What is Philosophy – Part 2

Some people (who are sadly mistaken) think that the question "What is philosophy?" can be answered simply by picking up a dictionary and reading the definition (or definitions) of the word "philosophy".  Although it is delusional to look to a dictionary to resolve this issue, it is not a bad idea to start out this investigation by taking a look at some dictionary definitions, on the assumption that this is only a first step of an inquiry, not the last step.Some basic clarification and … [Read more...]

Scientific Evidence Against God’s Existence: A Reply to Joe Hinman

In response to my recent blog post, "Six Findings from Experimental Science that Disconfirm Theism," Joe Hinman (aka Metacrock) recently posted a rebuttal on his blog 'AtheistWatch.'1. His post begins with a graphic which shows two pie charts, one showing the distribution of different religious beliefs among the general public and one showing that same distribution among scientists. There are many things which could be said about that topic, but I'm going to pass over that since (1) H … [Read more...]

What is Philosophy? – Part 1

The question "What is philosophy?" is an important question.  One reason this question is important is that we must answer this question FIRST, before we can answer any of the following questions:Q1. Is philosophy a legitimate academic discipline?Q2. Is philosophy useful?Q3. Can investigation/inquiry/argumentation in philosophy produce answers to significant questions?Q4. Can any significant claims be proven or shown to be more reasonable than their denial by use of the methods, … [Read more...]

A Key Difference between Science and Religion

In science, we ask, "What's the evidence?", before believing. Only religion* asks us to believe first and consider the evidence later, if ever.Two clarifications:1. I am not claiming that all religions do this. Rather, I'm claiming that if/when this happens, it only seems to happen in the context of religion. (If I've missed any non-religious examples of this, please let me know and I will issue a correction!)2. Nor am I making the scientistic claim that the only way to know … [Read more...]

Please Support the Ultimate Counter-Creationism Resource, Troubles in Paradise (TIP)!

The following is a guest post by James Downard, who is spearheading the Troubles in Paradise (TIP) project.I'll put the #TIP project into as small a nutshell as possible. I'm assembling the ultimate counter-creationism resource (think Talk Origins Archive on a gigantic updated scale, if you need proof of the scale, open up the main TIP bibliography & see what 37,000 sources looks like) aiming to squash antievolutionists between two vise prongs: the evidence for evolution on one side, … [Read more...]

G&T Rebuttal, Part 5: Chapter 6

Chapter 6. New Life Forms: From the Goo to You via the Zoo?  Drawing upon the work of sophisticated Intelligent Design (ID) theorists such as William Dembski, Michael Behe, and Jonathan Wells, this chapter uses many of the state-of-the art Intelligent Design (ID) arguments against evolution by natural selection. It also defends ID against various objections.(i) Objections to Natural Selection: G&T argue that macroevolution is defeated by the following objections: (a) genetic … [Read more...]

G&T Rebuttal, Part 4: Chapter 5

Chapter 5. The First Life: Natural Law or Divine Awe?  In this chapter, G&T defend a design argument focused on the first life. They also present a variety of objections to scientism and materialism.I will provide a very brief summary of their points, before providing my critique.(i) Argument to Design of the First Life: G&T argue that the origin of the first life is evidence favoring theism over naturalism. They emphasize the following points:  (1) all life, including … [Read more...]

G&T Rebuttal, Part 2: Chapter 3

Chapter 3. In the Beginning There Was a Great SURGE  G&T tell us that the “Cosmological Argument is the argument from the beginning of the universe” (74). That is sloppy; G&T have conflated the family of arguments known as ‘the’ cosmological argument with one specific version of that argument (the kalām cosmological argument). But let that pass. G&T formulate the argument as follows.1. Everything that had a beginning has a cause. 2. The universe had a beginning. 3. The … [Read more...]


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