John Shook Is Now on Patheos in the Atheist Channel

Philosopher John Shook now has his own blog in the Patheos Atheist Channel. About John: John R. Shook is a scholar and professor living in the Washington, D.C. area. After receiving his PhD in philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 1994, he taught at small colleges and then was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006. John then joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo, and he continues to be an … [Read more...]

Feser Insults Readers of www.infidels.org

Here's the insult. And one’s more gullible followers—people like the www.infidels.org faithful who have been buying up The God Delusion by the bushel basket—will be thrilled to have some new piece of smart-assery to fling at their religious friends in lieu of a serious argument. LINKSpeaking of "smart-assery," Pot, meet kettle.I'm not sure why Feser thinks that the readers of www.infidels.org or this blog (secularoutpost.infidels.org) blindly agree with whatever the New Atheists have wr … [Read more...]

Do Christian Apologists Spend Too Much Time Focusing on their Weaker Opponents?

Refuting the "New Atheists" is all the rage among Christian apologists these days. Among professional philosophers of religion, however, it's well-known that the new atheists are not the best representatives for atheism. So why do Christian apologists continue to harp on the new atheists and ignore what atheist professional philosophers of religion have to say? For example, you'd think, after the 1,000th refutation of Richard Dawkins, that they would move onto something else.  You'd be wrong. … [Read more...]

Apologist Bingo!

Hemant Mehta blogs about this clever, funny way to combat an apologist:LINKETA: I love one of the comments in the combox at that site: I'm giggling at the thought of an audience member jumping up in the middle of the talk and shouting "Bingo!" … [Read more...]

Natural Selection in Action?

So that I'm not accused of attacking a strawman, let me say at the outset that I know this guy isn't representative of most theists. With that said, it continues to amaze me whenever people are this stupid:http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/us/snake-salvation-pastor-bite/index.html?hpt=hp_t2And for some jaw-dropping video on this church, check this out:http://www.tennessean.com/videonetwork/2248175975001/Snake-handling-believers-find-joy-in-test-of-faithAnd another one:What a … [Read more...]

Pastafarianism vs. Theism

At the risk of coming across as "too serious," "boring," or even 'heretical' among freethinkers, I want to comment on comparisons between pastafarianism (the belief that the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) exists) and theism (the belief that God exists).For those of you who missed it, pastafarianism (P) was originally proposed as a parody of creationism and theistic versions of Intelligent Design (ID). The idea was that if intelligent design (ID) warrants equal time with evolution in public … [Read more...]

What’s So Great about What’s So Great about Christianity? – Part 2

As we saw in my last post, Dinesh D'Souza's defense of the "moral laws presume a moral lawgiver" argument fails. In this post I want to comment on what D'Souza has to say about atheist "attempt[s] to meet this challenge" (232).1.Like many partisan diatribes, D'Souza's book says nothing about the strongest arguments and objections against his position. Instead, he gives unsuspecting readers the misleading, false impression that the only way an atheist might explain morality is "as a product … [Read more...]

What’s So Great about What’s So Great about Christianity?

A few years ago, Dinesh D'Souza wrote a book titled, What's So Great about Christianity? His book contains numerous arguments for theism and against atheism. Since I mentioned D'Souza's version of a moral argument for theism in my last post, I want to expand on it here.In chapter twenty, "Natural Law and Divine Law: The Objective Foundations of Morality," D'Souza argues for the following thesis: Morality is both natural and universal. It is discoverable without religion, yet its source is u … [Read more...]


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