Christianity Today asks, “Are Birth Defects Part of God’s Plan?”

LINKIf Christianity is true, then, of course, the answer has to be, "Yes." But is it true?The philosophically significant question, however, is this: "Does naturalism or theism, including Christian theism, provide the best explanation for birth defects?"Here is an excellent by Paul Draper, taken from a lecture he recently gave at the University of Notre Dame. [I]magine two alien beings who are much like us in intellectual ability and who are gradually learning everything we know … [Read more...]

Coyne Declines Craig’s Debate Invitation; Craig Declines Mine

I contacted William Lane Craig a few days ago to see if he was open to scheduling a a debate in 2014. He declined, on the grounds that he is really scaling back his speaking engagements so that he can focus on his book about God and abstract objects, part of which will be delivered as a series of lectures in 2015.Apparently, however, he is not completely withdrawing from the debate circuit. Jerry Coyne just declined an invitation to debate Craig.Since a Craig-Coyne debate isn't going to … [Read more...]

A Quick and Easy Refutation of Theologically-Grounded Ethics?

According to many skeptics, including many philosophers, the idea that God is the foundation of morality can be refuted according to the Euthyphro dilemma (ED). Socrates, in Plato's Euthyphro dialogue (10a), asked: "Is what is holy holy because the gods approve it, or do they approve it because it is holy?" In modern times this has been rephrased in various ways. Here's one: "Is what is good good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good?"Is this a good objection? It … [Read more...]

John Danaher’s Blog Series on Mind-Body Physicalism

Overview:Part 1: The Argument from Past Explanatory SuccessPart 2: Hempel's DilemmaPart 3: The Knowledge ArgumentPart 4: Absent and Inverted Qualia … [Read more...]

Diagram of Options in Moral Success Theory

This diagram is an excerpt of a much larger and more complete taxonomy of metaethics. The branch shown here is for moral success theory, which may be defined as the combination of the following views:Cognitivism: moral judgments express beliefsSuccess theory: at least some of those beliefs are true   … [Read more...]

On Generalizing about the Other Side’s Dishonesty and Ignorance

Randal Rauser and Chriss Halquist have been exchanging a series of posts about the alleged dishonesty and igorance of apologists. (See Randal's latest post here.)If Randal's post is an accurate summary of the exchange with Hallquist--and I have no reason to doubt that it is--then my technical judgment of this exchange can be summed up in one word: "ouch." With all due respect to Christ, Randal's post seems to be a very solid critique.So What? Why This MattersThe … [Read more...]

James Henderson Kreeft’s and Tacelli’s Moral Argument

http://www.infidels.org/kiosk/article871.html … [Read more...]

Gay men can marry lesbians, say Catholic church

I thought this was satire when I read it, but apparently this is for real.http://planetivy.co.uk/offbeat/52058/senior-catholic-priest-says-gay-men-can-marry-lesbians/ … [Read more...]


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