Initial Impressions on the Andrews-Schieber Debate: Part 1

Christian Max Andrews and Atheist Justin Schieber recently had a debate on the existence of the Christian god. Both audio and a transcript are available online. I think it's well worth listening to or reading. In what follows, I want to offer my initial impressions of both debaters' opening statements.Max Andrews' Case for Christian TheismAndrews offers three arguments for Christian theism: (1) the Thomistic Cosmological Argument; (2) a fine-tuning argument; and (3) an explanatory … [Read more...]

Richard Schoenig’s New Paper: “Objective Ethics Without Religion”

Abstract: Theists frequently aver that atheism is incompatible with moral realism (the view that there are objective moral facts). This paper defends a justifiable objective moral code, termed ethical rationalism (ER), that does not depend on the existence of any supernatural being. ER is a seven-principle moral code comprising two general prescriptions: do not harm others and help them whenever feasible. It is argued that ER (and hence objective morality) is justified by the fact that all moral … [Read more...]

Rob Lovering’s New Book: God and Evidence: Problems for Theistic Philosophers

God and Evidence: Problems for Theistic Philosophers (Continuum, 2013). Here's the blurb: God and Evidence presents a new set of compelling problems for theistic philosophers. The problems pertain to three types of theistic philosopher, which Lovering defines here as 'theistic inferentialists,' 'theistic non-inferentialists,' and 'theistic fideists.' Theistic inferentialists believe that God exists, that there is inferential probabilifying evidence of God's existence, and that this evidence is … [Read more...]

Craig’s Defense of Moral Objectivity in his Moral Argument for God’s Existence

William Lane Craig's moral argument for God's existence is as follows.(1) If God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist.(2) But objective moral values and duties do exist.(3) Therefore, God exists.In defense of (2), Craig offers an appeal to intuition. Here's an excerpt from one of his debate opening statements: But the fact is that objective moral values do exist, and we all know it. There's no more reason to deny the objective existence of moral … [Read more...]

Piece Of Jesus’ Cross Found? Archaeologists Discover ‘Holy Thing’ In Balatlar Church In Turkey

I loved this quotation of John Calvin in the article: "if all the pieces that could be found were collected together, they would make a big ship-load," referring specifically to the cross.LINKHT: EF … [Read more...]

Another Paper by Moti Mizrahi: “New Puzzles About Divine Attributes”

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming)Abstract: According to traditional Western theism, God is maximally great (or perfect). More explicitly, God is said to have the following divine attributes: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence. In this paper, I present three puzzles about this conception of a maximally great (or perfect) being. The first puzzle about omniscience shows that this divine attribute is incoherent. The second puzzle about omnibenevolence and … [Read more...]

Moti Mizrahi’s New Paper: “The Problem of Natural Inequality: A New Problem of Evil”

Forthcoming in Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel. Pre-publication copy available here. Abstract. In this paper, I argue that there is a kind of evil, namely, the unequal distribution of  natural endowments, or natural inequality, which presents theists with a new evidential (not logical or incompatibility) problem of evil. The problem of natural inequality is a new evidential problem of evil not only because, to the best of my knowledge, it has not yet been discussed in the l … [Read more...]

Bobier’s New Paper on the Kalam Argument: “God, Time, and the Kalam Cosmological Argument”

Christopher Alan Bobier, "God, Time, and the Kalam Cosmological Argument", Sophia (May 2013).Here's the abstract:The Kalām cosmological argument deploys the following causal principle: whatever begins to exist has a cause. Yet, under what conditions does something ‘begin to exist’? What does it mean to say that ‘X begins to exist at t’? William Lane Craig has offered and defended various accounts that seek to establish the necessary and sufficient conditions for when something ‘begins to … [Read more...]