LINK: Nate Shannon on Anderson and Welty’s Ambiguous Necessity

"In their argument for the existence of God from the laws of logic,* James Anderson and Greg Welty (AW) claim that the laws of logic exist necessarily. Their claim is that the laws of logic possess de re necessity, the type of necessity—metaphysical necessity—predicated of objects. How do they get there? They don’t, in my view, and their oversight is a smooth ambiguity between de re and de dicto necessity."LINK … [Read more...]

LINK: Why Is There Anything At All? A Response To Stenger

"As someone with sympathies for the Argument from Contingency, and as a non-believer, I am constantly frustrated when I see atheists who should frankly know better completely miss the point of the argument and attack straw-men or simply re-define the word "nothing" so the problem goes away. Philosophers have been quite good at pointing out the mistakes of people like Lawrence Krauss. It is sad to see people like Krauss dismiss their critics out of hand, or worse, put them in the same … [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...]

WOTM: What a Friend We Have in Joshie

This is a brilliant video clip exposing the absurdity and immorality of condemning people to eternal punishment solely based on nonbelief. (HT: PZ Myers) … [Read more...]

LINK: The Problem with Everlasting Punishment

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Christian Philosopher Michael Sudduth Converts to Vaishnava Vedanta

Bill Vallicella has posted a long letter from Sudduth on his blog, describing what has happened and how. This is not the kind of thing one sees very often, so it makes for fascinating reading. … [Read more...]

Horia George Plugaru’s Argument Against the Abundance Theory of Creation

The Internet Infidels just published a new essay by Horia George Plugaru in the Secular Web's Kiosk, "Why the Abundance Theory of Creation Fails." From the opening paragraph:How can God be both a perfect being and the creator of the universe? Doesn't the fact that he created the world imply that he had a need or want? Otherwise, why would he bother creating anything at all? But then, if he had a need that implied the existence of the universe in order to be fulfilled, it seems he is not perfect: … [Read more...]

Links and News — 19-Dec-11

Housekeeping"Secular Outpost Revamped"Ex-Apologist favorably mentions recent changes at The Secular Outpost.[Editor's Note (Lowder): Thanks!]"The Skeptic Awards 2011"The Skeptic Magazine plans to give awards for several types of skeptical activity, including "Best Blog." [Editor's Note (Lowder): Please consider voting for The Secular Outpost!]Miscellaneous"Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy of Religion"These lectures, which will be streamed online, will include talks by Jeffrey Schloss and … [Read more...]


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