Arguing from Moral Ontology to Theism by Eliminating Nontheistic Alternatives

1. DefintionsMoral ontology is the branch of meta-ethics concerned with the ontology or metaphysics of moral facts and properties.  Within the field of moral ontology, it is a commonplace that the nature of moral facts and properties fall into one of three categories: natural, nonnatural, or supernatural.  Natural facts and properties are those facts and properties studied by the natural and social sciences, including sociology, psychology, and biology.  Supernatural facts and … [Read more...]

J.P. Moreland’s 1993 Moral Argument for Theism

J.P. Moreland argues that traditional theism is the best explanation for the truth of ethical nonnaturalism in the broad sense, a correspondence theory of moral truth, and the falsity of ethical egoism.[1]Definitionsnon-natural property: an attribute that is not a scientific, physical characteristic of physics or chemistry (e.g., being a C fiber, having negative charge, being magnetic).[2]Moreland's Argument FormulatedWe may represent Moreland’s argument with the following s … [Read more...]

A Question about Palestinian Statehood

(This is only indirectly related to metaphysical naturalism and theism, so please forgive me if this seems too off-topic for you.) In light of the recent decision about the UN's decision to recognize Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State and the opposition to that status by the U.S., Israel, and others, I have a simple question.If North Korea gets to be recognized as a full member of the UN, then what objective basis is there for excluding Palestine? Most of the international community … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Make the Boy Scouts Truly Private

If the Boy Scouts of America want to invoke their right as a private organization to discriminate against homosexuals and nontheists, then they should not receive any form of government assistance.LINK … [Read more...]

College Humor: Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends (VIDEO)

And now for some culture war-related humor.CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny VideosETA: Not to be done, there is a lesbian response.CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos … [Read more...]

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...]