Theological Noncognitivism on Youtube

I am not a noncognitivist, but philosopher Ted Drange says that this video is the best one on YouTube about noncognitivism. … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence (ECREE), Part 5: Is ECREE False? A Reply to Greg Koukl and Melinda Penner

In my first post in this series, I offered a Bayesian interpretation of the principle, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" (ECREE). Greg Koukl, however, disagrees with ECREE. He recently explained why on his radio show (click here for audio); also, Melinda Penner, a member of Koukl's staff, has written on the issue here and here. In this post, I want to explain why I think Koukl's and Penner's objections to ECREE, like those of William Lane Craig and T. Kurt Jaros, are … [Read more...]

On the Idea of Doing Something “in the Name of Atheism”

Over at Dangerous Idea, Victor Reppert asks, "Why couldn't there be mass killings in the name of atheism?"I suppose there could be, just as I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of theism, but then I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of... a lot of things. It depends on what it means to do something "in the name of" something else. So it would be most helpful if Reppert were to clarify this: what does it mean to perform an action A "in the name of" X?Does it mean … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s Defense of Akin

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Benjamin Netanyahu on Communists vs. Theistic Terrorists

(redated post from March 26, 2006)Jim Still's recent entry on this blog, "Everything is Permitted Under God," reminded me of a Larry King interview of Benjamin Netanyahu from several years ago (2001?), in which Netanyahu made a very interesting comparison of the behavior of atheistic communists vs. the behavior of theistic terrorists. Ever since watching that interview, I have been trying to track down the exact quotation as I think it would be useful in the context of theistic complaints that … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from the History of Science, Part 4: Reply to ‘cl’

IntroductionTheists hold that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect person (God) who created the universe. Metaphysical naturalists, on the other hand, hold that the universe is a closed system, which means that nothing that is not part of the natural world affects it. Metaphysical naturalism (N) denies the existence of all supernatural beings, including God. Therefore, N entails that any true scientific explanations must be naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) … [Read more...]

New York Times: Why Race Is Still a Problem for Mormons

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What Is a Hate Group?

After hearing (or being reminded, I'm not sure which) that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classified the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group in 2010, that got me wondering. What is the definition of a "hate group," anyway?It's unclear how, precisely, the SPLC defines "hate group." While searching their website, I found the following statement on their "Hate Map" page.All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for … [Read more...]