Catalog of Bayesian Arguments in Philosophy of Religion

I've created a new page, with a permanent link near the top of the screen, to a catalog of Bayesian arguments in the philosophy of religion, including Bayesian arguments for and against God's existence. This is a work-in-progress, so please leave a comment on that page to let me know of any additions, edits, etc. I need to make. … [Read more...]

Flanagan’s Response to Me (Re: Jerry Coyne on Explaining Morality)

Matthew Flanagan has written a response to my post on Jerry Coyne and explaining morality. I am quoting his response in its entirety, with Flannagan's permission. Hi Jeffery, I tried posting this on your site but couldn’t, feel free to do so. You write: ”I suspect that C.S. Lewis’ moral argument for God’s existence is probably much more influential among the average reader of USA Today than the work of Robert Adams. And Lewis does appeal to a variety of moral phenomena in in Mere Christianity as … [Read more...]

LINK: Rosalind Carey’s Review of Michael Martin’s ATHEISM, MORALITY, AND MEANING

LINKRelated articles: here, here, here, and here … [Read more...]

The Implausibility of Appealing to the Many-Worlds Hypothesis to Defeat the Fine-Tuning Argument

I know what I am about to write will be controversial among atheists--one of them may (?) be a certain professional physicist who writes regularly for The Secular Outpost--but I have never agreed with the idea of appealing to the hypothesis of multiple universes ("multiverse") as an objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence. Philosopher Bradley Monton is much more knowledgeable about the intersection of philosophy and physics than I am, so I felt good to discover he has the same … [Read more...]

Summary and Assessment of the Craig-Drange Debate (1997)

(This is yet another old debate summary and assessment from my archives. I think I wrote this around 1998. I am posting it here unchanged.)On February 26, 1997 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, William Lane Craig debated Theodore Drange of West Virginia University. The topic was, "Does God exist?"Note: video of the debate is available online here.SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING THIS DEBATE SUMMARYDrange did not address each of Craig's theistic arguments in turn. Instead, he made three … [Read more...]

Summary and Assessment of the Craig-Draper Debate on the Existence of God (1998)

This is a another very old debate summary, which I wrote back in 1998. I have made some minor changes.SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT OF THE CRAIG-DRAPER DEBATE: DOES GOD EXIST? (1997) United States Military Academy at West PointNote: the audio of this debate may be heard here.Craig's Opening StatementCraig's presentation was his standard, cumulative case for Christian theism.T1. The kalam cosmological argument(1) Anything which begins to exist must have a cause(2) The universe began to exist(3) … [Read more...]

Fine-Tuning Argument: Having and Eating the Cake

Richard Swinburne adopted the Fine Tuning Argument as the heart of his 'Teleological Argument from Spatial Order' (The Existence of God, 2nd ed., p.167-190). The key premise of this argument mentions tuning: "...the universe...[is] tuned--that is, such as to allow and indeed make significantly probable the existence of human bodies." (EOG, p.188)Here is another statement of the key claim:"...the laws and boundary conditions of the universe...[are] such as to make probable the evolution of human … [Read more...]

Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 10

1. Don’t Criticize what you don’t understand. I have been following this principle in my approach to Richard Swinburne. For more than a year now I have studied his case for God in The Coherence of Theism and The Existence of God. As an atheist the objective of finding significant problems in his case for theism is of interest to me, so that I can refute his case as part of a defense of my own viewpoint. But I’m not anxious to achieve that goal. So far, I have made no serious attempt to refute Swi … [Read more...]