LINK: Colin McGinn on Atheism

The Spring 2012 issue of Theoretical and Applied Ethics contains a symposium on Ethics, Atheism, and Religion.  The lead essay is by Colin McGinn and is followed by responses from Edward Feser, Steve Fuller, Ted Peters, and Robert Sinclair.  All the essays can be read online, so go take a look.HT: Edward Feser … [Read more...]

Open Question to Theists: Do You Condone the Use of the Phrase a “Murder of Atheists”?

I just learned about this. Apparently the apologist who runs the site www.truefreethinker.com has described Geisler's response to The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave as a "murder of atheists." (See here and here.) To be clear, the author is not calling for the murder of atheists. Rather, he says,I am employing the term "murder" in relation to the group of atheists who have team [sic] up to produce a failure of a book-the term "murder" in this sense is taken from referring to a group of … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 1: The Bayesian Interpretation of ECREE

If you read this blog, chances are that you very familiar with the slogan, popularized by the late Carl Sagan, that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." What I want to do is to offer a Bayesian interpretation and defense of that slogan.In order to make this a 'self-contained' post, I will need to repeat some of what I've written elsewhere. Epistemic Probability In this article, when I refer to probability I shall be adopting the epistemic interpretation of probability. The … [Read more...]

LINK: Leah Libresco of Unequally Yoked Converts from Atheism to Catholicism

I had never heard of her before this, but Leah Libresco of the blog Unequally Yoked has converted from atheism to Catholicism. It appears a big factor in her conversion was her belief that the Moral Law is a person.I hope that nontheists will (1) not commit the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and deny she was ever an atheist; and (2) be nice to her.LINK (HT: Paul Fidalgo)Update: Apparently her conversion is now being reported by MSNBC News. … [Read more...]

LINK: Does the threat of a highway to Hell deter a problem child? New study shows the complications of belief and crime

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LINK: How Dare You Threaten Me with Your Harmless Opinion?

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Can Theists Be Moral?

That's a pretty silly question, isn't it? I would argue that it is about as silly as the question, "Can Atheists Be Moral?" Even fundamentalist Christian philosophers grant that atheists can know moral principles and behave according to those principles. If someone wishes to deny that theists or atheists can have morals, it seems the burden of proof should fall on them to offer some reason why they could not have morals. … [Read more...]

LINK: Daniels on Farrah: Atheists Can’t Be Real Americans

Mike Daniels at Secular News Daily has an excellent discussion of Farrah's anti-atheist diatribe. … [Read more...]


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