Adversarial Communications between Theists and Nontheists

I think it's really unfortunate that some people are adversarial in their exchanges with people who do not share their views. In exchanges between theists and nontheists, I have seen people from both sides do this. Furthermore, the problem seems to be getting worse.I am not sure what to do about this other than try to raise awareness, especially of behavior that is verbally abusive (see here for categories.). Here are some examples. Feel free to post others in the combox, but please try to … [Read more...]

Texas Veterinarian Claims to Have DNA Evidence of Bigfoot

(While this has little or nothing to do with metaphysical naturalism, my hunch is that most readers will find this of interest.)Read more: Texas veterinarian claims to have DNA evidence of more: testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative … [Read more...]

Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi: Morality and Immorality among the Irreligious

Courtesy of Google books, the entire chapter by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi is available online for free.  Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, "Morality and Immorality among the Irreligious" in Atheism and Secularity (ed. Phil Zuckerman, ABC-CLIO, 2009), 113-148.You may need a valid Google account in order to access the content. Also, you will probably need to scroll down to page 113 or search on the title in order to jump down to the content.LINK … [Read more...]

Gregory Dawes: Religion, Science, and Explanation

Abstract: A recent legal ruling in the United States regarding ‘intelligent design’ (ID) argued that ID is not science because it invokes a supernatural agent. It therefore cannot be taught in public schools. But the important philosophical question is not whether ID invokes a supernatural agent; it is whether it meets the standards we expect of any explanation in the sciences. More generally, could any proposed theistic explanation – one that invokes the deity of classical theism – meet those st … [Read more...]

Atheists As “Other”: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society

Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglas Hartmann. "Atheists As 'Other': Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society." American Sociological Review April 2006 71: 211-234, doi:10.1177/000312240607100203.Abstract: Despite the declining salience of divisions among religious groups, the boundary between believers and nonbelievers in America remains strong. This article examines the limits of Americans' acceptance of atheists. Using new national survey data, … [Read more...]

Stephen Parrish: God and Objectivism: A Critique of Objectivist Philosophy of Religion

"I will examine what Objectivists, both old and new, have written about God and subject it to critical analysis. My conclusion will be that Objectivists have not only failed to keep up with the work of contemporary philosophers of religion, but that their work is marred by logical fallacies, especially begging the question. Philosophical naturalism is assumed rather than proved. Objectivists have failed to support the atheism Rand so vigorously espoused. Since Objectivists claim theirs is a … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: J.L. Schellenberg’s New Website

LINKHT: ex-apologist … [Read more...]

The Moral Laws Require a Moral Lawgiver Argument

Consider the following argument.(1) If God does not exist, then there is no divine lawgiver.(2) If there is no divine lawgiver, then there are no moral laws.(3) If there are no moral laws, then there are no moral obligations.(4) Therefore, if God does not exist, then there are no moral obligations.Why should we believe (2)? It's not hard to imagine what an argument for (2) might look like. One might argue for (2) on the basis of the following supporting argument:(5) Laws must be made by a … [Read more...]