Ted Rall comes out?

I've occasionally referred to Ted Rall, the cartoonist and author, as an example of an ultraliberal theist who was indistinguishable from a godless humanist (especially a left-wing godless humanist) on ethical matters. But in a recent column, he saysScience isn’t reconcilable with faith. Rubio knows that. But he also knows what would happen to his presidential aspirations if he admitted the truth.God is a lie.If you believe in God, you are stupid.If you think the earth is 6,000 years old, that … [Read more...]

One Reason Why Strong Pro-Gay Marriage Supporters Should Be Worried

Whether the United States and the States should authorize same-sex marriage, in my opinion, should remain a matter of federal legislative public policy, and of state constitutional law and/or legislative public policy. Therefore, I strongly oppose the thesis that the United States and/or the states as a matter of federal constitutional law are obliged to authorize same-sex marriages or their functional equivalents. I also oppose the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) by Congress, or its … [Read more...]

Recent Paper on Skeptical Theism and the Evidential Argument from Evil

I just discovered this.  Justin P. McBrayer, "CORNEA and Inductive Evidence," Faith and Philosophy 26 (2009): 77-86Abstract:One of the primary tools in the theist’s defense against “noseeum” arguments from evil is an epistemic principle concerning the Conditions Of ReasoNable Epistemic Access (CORNEA) which places an important restriction on what counts as evidence. However, CORNEA is false because it places too strong a condition on what counts as inductive evidence. If CORNEA is … [Read more...]

New Book: God and Evil (includes transcript of second Craig-Tooley Debate)

I was able to preview this book at Google Books. In so doing, I discovered that the book contains a transcript of the second debate between William Lane Craig and Michael Tooley on God's existence. It also contains a chapter on evil and divine hiddenness. … [Read more...]

Straw Manning the Opposition: a Christian Apologist on Two Common Atheist Arguments

Robin Shumacher at The Christian Post recently wrote an article entitled, "A Look at Two Common Atheist Arguments." I want to quote the first two paragraphs of the article in full.Behind my desk is a huge binder containing essays and meaty book excerpts of atheist literature. The likes of Russell, Hume, Nietzsche, Sartre, and many more scientists and philosophers make up this hefty collection of anti-Christian thought. Part of my Master’s requirement was that I read the binder in its … [Read more...]

Atheist Ethicist: Morality and God: Is This an Important Question?

Over at The Atheist Ethicist, Alonzo Fyfe asks, "Does it matter if morality is grounded in God or not?"LINK … [Read more...]

Atheist Persecution

"According to its survey of some 60 countries, the seven where expression of atheist views or defection from the official religion can bring capital punishment are Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan."LINK … [Read more...]

Taxonomy of Theistic Meta-Ethics

For years, I've been looking for a taxonomy of theistic meta-ethical theories. Since I have been unable to find one, I've attempted to create one myself. I consider this a work in progress, so if you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know and I will update the post accordingly.Theistic Theories of Deontological Properties (e.g., obligatory, permissible, forbidden)Divine Command Theory (DCT-D): Deontological properties are metaphysically grounded in God's relevant commands. … [Read more...]

Swinburne on the Perfect Goodness of God

In Chapter 11 of The Coherence of Theism (revised edition, hereafter: COT), Richard Swinburne argues (among other things) that the following sentence makes a coherent statement: (PG) There is a person who is perfectly good.Perfect goodness is one of the divine attributes that theists use to define the word 'God'.  In order to show that the statement 'God exists' makes a coherent statement, Swinburne attempts to show that each of the divine attributes that are used to define the word … [Read more...]

Is materialism “known to be false”? (Rationally Speaking)

A great post on philosophy of physics gone awry by Massimo Pigliucci.LINK … [Read more...]