(ex-apologist) A Euthyphro to Craig’s Argument Against Atheist Significance, Meaning, and Purpose

LINKI noticed this argument and found it worth sharing: 1. Either (a) the purposes God sets for our lives are significant because God wills them, or (b) God wills them because they're significant.2. If (a), then what counts as a significant life is arbitrary.3. If (b), then what counts as a significant life is independent of God---------------4. Therefore, what counts as a significant life is either arbitrary or independent of God. … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: A Quick Euthyphro Dilemma Reply to Craig’s Argument Against Atheistic Meaning and Purpose

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Wintery Knight’s Secular Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

WinteryKnight has developed what he calls a "secular case against same-sex marriage." This post is addressed to the nontheists in the audience: do you think his case works? More importantly, why or why not? … [Read more...]

The Poverty of Theistic Morality

In an effort to increase visibility of an article that has been largely ignored by theists, I thought it would be interesting to discuss what Adolf Grünbaum has to say about the theistic implications of morality in his excellent essay, "The Poverty of Theistic Morality." He writes:One vital lesson of that analysis will be that, contrary to the widespread claims of moral asymmetry between theism and atheism, neither theism nor atheism as such permit the logical deduction of any judgments of moral … [Read more...]

Can Theists Be Moral?

That's a pretty silly question, isn't it? I would argue that it is about as silly as the question, "Can Atheists Be Moral?" Even fundamentalist Christian philosophers grant that atheists can know moral principles and behave according to those principles. If someone wishes to deny that theists or atheists can have morals, it seems the burden of proof should fall on them to offer some reason why they could not have morals. … [Read more...]

John Danaher on Corvino on the Definitional Objection to Same-sex Marriage (Part One)

John Danaher at Philosophical Disquisitions summarizes some interesting portions of Oxford University Press's book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage. LINK … [Read more...]

Louise Antony’s NYT Editorial on Good without God

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Atheism and the difference between consistency and entailment

At Jeff Lowder's suggestion, I'm re-posting this 2008 post from my own blog here.  Although the referenced blog, The Country Shrink, no longer exists, I have replaced the links to refer to copies of the posts at the Internet Archive.---A Christian rural psychologist has posted on his blog about "some psychological aspects of atheism," where he claims that:[Atheists] tend to not be able to understand that their position means “anything goes,” with respect to morality. If there is no God, the … [Read more...]


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