Draft for comments please

Here's a rough draft of half of a chapter I am contributing to an edited volume. Comments and feedback please.   Very best Stephen     What are science and reason?       Humanists expound the virtues of science and reason. But what are science and reason? And we should we think it wise to rely on them?       By science, I shall mean that approach to finding out about reality based on the scientific method. This is a method that was … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s silly views on animal pain further debunked

This brand new video exposes in some detail the absurdity of William Lane Craig's ongoing attempt to defend his silly, unscientific views regarding animal pain (his view is that animals other than higher primates are unaware they have it - which is a great comfort to animal lovers like himself).   This video responds to Craig's response to the original video exposing the sheer ridiculousness of the argument he used against me in our … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Richard Dawkins

Location: Sheldonian Theatre Friday, February 15th, 7:30 Professor Dawkins and philosopher Stephen Law discuss the major issues of import to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise. Other Oxford THINK week events here. Tickets on sale though the above sold out. I am also chairing the Wednesday 13th event "Do you fear death, or dying?" 7pm. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Objective morality and atheism; the evil god challenge; risks posed by religion

I did a podcast for Malcontent's Gambit here. It's about 45 mins long. Alan and I got into some interesting topics, including: whether atheists can allow for absolute moral values, my evil god challenge, and the potential dangers posed by religion. … [Read more...]

Is religious freedom threatened by gay rights?

Last year I was a participant in a conference on Religious Freedom at Magdalen College Oxford. The conference focused particularly on "the emerging conflict between new equal rights claims on behalf of homosexuals and existing claims of religious freedom." Cases such as the right to wear a cross at work, or to turn homosexual couples away from your B&B; were discussed, or of registrars to refuse to conduct civil partnership ceremonies, were discussed. Many religious people the conference … [Read more...]

What’s wrong with gay sex?

Here's a chpt of my book The Philosophy Gym on gay sex. It's topical again given current traumas in Church of England.Mr Jarvis, a Christian, was asleep in bed, dreaming of the Last Judgement. In his dream, Jarvis found himself seated next to God in a great cloud-swept hall. God had just finished handing down judgement on the drunkards, who were slowly shuffling out of the exit to the left. Angels were now ushering a group of nervous-looking men through the entrance to the right. As the … [Read more...]

Good and bad ways of influencing the beliefs of others

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Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism refuted

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