Dualism is Unhealthy

No, seriously. (LINK)"The fact that the simple priming procedures used in the studies had an immediate impact on health-related attitudes and behavior suggests that these procedures may eventually have profound implications for real-life problems. Interventions that reduce dualistic beliefs through priming could be one way to help promote healthier -- or less self-damaging -- behaviors in at-risk populations." … [Read more...]

Draft for comments please

Here's a rough draft of half of a chapter I am contributing to an edited volume. Comments and feedback please. Very bestStephen   What are science and reason?       Humanists expound the virtues of science and reason. But what are science and reason? And we should we think it wise to rely on them?       By science, I shall mean that approach to finding out about reality based on the scientific method. This is a method that was f … [Read more...]

Atheistic Moral Realism – Part 2

I am going to engage in a bit of logic chopping now.  But for those who do not have an appreciation for logic chopping, do not despair;  my close examination of the bark on one tree will lead me to make some broader points that have significance for philosophy of religion, ethics, and serious thinking about God.  The broader points might even have some relevance to evaluation of William Craig's argument from the Existence of Objective Moral Values (Let's rearrange those words a bit: "Moral Ob … [Read more...]

Atheistic Moral Realism – Part 1

In his essay "Why I Believe God Exists", William Craig gives three main reasons for believing in God (Why I am a Christian - hereafter: WIAC - edited by Norman Geisler and Paul Hoffman, Baker Books, 2001, p.62-80):God makes sense of the origin of the universe (the Kalam Cosmological argument, p.62-68) God makes sense of the complex order in the universe (the Fine Tuning argument, p.68-74). God makes sense of objective moral values in the world (his argument from the Existence of … [Read more...]

Materialism and Beauty

In response to a post by Victor Reppert, I left the following comments on his blog. Victor -- I'm very late to this thread, but I hope you'll respond to this comment. I read the linked article. Maybe I misunderstood it, but it seems to me that even if everything that article said were correct, it wouldn't follow that materialism cannot explain beauty. What that article talked about is one recent attempt by neuroscientists to offer a (neuro-)scientific explanation for beauty, an attempt … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Robert Gagnon’s “Secular Case against Cultural Endorsement of Homosexual Behavior”

I’ve often suspected that the only valid* reasons for opposing homosexual behavior were religious ones, so I was very interested to read Gagnon’s self-described “secular case.” I view it as a “good thing” that religious opponents even feel the need to offer a “secular case” because there was a time when a list of Bible verses probably would have been sufficient to settle the matter. So what are his secular objections to homosexual behavior? 1) The nature argument. Marriage is not just about … [Read more...]

Robert M. Price on Westboro Atheists

For the April issue of Zarathustra Speaks, Robert M. Price has published a well-written essay describing what he calls "Westboro Atheists." I agree with pretty much everything he writes, especially this: This is why I cringe every time I hear about the latest attempts of the Freedom from Religion Foundation to scour every expression of faith from the public square. He then goes on to write this: Just today I dropped by Town Hall to pay my utility bill, under the wire, I might add, and I was … [Read more...]

Bollocks Venn Diagram

Check this out:https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555126_545134965509748_787704957_n.pngThis is terrific! I note that Scientology lies in the intersection of all four categories of nonsense. I guess that means that it is the most irrational of all. … [Read more...]