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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Israel, Palestine, and Terror

(This is content is a bit tangential to secularism issue, but it is not entirely unrelated, so I hope I'll be forgiven for posting it here.)Prof. Jerry Cohen's chapter from my book Israel, Palestine, and Terror is available on-line here. I think it's one of the strongest pieces in the book. My own contribution (three thousand words) is pasted in below.Terror in Palestine: A Non-Violent Alternative?Stephen LawIn this volume, the philosophers Ted Honderich and Tomis Kapitan argue that … [Read more...]

Atheist Prayer Experiment

Justin Brierley reviews the results of an experiment in which atheists pray for 40 days for God to reveal himself to them. Go here.Thanks to The Atheist Missionary for drawing attention to this on twitter.This is a win-win experiment to set up for the purposes of evangelizing of course.Reasons why you should perhaps expect some positive reports include:(i) Atheists who agree to sign up to this fairly onerous prayer regime are more likely to think there might be something to religious belief (one … [Read more...]

Darwin Gets Write-In Votes in Georgia

http://news.msn.com/politics/darwin-gets-4000-write-in-votes-in-gaUnfortunately, Darwin lost the election. … [Read more...]

Video Commentary on my debate with William Lane Craig

Someone was kind enough to take the trouble to make this video going through some of the exchanges between myself and Bill Craig in our debate.There is an error. The creator of the video says that the subject of the debate was the existence of the Christian God. In fact, the question before us was simply "Does God exist?"However, the points made in the video remain valid, as Craig, in the debate itself, actually defines God as being necessarily good. Hence, if I can show there is no good God, … [Read more...]

Myself, Peter Atkins, Richard Swinburne, Ard louis,(and Richard Dawkins) in conversation

Here is a fairly long video of a discussion between myself, Richard Swinburne (philosopher), Peter Atkins (chemist), Ard Louis (physicist), and also Richard Dawkins (who was in the audience) at one point. The theme was Life, The Universe and Everything - The Quest for Truth.My main contribution is at 39 mins 30sec.(nb. Dawkins is at 1hr 18 min 20 sec [he has a pop at Swinburne and me] and my response to Dawkins at 1hr 24 min 30 sec).I posted on this before, shortly after the recording. Go … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig: “Animals aren’t aware that they’re in pain”

Recently, some theists have attempted to deal with that part of the problem of evil generated by horrendous animal suffering found in nature - including hundreds of millions of years of animal suffering before we humans even showed up - by saying that animals aren't aware that they are in pain. They maintain this is what "science" has shown. That helps bring the problem of suffering down to size!Indeed, that animals aren't aware that they are in pain is a remarkable "recent scientific … [Read more...]


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