Forthcoming New Book: The God Problem: How a Godless Universe Creates

Just saw this:The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos CreatesLINK … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Moral Agency (AMA) Revisited

I want to revisit Paul Draper's very interesting argument from moral agency against metaphysical naturalism.[1]Informal Statement of the ArgumentWe know that moral agents exist. If we ignore for a moment the evidence for moral agents--i.e., independent of the evidence for moral agents--we have much more reason on theism than on naturalism to expect the existence of moral agents.Let us start by considering metaphysical naturalism. If naturalism is true, then it is extremely improbable that there … [Read more...]

Index: The Evidential Argument from the History of Science (AHS)

Informal Statement of the ArgumentIf there is a single theme unifying the history of science, it is that naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) explanations work. The history of science contains numerous examples of naturalistic explanations replacing supernatural ones and no examples of supernatural explanations replacing naturalistic ones. Indeed, naturalistic explanations have been so successful that even most scientific theists concede that supernatural explanations are, in general, … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from the History of Science, Part 3: Reply to Rauser on Defining Metaphysical Naturalism

Randal Rauser really doesn't like the argument from the history of science (AHS). After I refuted his initial objections to AHS, he seems to have abandoned those objections. Instead, he now takes issue with the definition of metaphysical naturalism itself, a point he makes over the course of no less than three separate, additional replies. (See here, here, and here.) According to Rauser, metaphysical naturalism "is a vacuous cipher that is consistent with belief in the existence of an … [Read more...]

The Implications of Evolutionary Explanations of Religious Belief for Atheism

This is not new, but I just saw for the first time an interesting article by Alan Jacobs entitled, "The Future of Atheism: Damned If You Don't, Damned If You Don't."Jacobs expresses a viewpoint I haven't seen addressed by other atheists, but it's one I've often thought about myself.if the evolutionary account of religious belief that many atheists are now promoting is correct, then atheists don't have much of a future. Their own arguments, plus some elementary demographic data, show that … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from the History of Science, Part 2: Detailed Reply to Randal Rauser

IntroductionTheists hold that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect person (God) who created the universe. Metaphysical naturalists, on the other hand, hold that the universe is a closed system, which means that nothing that is not part of the natural world affects it. Metaphysical naturalism (N) denies the existence of all supernatural beings, including God. Therefore, N entails that any true scientific explanations must be naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) ones.In my … [Read more...]

The Argument from Silence, Part 6: Uta Ranke-Heinemann on Paul’s Silence about the Empty Tomb

In this post, I want to revisit an argument from silence used by Uta Ranke-Heinemann against the historicity of the empty tomb of Jesus.The empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning is a legend. This is shown by the simple fact that the apostle Paul, the most crucial preacher of Christ's resurrection, and the earliest New Testament writer besides, says nothing about it. As far as Paul is concerned, it doesn't exist. Thus it means nothing to him, that is, an empty tomb has no significance for the … [Read more...]

Migration to Disqus Complete

It appears the site's migration to the Disqus commenting system is complete. What this means to you:1. You now have the ability to edit a comment after posting it, a feature which is sorely lacking in Blogger's built-in comment functionality.2. Disqus provides a much more visually intuitive way of grouping comments with their replies, by displaying them in a nested tree hierarchy. Comments migrated from the old Blogger system will not be displayed in a hierarchy, but any new replies to … [Read more...]


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