Brooke Alan Trisel: God’s Silence as an Epistemological Concern

No abstract of the argument is available, but I did find a summary of the main argument.(1) If humankind was created for a purpose by God and had a role to play in carrying out thispurpose, then God would want us to have a possibility of achieving our role so that he wouldhave a possibility of achieving his goal.(2) For us to have a possibility of achieving the purpose for which we were created, we would needto understand our role in carrying out this purpose.(3) The purpose for which humanity … [Read more...]

Paul Draper’s Essay, “Darwin’s Argument from Evil”

The entire chapter is available for free courtesy of Google Books. You may need to be logged into a Google account in order to view this.LINK … [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...]

Paul Draper’s Review of Goetz and Taliaferro’s Naturalism

There are many gems in this review; here is one.To begin with, the alleged advantage that metaphysical theists have because they attribute necessary existence to God is not real, since there is no more reason to believe that a concrete non-natural divine person can exist necessarily than there is to think that nature can exist necessarily. The ontological argument, almost everyone agrees, is a failure, and we cannot just "see" the necessity of the statement "God exists" in the way that we … [Read more...]

Disproof Atheism Society

"The Disproof Atheism Society, founded in 1994, is an independent, Boston-based, worldwide network of people interested in logic, science, and analytic philosophy who support the development of disproof atheism. We host monthly talks, discussions, and other events, primarily at Boston University and usually with a featured speaker. In 2010 we hosted the first-ever Disproof Atheism Conference, an all-day academic conference focused on deductive disproofs of God."LINK … [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...]

Index: The Evidential Argument from Evil: the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure

The purpose of this post is to provide an index for all posts regarding Paul Draper's version of the evidential argument from evil which focuses on the biological role of pain and pleasure (APP)."Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists": a link to an online copy of Paul Draper's landmark essay "The Argument from the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure": an introduction to the argument "Silver's Defense of Draper's Argument from the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure": … [Read more...]

Advice to Critics of the Argument from Evil

According to one objection to arguments from evil, the existence of evil presupposes the existence of God, since objective evil could not exist unless God exists. My advice to critics of arguments from evil (AE) is this. Don't use this objection unless you plan to acknowledge and address the obvious rebuttal.AE may be understood as a challenge to the internal coherence of a theistic worldview. An AE can be understood as saying something like the following:Look. You theists believe that X, Y, and … [Read more...]


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