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 e … [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...]

Must Read: One of the Main Reasons Ex-Apologist Thinks Christianity is False

This was posted in 2007, but I just saw it for the first time today. EA defends an inference to the best explanation that Jesus was a failed eschatological prophet. The combox includes an exchange with "Tim," who I think is Tim McGrew.LINK (HT: Wes) … [Read more...]

Brooke Alan Trisel: Intended and Unintended Life

Abstract:Some people feel threatened by the thought that life might have arisen by chance. What is it about “chance” that some people find so threatening? If life originated by chance, this suggests that life was unintended and that it was not inevitable. It is ironic that people care about whether life in general was intended, but may not have ever wondered whether their own existence was intended by their parents. If it does not matter to us whether one's own existence was intended by on … [Read more...]


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