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...]

ex-apologist: Schellenberg’s New Paper on the Logical Problem of Evil

ex-apologist: Schellenberg's New Paper on the Logical Problem of Evil:Schellenberg, J.L.  "A New Logical Problem of Evil", in McBrayer, Justin & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), Companion to the Problem of Evil (Blackwell, forthcoming). … [Read more...]

LINK: Aikin and Talisse’s Atheistic Argument from Ugliness

LINK (HT: Ex-Apologist)Since the authors note that the argument from beauty is one type of teleological argument and the argument from ugliness is the atheistic twin of the argument from beauty, perhaps I will need write a post on this argument for my series about atheistic teleological arguments. … [Read more...]

Index: The Evidential Argument from the History of Science (AHS)

Informal Statement of the Argument If there is a single theme unifying the history of science, it is that naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) explanations work. The history of science contains numerous examples of naturalistic explanations replacing supernatural ones and no examples of supernatural explanations replacing naturalistic ones. Indeed, naturalistic explanations have been so successful that even most scientific theists concede that supernatural explanations are, in general, … [Read more...]