Philosophy of Religion in Secular Philosophy Departments

An unrelated Internet search somehow led me to this online copy of The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Religion (2d ed.,  ed. Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, and Philip L. Quinn). As I skimmed the Table of Contents, I started thinking about the proper place for the philosophy of religion (PoR) in the curriculum of a philosophy department at a secular university.I think this topic is a case where the specifics matter. So let's assume (but only for the sake of argument) that this book … [Read more...]

When ‘Nothing’ Is Something: David Albert Reviews Lawrence Krauss’s Book, “A Universe from Nothing”

LINK (H/T: qtian & Massimo Pigliucci) … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 8

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...]

Interesting Book On an Argument for Moral Realism

I haven't read this book, which was published last year. I'm posting this based solely on the description provided here.As someone interested in metaethics generally, I think the book looks very interesting. I'm skeptical, however, of the claim that "were it not for the existence of moral facts, we would not be able to perform ordinary speech acts such as promising." I guess I'll have to read the book to find out how Terence Cuneo defends that claim. … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 6

Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the Israelites obedience 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. Jones provides a list of the crimes or sins allegedly committed by the Canaanites which were (supposedly) deserving of the death penalty: idolatry, incest, adultery, ch … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 5

have been imagining that Jehovah was at least quasi-just and thus demanded trials for each Canaanite before the Canaanites were condemned to death as punishment for a serious crime or sin.  My argument is that there were many kinds of BIAS on the part of Jehovah and the Israelites which would make such trials unfair and thus the use of the death penalty in those circumstances was clearly unjust.I have just one more category of BIAS to discuss, but it is IMHO a root cause of many of various … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 4

In Part 3 of this series, I raised twenty objections to a Conservative Christian approach to the Old Testament stories about Jehovah commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children).  Most of the objections are to the effect that some particular aspect of the slaughter of the Canaanites is evidence that JEHOVAH IS UNJUST.The particular attempt to show that Jehovah and the Israelites were morally justified in this horrifically violent activity is from an a … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book for Both Christians and Atheists

I'm referring to Randal Rauser's book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? If you haven't read it yet, you should. But don't take my word for it. (I'm biased as a contributor to one small part of the book.) Instead, read this recent review which appeared in the "Progressive Christian" channel here on Patheos.LINK to reviewLINK to book at Amazon.com … [Read more...]


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