Amoral Atheism Part 2

Physics cannot justify why anything is morally right or wrong. No one says that is a defect of physics because that's not what physics is about.Like physics, atheism is also not about morality. So why should it be a defect of atheism that it cannot justify why anything is morally right or wrong? … [Read more...]

Round Table Discussion on Theism, Naturalism, and Evidence (video)

I join Justin Schieber (of Reasonable Doubts)  and others for a round table discussion on theism, naturalism, and evidence. I defend Draper's argument from moral agency and also an argument from consciousness for theism. … [Read more...]

Theism, Atheism, and Dismissive Attitudes

Here are two hypotheses about theism, atheism, and dismissive attitudes.H1: for (some / many / most) theists, how dismissive a theist is to atheism is inversely proportional to how familiar said theist is to the best, most robust arguments for atheism*H2: for (some / many / most) atheists, how dismissive an atheist is to theism is inversely proportional to how familiar said atheist is to best, most robust arguments arguments for theism* For purposes of this post, replace "atheism" … [Read more...]

Secular Outpost on Social Media

If you're interested in connecting via social media, here are the details:Twitter: @secularoutpost Google+: Facebook: I don't 'like' Facebook and have no plans to create a Facebook account for the Secular OutpostI am much more active on Twitter than I am on Google+. (In fact, this Google+ account is brand new. If you connected to the old one, you should disconnect from it and connect to this one instead.) … [Read more...]

An Evidence Puzzle: Radio Shack Apologetics

Let's assume that the Radio Shack catalog is perfectly factually correct about items for sale and their prices. Now assume it reports a miracle occurred, say, Adobe Acrobat Reader doesn't require annoying security updates every few days. (Sorry, that was an IT industry insider joke.) Or assume it reports that someone rose from the dead. Does the catalog's general reliability give us a good reason to believe the miracle it reports? … [Read more...]

Are Norm Geisler and Frank Turek Dishonest?

Those of you have been following my writing for years know that I am very cautious about questioning another person's integrity. (If you're not familiar with, do a search on Jeff Lowder, William Lane Craig, and dishonesty or lying.) But this time I have stumbled across something so egregious I am having a very hard time coming up with a charitable explanation. In their book, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Christian apologists Norman Geisler and Frank Turek write the following about t … [Read more...]

The Argument from Silence, Part 8: The Missing Links Argument against Biological Evolution

I began this series with a Bayesian interpretation of arguments from silence and then proceeded to use that interpretation to evaluate various arguments from silence about Jesus and God. In this post, I want to assess an argument from silence that is extremely popular with anti-evolutionists, an argument I call the "missing links" argument.If we abbreviate "the fossil record does not contain any transitional fossils" as S, let B represent our background knowledge, and let E represent e … [Read more...]

Stupid Apologetics Tricks

Here are some stupid apologetics tricks I've come across lately in things I've been reading. Feel free to add your own in the combox. If I like it enough, I may just add yours to the list!Stupid Apologetics Trick #1:(1) Really crappy debaters used stupid arguments and objections against H. (2) Therefore, H is true.Stupid Apologetics Trick #2:(1) H is true. (2) Therefore, H is true.Stupid Apologetics Trick #3:Step 1. Literally ignore all of the evidence for X . Step 2. … [Read more...]