New Puzzles about Divine Attributes

Abstract: According to traditional Western theism,God is maximally great (or perfect). More explicitly, God is said to have the following divine attributes: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence. In this paper, I present three puzzles about this conception of a maximally great (or perfect) being. The first puzzle about omniscience shows that this divine attribute is incoherent. The second puzzle about omnibenevolence and omnipotence shows that these divine attributes are logically … [Read more...]

If Theistic Belief Caused Gay Sex, Would There Be More Atheists?

I've been reading the reactions to the pair of SCOTUS rulings on gay marriage by religious conservatives. If you agree with these authors, the SCOTUS rulings mean "the end of marriage" and a number of other doomsday predictions for this modern jurisprudence apocalypse.This got me wondering. In light of how gay marriage (and homosexuality in general) horrifies religious conservatives, what would happen if theistic belief caused gay sex? Would there be more atheists? … [Read more...]

If You’re Interested in Bayesianism, This Book Is Probably for You

This book review is itself very interesting and makes me want to read the book. … [Read more...]

Woman Being Denied U.S. Citizenship Because Her Morality Doesn’t Come from Religion

See here and here. (HT: Evan Fales)Amazing. As someone else pointed out to me, "It seems that Immigration is ignorant of the ('68? 69?) Supreme Court Seeger decision." … [Read more...]

Alonzo Fyfe’s Alternative Answer to “Where Do Atheists Get Their Morality?”

Back in 2008 Alonzo Fyfe blogged about the question, "Where do atheists get their morality?" As an alternative to "the standard attempt to defend some moral theory," he proposes the following answer. "A lot of theists want to know where atheists get their morality because theists are bigots looking for an excuse to hate their atheist neighbors, and 'You are morally inferior to us' has long been a favorite dehumanization technique of the hateful bigot. Clearly, atheists do quite well when it … [Read more...]

My Guest Post on Randal Rauser’s Blog

In case you don't already follow Randal Rauser's blog, The Tentative Apologist, he has been posting a series of guest posts by prominent atheists on his blog about "why they don't believe." Rauser just posted my short essay, for which I am truly grateful.Rauser offered a few comments on my short essay. I, in turn, would like to offer a few short comments of my own. “He [Draper] taught me that, if I want to be a philosopher of religion and not an apologist”However, I’m not content to allo … [Read more...]

Preliminary Thoughts about Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell, Part 2

Re-reading Theism and Explanation by Gregory Dawes suggested another potential logical problem with Stephen Meyer's argument in The Signature in the Cell.  Remember that Meyer explicitly provides the logical form of his argument. Premise One: Despite a thorough search, no material causes have been discovered that demonstrate the power to produce large amounts of specified information.Premise Two: Intelligent causes have demonstrated the power to produce large amounts of specified inf … [Read more...]

Christian Apologists vs. the Kalam Cosmological Argument

In the last couple of days, two Christian apologists have published critiques of the Kalam cosmological argument.#1: Calum MillerCalum Miller provides an extremely thorough, open-minded critique.#2: Danny FaulknerOver at Answers in Genesis, Danny Faulkner has written an interesting article entitled, "Universe by Design: Misconceptions about General Relativity, Cosmology, and the Big Bang."  Among others, the article has a section entitled, "The Big Bang Does Not Prove God's … [Read more...]