What Explains God’s Moral Grounding Power? Part II

In an earlier article, I wrote about a question for divine command metaethics, a question that I called the Moral Grounding Question.Moral Grounding Question (MGQ): In virtue of what do God’s commands ground moral obligations? (or, in virtue of what does God have MG-power?)In that previous post, I explained the moral grounding question and showed that it is a question that defenders of the Divine Command Theory (DCT) need to answer. I also argued that one possible answer to MGQ, namely t … [Read more...]

Eternal Accountability

Vic Reppert recently posted this on his Dangerous Idea site under the title “Eternal Accountability”:“I don't think atheists appreciate the force of the doctrine of eternal accountability in restraining evil. Unless there is eternal accountability, either of the Hindu karma-birth-rebirth kind, or accountability before a monotheistic God, if we get away with it on earth, we get away with it period.”Response: I don’t think that theists appreciate the lack of force of the doctrine of eternal … [Read more...]

Question for Theists: Why Is It Important to Begin Governmental Meetings with Prayer?

As I was thinking about this question, I thought to myself, "Anyone who wants to pray can always go down the street to a church, synagogue, or mosque. They can also pray silently. If I were a theist, that is what I would do. What's the problem? Why do they feel it important to use the machinery of government to do this?" In the spirit of charity, I decided there must be another reason I've overlooked.So the purpose of this post is to invite theistic readers to provide their answer to that … [Read more...]

The Evolution of God

From The Onion. Very Funny.http://www.theonion.com/articles/biologists-confirm-god-evolved-from-chimpanzee-dei,35755/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview%3ANA%3AInFocus … [Read more...]

Upcoming Resurrection Debate in the Houston Area

Here is a preview of an upcoming debate on the resurrection to be held at a Houston-area church. I have never heard of either of these debaters. From today's Houston Chronicle.http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Believer-skeptic-to-match-wits-in-debate-about-6180583.phpA couple of observations:(1) Any skeptical debater is going to have to give a convincing account that explains why the Disciples, who were clearly a dejected, demoralized, and frightened … [Read more...]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Christianity

Lust, sloth, gluttony, anger, pride, envy, and greed: These are the sins which Christian teachers and preachers have long cited as “deadly,” that is, the ones most urgently to be avoided since they are vicious in themselves and lie at the root of so many other sins. Of course, precisely defining and delimiting these transgressions has occupied armies of casuists. For instance, just what is gluttony? As Bertrand Russell once observed, if gluttony is eating just for fun, then we risk damnation wit … [Read more...]

Rape them Atheists!

Here is something from the Huffington Post about somebody named Phil Robertson. Caution: if you have a sensitive stomach you may want to position an appropriate receptacle nearby.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/phil-robertson-atheist-rape_n_6936662.htmlI don’t know much about this guy. He apparently is on some show about a duck or something. He looks like an ayatollah and sounds like an idiot. I am pretty sure he is not an ayatollah.The interesting point here is that the s … [Read more...]

What if you Saw a Miracle?

I recently saw this posted on Victor Reppert’s Dangerous Idea site. I haven’t got a copy of The Brothers Karamazov on hand so I cannot quote it directly from the (translated) original. Nevertheless, it is a succinct statement of a charge that many have made, namely that unbelievers—naturalists in particular—would not believe even if confronted with a miracle that “stands before him as an irrefutable fact.”In my opinion miracles will never confound a naturalist. It is not miracles that bring a … [Read more...]


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