New Book: God and Evil (includes transcript of second Craig-Tooley Debate)

I was able to preview this book at Google Books. In so doing, I discovered that the book contains a transcript of the second debate between William Lane Craig and Michael Tooley on God's existence. It also contains a chapter on evil and divine hiddenness. … [Read more...]

Straw Manning the Opposition: a Christian Apologist on Two Common Atheist Arguments

Robin Shumacher at The Christian Post recently wrote an article entitled, "A Look at Two Common Atheist Arguments." I want to quote the first two paragraphs of the article in full.Behind my desk is a huge binder containing essays and meaty book excerpts of atheist literature. The likes of Russell, Hume, Nietzsche, Sartre, and many more scientists and philosophers make up this hefty collection of anti-Christian thought. Part of my Master’s requirement was that I read the binder in its e … [Read more...]

Atheist Ethicist: Morality and God: Is This an Important Question?

Over at The Atheist Ethicist, Alonzo Fyfe asks, "Does it matter if morality is grounded in God or not?"LINK … [Read more...]

Taxonomy of Theistic Meta-Ethics

For years, I've been looking for a taxonomy of theistic meta-ethical theories. Since I have been unable to find one, I've attempted to create one myself. I consider this a work in progress, so if you spot any errors or omissions, please let me know and I will update the post accordingly.Theistic Theories of Deontological Properties (e.g., obligatory, permissible, forbidden)Divine Command Theory (DCT-D): Deontological properties are metaphysically grounded in God's relevant commands. … [Read more...]

Must Read: One of the Main Reasons Ex-Apologist Thinks Christianity is False

This was posted in 2007, but I just saw it for the first time today. EA defends an inference to the best explanation that Jesus was a failed eschatological prophet. The combox includes an exchange with "Tim," who I think is Tim McGrew.LINK (HT: Wes) … [Read more...]

Brooke Alan Trisel: Intended and Unintended Life

Abstract:Some people feel threatened by the thought that life might have arisen by chance. What is it about “chance” that some people find so threatening? If life originated by chance, this suggests that life was unintended and that it was not inevitable. It is ironic that people care about whether life in general was intended, but may not have ever wondered whether their own existence was intended by their parents. If it does not matter to us whether one's own existence was intended by on … [Read more...]

Is Theism Explanatorily Bankrupt?

A very brief email exchange between a Christian and Gregory Dawes (author of Theism and Explanation).LINK … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig on the Prior Probability of the Resurrection

Prior to examining the specific evidence for and against Jesus' resurrection, how probable is it that God raised Jesus from the dead? According to many Christian apologists, the answer is "not low" -- at least, the answer is "not low" for theists. Are they right?For example, here is William Lane Craig:Dr. Ehrman just assumes that the probability of the resurrection on our background knowledge [Pr(R/B)] is very low. But here, I think, he’s confused. What, after all, is the resurrection h … [Read more...]