Sean Carroll: Does the Universe Need God?

That is the title of Carroll's essay in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. Carroll argues that cosmology doesn’t require or support theological hypotheses. An online copy is available at the blog, What There Is and Why There Is Anything.LINK … [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...]

Wes Morriston’s The Moral Obligations of Reasonable Non-Believers: A special problem for divine command metaethics

The fact that many people do not believe that there is a God creates an obvious problem for divine command metaethics. They have moral obligations, and are often enough aware of having them. Yet it is not easy to think of such persons as "hearing" divine commands. This makes it hard to see how a divine command theory can offer a completely general account of the nature of moral obligation. The present paper takes a close look at this issue as it emerges in the context of the most recent version … [Read more...]

ex-apologist: On a Common Apologetic Fallacy

The fallacy sketched above occurs so frequently in the apologetics literature that I hereby label it the Apologetics Fallacy. The Apologetics Fallacy is the dialectical fallacy of assuming, in contexts of the sort sketched above, that because one has shown that D isn't a rebutting defeater for P, one has thereby shown that D isn't an undercutting defeater for P. A paradigm case of the Apologetics Fallacy can be found on pp. 291-292 of this article. And a paradigm case of the … [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...]

Skeptic Blogs

Here is a link to John Loftus's new blog aggregation site.Skeptic Blogs … [Read more...]

Atheist Ethicist: Theism, Atheism, and Blame

This is an old post, but worth linking to now regardless. Alonzo Fyfe at the Atheist Ethicist makes this important point.If you take “atheism” and its counter-part “theism” NEITHER of these are a source of violence or evil. You cannot draw any moral implications from the statement, “It is not the case that at least one God exists” just as you cannot draw any moral implication from the statement, “It is the case that at least one God exists.” They are both behaviorally, morally, and practical … [Read more...]

Theological Noncognitivism on Youtube

I am not a noncognitivist, but philosopher Ted Drange says that this video is the best one on YouTube about noncognitivism. … [Read more...]