Theism, Atheism, and Dismissive Attitudes

Here are two hypotheses about theism, atheism, and dismissive attitudes.H1: for (some / many / most) theists, how dismissive a theist is to atheism is inversely proportional to how familiar said theist is to the best, most robust arguments for atheism*H2: for (some / many / most) atheists, how dismissive an atheist is to theism is inversely proportional to how familiar said atheist is to best, most robust arguments arguments for theism* For purposes of this post, replace "atheism" … [Read more...]

Morality and Atheism: An Exchange with Prof. Feser

Note: This is my initial post of an exchange with Dr. Ed Feser on the topic “Can morality have a rational justification if atheism or naturalism is true?” My answer, of course, is “Yes it can!” I decided to address the issue by spelling out, in some detail, what I think a good naturalistic theory would be. In my second post I will directly address Dr. Feser’s post. I thought that I recalled that our initial post on this topic had a 5000 word limit. I was wrong; it was 2500 words, and Dr. Fese … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on the Torments of Hell

This is a modified quote from my essay "Hell: Christianity's Most Damnable Doctrine" in The End of Christianity, edited by John Loftus, Prometheus Books, 2012. The page numbers in parentheses refer to Lewis's book The Problem of Pain. Now, I know, as my friend John Beversluis discovered when he wrote his wonderful book on Lewis, whenever you say anything about what Lewis said, a host of wrathful Lewisites will say that you took his words out of context, or that Lewis modified or retracted his … [Read more...]

Justin Schieber on Dogmatism

"Ignoring faults of arguments that agree with your conclusions is what leads to dogmatism." … [Read more...]

Forward into the Past

It looks like my home state of Jawja is going to follow Arizona's "lead" and is trying to pass legislation that would broadly permit discrimination against gay people: This news definitely induces a sense of deja vu for me. When I was a kid growing up in the Atlanta area in the 1960's there was a well-known noisy segregationist named Lester Maddox. Ol' Lester was a card. He ran … [Read more...]

Natural Selection in Action?

So that I'm not accused of attacking a strawman, let me say at the outset that I know this guy isn't representative of most theists. With that said, it continues to amaze me whenever people are this stupid: for some jaw-dropping video on this church, check this out: another one:What a … [Read more...]

Stirring the Pot

It has been quiet here at SO lately. A little TOO quiet—as they used to say in the old Western movies. Maybe we are not saying anything very controversial. Or maybe people are just too busy with real work to do. Anyway, I thought I would stir the pot with some claims that I would like to see debated. I do not necessarily endorse either of these claims, but I would like to see them argued out. Luther had 95 theses. I will make do with two:1) Further argument on theism vs. atheism issues i … [Read more...]

The Afterlife Broadcasting Company Presents

This is a portion of a dialogue I wrote for the benefit of students in my introductory ethics class. Since we have had some lively debates about ethical matters here at SO, I thought some readers might be interested. I imagined a discussion (in some sort of afterlife) between Aristotle, Locke, Mill, and Kant. Each of the characters in the dialogue are my inventions, based on my readings of the originals.They have all been updated and so, of course, much of what they have to say is completely … [Read more...]