God, Last Night’s Republication Debate, and Moral Disagreement

During last night's prime-time Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Fox News host Megyn Kelly said this: after the break, we’re going to let the candidates make their closing statements, their final thoughts, and God. Stay tuned for that. After the commercial break, Kelly said:“An interesting closing question from Chase Norton on Facebook, who wants to know this of the candidates: ‘I want to know if any of them have received a word from God on what they should do and take care of fir … [Read more...]

The Fragility of Value and God’s Non-Existence

I'm working on a new version of the problem of evil. I don't know if the argument works, but I'll summarize it here in the hope of getting feedback.The basic idea is the fragility of value, viz., how (relatively) easy it is to destroy things  compared to how (relatively) difficult it is to create things, especially things of great value. Assuming that statement (or something like it) is true, the argument would be evidential. It would argue that the fragility of value is antecedently more … [Read more...]

Link: An Ontological Disproof of Anselmian Theism by Ex-Apologist

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My Recent Call-In Segment with Trent Horn on Catholic Answers Live

A few weeks ago Catholic Answers had a two hour radio show devoted to taking calls from nontheists only. I was the last caller. I had the privilege of having a brief, but very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating conversation with Trent Horn. A fan recently made me aware of a YouTube recording of it.LINKTrent, if you're reading this, thanks again for being such a gracious host. I look forward to talking with you again in the future! … [Read more...]

Randal Rauser’s Latest Book (with a Contribution from Yours Truly)

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Randal Rauser has written a new book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes Towards Atheism. Rauser's book is a model of philosophical charity. In the book, Rauser argues against Christian stereotypes of atheists, on both empirical and Biblical grounds. For this reason alone, I think all atheists should want this book.Here is a link to the the book at Amazon:LINKIn the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a neutral reviewer of this book because I am a contributor t … [Read more...]

William Rowe’s Fawn

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I spotted this fawn this morning while walking my dog. Judging by the size and the wet fur on the top of the head, I'd guess it was born in the last day. It's bigger than my cats but smaller than my dog.The mother was nowhere to be seen, presumably off foraging for food. Hopefully she returns soon so that William Rowe doesn't have a new instance of his evidential argument from evil. … [Read more...]

Link: “The End of the Teapot Argument for Atheism (and All Its Tawdry Imitators)” by Mark F. Sharlow

Abstract: Atheists sometimes use Bertrand Russell’s teapot argument, and its variants with other objects in place of the teapot, to argue for the rationality of atheism. In this paper I show that this use of the teapot argument and its variants is unacceptably circular. The circularity arises because there is indirect evidence against the objects invoked in the arguments. LINKDisclaimer: I haven't read, much less evaluated this paper. Feel free to debate in the combox! … [Read more...]

LINK: Daniel Howard-Snyder’s New Critique of J.L. Schellenberg’s Argument from Non-Culpable Nonbelief

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