Naturalism, Theism, and Moral Ontology: A Reply to William Lane Craig

(Reposting since this seems to be so popular. So far as I am aware, neither WLC nor anyone else has responded to this.)Abstract: This paper considers William Lane Craig’s metaethical argument for God’s existence. Roughly, the argument is that the existence of objective moral values provides strong evidence for God’s existence. I consider one by one Craig’s various reasons in support of the argument’s major premise, namely, that objective moral values and the nonexistence of God are at odds wi … [Read more...]

The Intellectual Poverty of Ken Ham’s Presuppositionalist Meme

I recently saw a Twitter meme of Ken Ham making a crude appeal to a presuppositionalist type of argument against all non-Christians, not just atheists. I don't want to deal with any potential licensing issues with the image, so rather than display the image on my blog instead I'll quote the words below. Non-Christian scientists are really borrowing from the Christian worldview to carry out their observational science. Think about it. When they are doing observational science, using the … [Read more...]

Christian Apologists Ignore the Best Objections to the Moral Argument

(Redated post originally published on 2 August 2014)To be precise, there are many kinds of moral arguments for theism. The question in the title is really talking about what we might call "ontological" or "metaphysical" moral arguments, the kind which claim that we need God in order to have an "ontological foundation" for objective or absolute morality.People who defend a version of this kind of argument include a veritable "Who's Who?" of contemporary Christian apologists: C.S. Lewis … [Read more...]

For Victor Reppert: The Metaethical Objections to Craig’s Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements

(Redated post originally published on 21 June 2012)This is a quick follow-up to my last reply to Victor Reppert. The title of Reppert's post is, "The Moral Argument that Christians don't use, but atheists always rebut." In reply, we can point to "The Metaethical Objections to Craig's Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements."LINK … [Read more...]

The Empty Tomb: Reply to Josh and Sean McDowell

(Redated post originally published on 20 November 2012)A friend informed me that Josh and Sean McDowell, in the new (revised?) edition of More Than a Carpenter (MTAC) on page 134, have offered a critique of the relocation hypothesis, which I defended in The Empty Tomb (TET). I have reviewed what they wrote. Here is a rough sketch of how I would respond.First, I could not help but notice similarities between the wording of their comments and the wording of Stephen Davis's review in … [Read more...]

Botched Response to The Empty Tomb

(Redated post on 24 October 2011)(This article was written in 2005 or 2006, but sat in my Drafts folder while I was inactive.)Robert M. Price and I are the co-authors of a skeptical anthology on the alleged historicity of the resurrection of Jesus entitled The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave. Steve Hays recently wrote a book-length rebuttal to our book entitled, This Joyful Eastertide. When I first heard about this rebuttal, I have to confess I skipped directly to Hays' rebuttal … [Read more...]

Review of Craig-Law Debate on God’s Existence

(Redated post originally published on 24 October 2011)SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT OF "DOES GOD EXIST?" (2011) WITH WILLIAM LANE CRAIG AND STEPHEN LAW 17 October 2011 Westminster Central Hall Storeys Gate, London SW1H 9NHby Jeffery Jay LowderCONTENTSAbout This Summary and Assessment Debate Summary Debate Assessment Other Reviews of the DebateABOUT THIS SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT As always, while I've tried to be accurate, I don't claim this is perfect. If you find errors, … [Read more...]

Reply to Wintery Knight’s Review of the Craig-Law Debate

(Redated post originally published on 26 October 2011)I recently submitted the following feedback to WinteryKnight's review of the Craig-Law debate. Wintery Knight -- You must have listened to a different debate than the one I did. For example, in summarizing Stephen Law's first rebuttal, you write:"Craig thinks that you need an objective standard in order to judge things as objectively good or evil. But that’s false. I can use my subjective opinions to claim that some things are o … [Read more...]


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