Religious Trauma Syndrome

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Christian Apologists Ignore the Best Objections to the Moral Argument

To be precise, there are many kinds of moral arguments for theism. The question in the title is really talking about what we might call "ontological" or "metaphysical" moral arguments, the kind which claim that we need God in order to have an "ontological foundation" for objective or absolute morality.People who defend a version of this kind of argument include a veritable "Who's Who?" of contemporary Christian apologists: C.S. Lewis (see here and here), Alvin Plantinga (see here and here), W … [Read more...]

Comments Are Working Again

But we still haven't been able to get Disqus working on that one page... yet. This is very weird. … [Read more...]

Can Atheism Support Ethical Absolutes? A Reply to Roger Olson

Roger Olson, a fellow Patheos blogger who can be found in the Evangelical channel on Patheos, has recently written a post entitled, "Can Atheism Support Ethical Absolutes? Is Ethics without Absolutes Enough?" In that post, he appeals to what has been called "Karamazov's Thesis," which is the claim (attributed to Dostoyevsky), that "If God does not exist, then everything is permitted."For readers who are interested in academic refutations of Karamazov's thesis, see refutations by Christian p … [Read more...]

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It appears that while troubleshooting the fact that we were unable to view/edit comments on one page, we've now temporarily lost the ability to view/edit comments for all pages. Working with Patheos to troubleshoot. Please stay tuned. … [Read more...]

Ex-Apologist: Blogosphere Skirmish on Whether Phil. of Religion Should Be Taught in Colleges

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Do We Need Philosophy of Religion Anymore?

This entire post, as well as its comments, are essential reading for anyone interested in the recent debate.LINK (HT: ex-apologist) … [Read more...]

Yes, Jerry, You Have the Right to Criticize the PoR

After having the audacity to publicly respond to Jerry Coyne's criticism of a previous blog post--the horror!-Jerry Coyne continues to block me from posting comments on his web site. In a recent post, he endorses John Loftus's call for the end of the philosophy of religion at secular universities. But he also begins his post with what I assume is a veiled response to me. In my revised response to Coyne, I wrote: Since Coyne is a professional biologist, not a philosopher, he is not an expert on … [Read more...]


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