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...]

Review of The Privileged Planet by William Jefferys

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D Rizdek’s Objection to Fine-Tuning Arguments for God’s Existence

D Rizdek at Debunking Christianity tries to turn the tables on defenders of fine-tuning arguments for God's existence; he says that apparent fine-tuning only makes sense if there is no God.LINK (HT: The A-Unicornist)It's a short post, so go read it. Then I'd love to read your answers to this question: is that a good defeater to fine-tuning arguments? … [Read more...]

For Victor Reppert: The Metaethical Objections to Craig’s Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements

This is a quick follow-up to my last reply to Victor Reppert. The title of Reppert's post is, "The Moral Argument that Christians don't use, but atheists always rebut." In reply, we can point to "The Metaethical Objections to Craig's Moral Argument Which His Sophisticated Critics Use, But Craig Never Acknowledges in Debate Opening Statements."LINK … [Read more...]

Victor Reppert on Atheist Responses to Moral Arguments

Commenting on how atheists have responded to William Lane Craig's moral argument, Victor Reppert writes this.Yet, when I hear atheists talking about moral arguments, they always assume that the advocate of the moral argument is saying that we have to believe in God to lead moral lives, (and indignantly argue that we don't have to believe in God to lead moral lives) in spite of the fact that Christian advocates of moral arguments, at least the ones I am familiar with NEVER say … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Multiverse Skeptic

Okay, the title of my post is a little misleading. A more accurate, but less catchy, title for my post would be, "Confessions of a Skeptic of the Multiverse Objection to the Fine-Tuning Argument." Whew! Just trying saying that five times fast!On a serious note, I've mentioned before that I am not convinced by appeals to the multiverse hypothesis to probabilistic versions of the fine-tuning argument (FTA). In this post, I will try to explain why.Informal Critique of the Multiverse … [Read more...]

LINK: “But Theists Do It Too: An Objection To Plantinga’s EAAN” by Jimmy Licon

Abstract: In this paper, I present an objection to Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism called the theistic parity reply. Since traditional theism holds there is a great deal about the thoughts/intentions of God that is unknown to his creations, it could be that God desires that his subjects lack doxastic reliability for some good, unknown to them. If such a scenario cannot be blocked by the theist, then she must admit the probability her cognitive faculties are reliable is i … [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...]