Is Theism Explanatorily Bankrupt?

A very brief email exchange between a Christian and Gregory Dawes (author of Theism and Explanation).LINK … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig on the Prior Probability of the Resurrection

Prior to examining the specific evidence for and against Jesus' resurrection, how probable is it that God raised Jesus from the dead? According to many Christian apologists, the answer is "not low" -- at least, the answer is "not low" for theists. Are they right?For example, here is William Lane Craig:Dr. Ehrman just assumes that the probability of the resurrection on our background knowledge [Pr(R/B)] is very low. But here, I think, he’s confused. What, after all, is the resurrection h … [Read more...]

CNN: Washington to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Washington State's new law allowing same-sex marriages has gone into effect! I'm proud of my state tonight.LINK … [Read more...]

An Explanatory Argument from Moral Ontology against Metaphysical Naturalism (v2.0)

(The following is a revised version of my "Arguing from Moral Ontology by Eliminating Nontheistic Alternatives.")1. Definitions Moral ontology is the branch of meta-ethics concerned with the ontology or metaphysics of moral facts and properties.  Within the field of moral ontology, it is a commonplace that the nature of moral facts and properties fall into one of three categories: natural, nonnatural, or supernatural.  In order to define these three categories, allow me to first … [Read more...]

Query

Say, just as a matter of interest, can anybody tell me who or what determines which ads are displayed when we look at Secular Outpost? I have been getting one that says "Liberty University: Training Champions for Christ since 1971." It has a faint image of someone who seems to be having an orgasm. Is it kind of peculiar that an atheist site would be carrying ads for fundamentalist schools (Liberty was founded by Jerry Falwell)? Also, there is one ad saying that three people have unfriended me … [Read more...]

Bristol University’s Christian Union Bans Women From Speaking

...unless they are accompanied by their husbands. No, really.LINK … [Read more...]

Brooke Alan Trisel: God’s Silence as an Epistemological Concern

No abstract of the argument is available, but I did find a summary of the main argument.(1) If humankind was created for a purpose by God and had a role to play in carrying out thispurpose, then God would want us to have a possibility of achieving our role so that he wouldhave a possibility of achieving his goal.(2) For us to have a possibility of achieving the purpose for which we were created, we would needto understand our role in carrying out this purpose.(3) The purpose for which humanity … [Read more...]

John Post’s Book on Naturalism and Ethics

I just discovered this book while linking to John Post's home page in my last post.From Nature to Norms: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Morals (BookSurge, 2008)Book Description:A meticulously scripted and thoughtfully considered monograph about the abyss between morality and biology, From Nature to Norm: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Morals proves as inventive as it is original. It combines the highest degree of originality with careful attention to potential objections, all in accord with … [Read more...]


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