Keith Burgess-Jackson: Alvin Plantinga on the New Atheists

As an atheist philosopher, Keith Burgess-Jackson is not impressed by Richard Dawkins's use of contempt to attempt to win "converts" from theism to atheism.LINK … [Read more...]

Atheism and the Case Against Christ by Matt McCormick

I've spent a great deal of time reading and researching the (a)theism debate. When asked for reading suggestions, I usually stick with either Arguing about Gods by Graham Oppy, and Logic and Theism by Jordan Howard Sobel. While these books are great at examining the arguments for theism in general, they usually seem far removed from the personal beliefs that many individuals hold. I am hesitant to recommend popular atheism books because I generally find their arguments less than satisfactory. … [Read more...]

Atheistic Objections to FFRF’s Winter Solstice Banner

Ophelia Benson blogs about FFRF's request for an "equal time" display of a "Winter Solstice banner" at a courthouse in Texas. Here is the text of the banner, which I believe is the same text the FFRF has been using on banners and other displays for at least 15 years.“At this Season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves … [Read more...]

What are the Social, Political, and Moral Implications of Atheism?

This is the subject of debate in the combox at Victor Reppert's blog, Dangerous Idea.LINK … [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...]

Theism, Atheism, and Metaethics

In response to my comments on "Atheist Ethicist: Theism, Atheism, and Blame," Keith Parsons rightfully pointed out an error and an inconsistency in my comments where I had denied that theism has metaethical implications. As is often (if not always) the case in philosophy, a lot of this depends on terminology. And although I responded in the combox on that post, I realized that the issue really warrants its own post.Philosophy of Religion TerminologyLet me begin by rehearsing some terminology, … [Read more...]

On the Idea of Doing Something “in the Name of Atheism”

Over at Dangerous Idea, Victor Reppert asks, "Why couldn't there be mass killings in the name of atheism?"I suppose there could be, just as I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of theism, but then I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of... a lot of things. It depends on what it means to do something "in the name of" something else. So it would be most helpful if Reppert were to clarify this: what does it mean to perform an action A "in the name of" X?Does it mean … [Read more...]

How to Think About the Objectives of Organized Atheism

In response to my last post on the American Atheists billboard ads, two people posted comments about the goals of organized atheism. Both of these comments show why organized atheism would greatly benefit from thinking about its fundamental objectives. Before I get into that, however, let me quote the authors. First, here is Chris Hallquist.The problem here is that we're trying to do several things at once. We're trying to convince people we're not evil. We're trying to have our legal … [Read more...]


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