The Slaughter of the Canaanites – The Grand Inquisitor Jones

"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Carl Sandburg, in The People, Yes (1936) One response to my sixty objections against Clay Jones's attempt to defend Jehovah's command to the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), is that my my objections "argue the law" thus betraying a reluctance to "argue the facts", perhaps because the facts tend … [Read more...]

What is Atheism?

I know this is a well-worn topic, but I think it is worth hashing over this old question one more time.First, some obvious points that many ignorant, bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging bigots are unable to grasp:1. ATHEISM is not the same as MATERIALISM (not all atheists are materialists).2. ATHEISM is not the same as MARXISM (not all atheists are Marxists).3. ATHEISM is not the same as HUMANISM (not all atheists are Humanists).4. ATHEISM is not the same as AGNOSTICISM (not all … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Principles of Justice

Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the obedience of the Israelites to the command was morally justified because the Canaanites deserved the death penalty for various serious crimes or sins which were violations of the laws of Jehovah (see his article “Killing the Canaanites”). Jones provides a list of the crimes or sins allegedly committed by the Canaanites which were (supposedly) deserving of t … [Read more...]

What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument? – Part4

In the Cambridge Companion to Atheism, there is an article by William Craig in which he presents some arguments for the existence of God.One of the arguments Craig presents is the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA).  In this post I will examine that article to see whether it supports my view that the conclusion of KCA is: GOD EXISTS, as opposed to the less specific conclusion: THE UNIVERSE HAS A CAUSE. The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (edited by Michael Martin, Cambridge … [Read more...]

What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument?

Diagram from EOG&BOU

In order to understand an argument, one must FIRST understand what the CONCLUSION of the argument asserts.Since Jeff Lowder and I disagree about what the conclusion of the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA) asserts, we also disagree about the specific content of KCA.  I'm going to present my reasons for believing that the conclusion of KCA is: GOD EXISTS, as well as my reasons for rejecting Jeff Lowder's view that the conclusion of KCA is: THE UNIVERSE HAS A CAUSE.It is amazing … [Read more...]

LINK: New Essay by Galen Strawson: “Real Naturalism”

"I’m a naturalist, an out-and-out naturalist, a philosophical or metaphysical naturalist, a naturalist about concrete reality. I don't think anything supernatural or otherwise non-natural exists.One can’t classify anything as supernatural or non-natural until one has a substantive conception of the natural relative to which something can be classified as non-natural. I do have one. I take it that reality—by which I mean concrete reality, anything that exists in spacetime—is entirely physical. … [Read more...]

Jerry Coyne on Atheists Criticizing Other Atheists

On his website, Jerry Coyne yesterday wrote a blog post with the provocative question, "Why Do Many Atheists Hate the New Atheists?" The blog post seems to be the result of a book-length attack on the new atheists by C.J. Werleman (link).Now I haven't read Werleman's book or, for that matter, many other critiques of the new atheists by fellow atheists. What I found interesting was Coyne's summary of atheistic critiques of the new atheists: The critique of New Atheists by other atheists s … [Read more...]

On Caring about Whether Other People Become Naturalists

Relatively speaking, I don't care much if someone becomes a naturalist. I care more about refuting an anti-atheist stereotype, intentionally or unintentionally reinforced by Craig and his ilk, which Randal Rauser calls the Rebellion Thesis. I've encountered far too many Christians who think atheists are stupid (when it comes to evaluating the evidence about God) and immoral. Going beyond religion, I guess I also care more broadly about critical thinking skills and the fact that so many people … [Read more...]