Atheists, Take Note

I discovered this old post on Christian philosopher Doug Geivett's blog. He mentions a book by John Mickelthwaite and Adrian Wooldridge, God Is Back: How the Revival of Religion Is Changing the World. According to Geivett, the book "is a kind of protest against the excesses of paranoid atheism." From the description, the book does indeed sound interesting. … [Read more...]

Church of England Rejects Female Bishops

One of the comments at the following link pretty much sums it up: I find it amusing that a woman can be the Queen of England and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, yet a woman cannot be a Bishop in that same church.LINK … [Read more...]

The Empty Tomb: Reply to Josh and Sean McDowell

A friend informed me that Josh and Sean McDowell, in the new (revised?) edition of More Than a Carpenter (MTAC) on page 134, have offered a critique of the relocation hypothesis, which I defended in The Empty Tomb (TET). I have reviewed what they wrote. Here is a rough sketch of how I would respond.First, I could not help but notice similarities between the wording of their comments and the wording of Stephen Davis's review in Philosophia Christi. The similarities make me wonder if the McDowells … [Read more...]

Guy Kahane: Value and Philosophical Possibility

Abstract: Much seems to be at stake in metaphysical questions about God, free will or morality. One thing that could be at stake is the value of the universe we inhabit—how good or bad it is. We can think of competing philosophical positions as describing possibilities, ways the world might turn out to be, and to which value can be assigned. When, for example, people hope that God exists, or fear that we do not possess free will, they express attitudes towards these possibilities, attitudes … [Read more...]

Matt McCormick’s NPR Interview

A great interview from NPR. … [Read more...]

Keith Burgess-Jackson: Alvin Plantinga on the New Atheists

As an atheist philosopher, Keith Burgess-Jackson is not impressed by Richard Dawkins's use of contempt to attempt to win "converts" from theism to atheism.LINK … [Read more...]