The Evidential Argument from Moral Agency Revisited: A Reply to Jerry Coyne

1. IntroductionBiologist Jerry Coyne recently blogged about an argument I've called the "evidential argument from moral agency" (EMA). The argument was formulated by (then-agnostic, now-atheist) Paul Draper in an article in the American Philosophical Quarterly. (See here for a free copy.) I've blogged about the argument twice: see here and here.  It appears that Coyne has only seen the first blog post, which he says he finds easier to read than Draper's essay, but since he doesn't actually … [Read more...]

Round Table Discussion on Theism, Naturalism, and Evidence (video)

I join Justin Schieber (of Reasonable Doubts)  and others for a round table discussion on theism, naturalism, and evidence. I defend Draper's argument from moral agency and also an argument from consciousness for theism. … [Read more...]

Speaking in Seattle on Saturday

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I will be reprising my recent talk to the Central London Humanists, “Evidence About God: What Apologists Don’t Want You to Know,” but this time my audience will be the Creation Association of Puget Sound (CAPS). When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:00PM Where: Avondale Bible Church, 17010 Avondale Road Northeast, Woodinville, WA Here is information from the organizer: Refreshments and meetup discussions at 7:00, talk at 7:30, hosted by Avondale Bible Church. This meeting is organized for Chris … [Read more...]

Richard Swinburne’s newest book: Mind, Brain, and Free Will

This book will be published May 15, 2013. Here is the book’s description on Amazon: Mind, Brain, and Free Will presents a powerful new case for substance dualism (the idea that humans consist of two parts--body and soul) and for libertarian free will (that humans have some freedom to choose between alternatives, independently of the causes which influence them). Richard Swinburne argues that answers to questions about mind, body, and free will depend crucially on the answers to more general p … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Moral Agency (AMA) Revisited

I want to revisit Paul Draper's very interesting argument from moral agency against metaphysical naturalism.[1]Informal Statement of the ArgumentWe know that moral agents exist. If we ignore for a moment the evidence for moral agents--i.e., independent of the evidence for moral agents--we have much more reason on theism than on naturalism to expect the existence of moral agents.Let us start by considering metaphysical naturalism. If naturalism is true, then it is extremely improbable that there … [Read more...]

The Best Argument for God’s Existence: The Argument from Moral Agency

Continuing my theme of summarizing arguments about God's existence inspired by the writings of Paul Draper, this time I have chosen to summarize an argument for God's existence, the "argument from moral agency." Draper's full argument may be found in his paper "Cosmic Fine-Tuning and Terrestrial Suffering: Parallel Problems for Naturalism and Theism." (The link will take you to JSTOR, where the paper sits behind a 'paywall,' so if you don't have JSTOR access you won't be able to read the … [Read more...]


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