Decisive Refutation of the Kalam Argument

(redating post originally published on 4 February 2006)Faith and Philosophy somewhat recently (2002) published a critique of the kalam cosmological argument that I think is decisive. The paper is written by Christian philosopher Wes Morriston and is entitled, "Must the Beginning of the Universe Have a Personal Cause?", by Wes Morriston.Morriston grants that the universe had a beginning in time. However, he scrutinizes in detail the claim that the First Cause is timeless and that it … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig Admits His Debate Quotations of Anthony Kenny Are Misleading

In his popular debates on God's existence, William Lane Craig is fond of quoting philosopher of Anthony Kenny regarding the combination of atheism and Big Bang cosmology.Now this tends to be very awkward for the atheist. For as Anthony Kenny of Oxford University urges, "A proponent of the Big Bang theory, at least if he is an atheist, must believe that … the universe came from nothing and by nothing." (See, for example, here)In my 1999 debate with Phil Fernandes, I responded roughly as f … [Read more...]

Yet Another Atheist Misrepresents a Theistic Argument (the Leibnizian Cosmological Argument)

The title of this blog post is hardly shocking, but it should be. When a philosopher explicitly lays out their argument with numbered premises and a conclusion, we should expect nothing less from critics than representing the argument by quoting the author's formulation. As we will soon see, however, yet another atheist has failed to do this.As I've mentioned before, William Lane Craig defended eight (8) argument for God's existence in his debate with Alex Rosenberg. Craig apparently (?) … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 11

Here is my main objection to William Craig's case for the resurrection of Jesus:It is not possible for a person to rise from the dead until AFTER that person has actually died. Thus, in order to prove that Jesus rose from the dead, one must first prove that Jesus died on the cross. But in most of William Craig's various books, articles, and debates, he simply ignores this issue. He makes no serious attempt to show that it is an historical fact that Jesus died on the cross.  For that reason, … [Read more...]

Robert Kuhn’s Nine Levels of Nothing

If you've participated in many discussions about science or religion in which the word "nothing" plays a central role, you've probably noticed that "nothing" has different meanings for different people. Robert Lawrence Kuhn has put together a thought-provoking taxonomy of nine levels of nothing, which I think could be very useful for clarifying which "nothing" someone has in mind during such conversations.LINK … [Read more...]

My Posts for 2015

My Blog Posts for 2015 FAITH (17 posts) Jesus on Faith (6 … [Read more...]

Dr. Richard Carrier’s Rebuttal to My Commentary on His Exchange with Dr. Luke Barnes about the Fine-Tuning Argument

This is one of those debates where you really have to get into the details just to arrive at an informed position. I've read his rebuttal, but so much time has passed that I will need to re-read his book chapter (yes, I did read it), Barnes' posts, and my commentary before I can even decide what to make of his rebuttal. Because of other commitments, it's doubtful that I will be able to do that anytime soon. But that's no reason not to check out his rebuttal for yourself, if you're interested in … [Read more...]

Why Do So Many People Have a “Winner Takes All” Approach to Evidence about Gods?

If you've a regular reader of this blog -- or any other blog or website devoted to the existence of God -- you've probably noticed how often partisans for one side or the other have a "winner takes all" approach to the evidence. In the past, even I was guilty of making statements like, "There is no evidence for God's existence."It now seems to me that one should be very cautious before making such statements (or the theistic equivalent, "There is no evidence against God's existence.") The … [Read more...]