Open Letter to (and Standing Debate Invitation for) William Lane Craig

Bill,It's been almost twenty years to the day since we first exchanged letters about the transcript of your debate with Corey Washington. I enjoyed the two opportunities I had to spend time with you and your wife, Jan, once in Colorado and once in Atlanta. In September 2000, you agreed that a debate between us would be valuable. In the almost 15 years which have passed since then, many different debate organizers have tried to arrange a debate between us, but it never seems to work out. I'm w … [Read more...]

Does William Lane Craig Actually Believe in Evil?

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Taylor Carr republished on The Secular Outpost with permission. The original post may be found on his blog, The Godless Skeptic. If it's right for someone to permit some event, then his action is just right... On my view, the wrongness of an action is determined by its being forbidden by God. An action is morally permissible if it is not forbidden by God. Now obviously God didn't forbid permitting the Haitian earthquake, so it has the right-making property … [Read more...]

Where is the Condemnation from Theists For Zacharias’s Dishonesty?

If a prominent atheist such as Richard Dawkins had exaggerated his credentials in the way Ravi Zacharias has, then we can be sure that theists would have shouted that fact from the mountaintops.So why is it that Zacharias is getting a "free pass" from theists? … [Read more...]

Hypocrisy on Moral Arguments, Arguments from Evil, and Logical Inconsistency

Many theists are fond of linking the problem of evil with a moral argument for God's existence. The idea is that by making an argument from evil against God's existence, the atheist has supposedly contradicted herself since the the argument from evil presupposes an objective evil and objective evil, in turn, presupposes God's existence.Since I've refuted that claim before, I want to explore a different aspect of linking these two kinds of arguments, namely, the double standard which … [Read more...]

The Demographics of Evidence About God: A Novel Argument Against Theism

Christian apologist Tom Gilson attempts to turn the tables on proponents of the argument from nonresistant nonbelief (aka the argument from divine hiddenness). According to Gilson, the fact of divine hiddenness is evidence for God's existence. Before I quote Gilson's argument from divine hiddenness to Christian theism, I first need to provide some context.1. Gilson's Defense Against the Argument from Nonresistant NonbeliefIn The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Religion, the eminent p … [Read more...]

Press Release: Has Evangelist Ravi Zacharias Misrepresented His Academic Credentials?

The following is a guest post by attorney Steve Baughman aka "Friendly Banjo Atheist," who asked me to post it on his behalf.On a related note, Internet Infidels, Inc. has published rebuttals or critiques of Zacharias in the past. See "An Emotional Tirade Against Atheism" by Jeffery Jay Lowder and "That Colossal Wreck" by Doug Krueger. A theme of both critiques is that Zacharias consistently tears down straw man versions of atheism in general and atheist morality specifically. It would be ir … [Read more...]

Another Christian Apologist Tears Down a Straw Man of Atheist Morality

My friend Wintery Knight (WK) has written another blog post on the topic of morality. Like so many other theists (and a few atheists), he manages to completely botch the topic of atheist morality.Who Speaks for Atheists, Anyway?If you want to determine Christian beliefs about something, you can see what the Bible and various representatives of the (Christian) church hierarchy have to say. So if you're a Christian apologist trying to make sense of atheist morality, it follows that you sh … [Read more...]

AIG: Recent Pluto Photos Are Evidence Against an Old Earth (and Solar System)

While the writers at the Secular Outpost go out of our way to be charitable to our opponents and represent them in the best possible light, there is also value in pointing out the fringe positions held by some of our opponents. With all due respect to friends and family who are young earth creationists, I put the belief in Young Earth Creationism (YEC) in the "fringe" category. In other words, I don't claim that YEC is representative of the strongest versions of theism and I don't claim that d … [Read more...]