Paul Kurtz, January 25, 1925 – October 21, 2012

(The following was written by Eddie Tabash and posted with permission)I take great pride in being the major financial backer of Internet Infidels. The intellectual fire power that this website brings to bear in the quest to refute supernatural claims is a sheer delight in a world so riven with superstition. My actual induction, as it were, into freethought organizations was in 1995, when Paul Kurtz brought me into the three organizations he founded: the Center for Inquiry, Council for Secular … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist: Paul Kurtz Has Died

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Ian’s Review of Carrier’s Proving History and Carrier’s Reply

An atheist named Ian with a deep background in math and science has written a critical review of Carrier's Proving History.A Mathematical Review of "Proving History" by Richard CarrierAmong other things, Ian complains that Carrier uses a version of Bayes's Theorem (BT) that is "unduly complex" and "highly idiosyncratic." I disagree. I think one's assumptions can play a huge role in historical Jesus studies, so it valuable to use a version of BT which explicitly includes background knowledge … [Read more...]

dangerous idea: Corduan replies to Carrier on miracles

dangerous idea: Corduan replies to Carrier on miracles … [Read more...]

Three Amazingly Good Books

I am currently reading three amazingly good books. J.L. Schellenberg's, The Wisdom to DoubtColin Howson's, Objecting to GodHerman Philipse, God in the Age of Science? I can sum up all three books in one word: "Wow."If you are interested in the philosophy of religion (and, if you're reading this blog, you probably are), then you should run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore to get your own copies.If any theists read this post and are looking for a change of scenery from rehashing the problems … [Read more...]

Prosblogion: Physicist Sean Carroll on God and Modern Physics

Kenny Pearce at Prosblogion comments on Sean Carroll's essay, "Does the Universe Need God?", which we linked to a couple of days ago.The article is a model of constructive dialog between philosophy and physics. Carroll shows engagement with the major philosophical arguments under discussion, and does not come off as condescending or dismissive. He also provides concise and helpful summaries of the relevant physics. Additionally, the article shows an admirable degree of epistemic humility, … [Read more...]

Open Question to Muslims

Let me preface this post by saying I know very little about Islam.After reading the news about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the U.S. embassy in Egypt, I'm really starting to wonder about how the attacks fit together with "mainstream" Islam. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are the facts as I understand them.Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian who lives in  the U.S., made a movie which shows the prophet Muhammad having sex and calling for massacres. At the risk … [Read more...]

Eric Russert Kraemer’s Darwin’s Doubts and the Problem of Animal Pain

This paper interacts with (and appears to defend) Paul Draper's version of the evidential argument from evil, the argument from the biological role of pain and pleasure. From the introduction:  It is a truism that the influence of Darwin’s work on evolution is profound and ubiquitous. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the first chapter of Frans de Waal’s book, Good Natured, is entitled “Darwinian Dilemmas.” In this chapter, which sets the stage for his splendid discussion of observa … [Read more...]