LINKS: Ethics without God

(Another item from the backlog in my Drafts folder, with some more recent links added in.)Here are some very interesting links related to ethics without God.1. From Daniel Dennett: Robert Wright interviewed Daniel Dennett on being good without God. Video of the interview is available here; a transcript is available here.2. From Tom Clark: Tom Clark from the Center for Naturalism blogs about "Naturalism and Nihilism." 3. From Alonzo Fyfe: Alonzo Fyfe, of Atheist Ethicist fame, finally published … [Read more...]

LINKS: Theistic Defenses Against the Euthyphro Dilemma

(Another item from the backlog in my Drafts folder)I've discovered two essays online and one essay offline which provide interesting responses to the Euthyphro dilemma.1. Steve Lovell, "God as the Grounding of Moral Objectivity: Defending Against the Euthyphro."2. Michael Sudduth, "Is it Coherent to Suppose that God is both Morally Good and 'Above Morality'?" (2004)3. William Alston, "“Some Suggestions for Divine Command Theorists.” In Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy, ed. Michael … [Read more...]

LINK: Is Moral Autonomy Incompatible with the Existence of God?

The late James Rachels wrotes an essay, "God and Moral Autonomy," in which he defends an argument for the nonexistence of God based on the impossibility of a being worthy of worship. Peter Lupu and Bill Vallicella have an interesting exchange about the argument on the latter's Maverick Philosopher blog (see here). … [Read more...]

LINK: Richard Dawkins’ Hate Mail

LINKRelated Posts:"Extreme Unfriendly Theism or Abusive Theism""Open Letter to Theists about Abusing Atheists" … [Read more...]

LINK: New Blog: Religious Child Maltreatment

Janet Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books, 2011), the first book to take an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect caused by religious belief.Her blog may be found here: LINK … [Read more...]

A reluctant humanist

A tragedy of life is that the longer the list of things you want to get done grows in inverse proportion to the amount of time left to get it done. Just as my pile of books to read gets bigger the fewer years I have left to sit down with them, so the number of potential projects I'd like to tackle just keeps getting larger day by day.So when I was invited to blog here at The Secular Outpost, even though I was flattered by the invitation, I was reluctant to say yes. One more thing to do, a little … [Read more...]

LINK: Is God a Moral Compromiser?

Christian scholar Thom Stark has written a book-length rebuttal to Christian philosopher Paul Copan's book, Is God a Moral Monster? (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).  The title of Stark's book is, Is God a Moral Compromiser? A Critical Review of Paul Copan's "Is God a Moral Monster?" (second ed.). Stark's entire book is available for free as a PDF file on his website.Observant readers will notice I included a "new atheism" label on this post, insofar as the new atheists criticize the morality of … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Raymond Bradley to the Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost is still growing! Raymond Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University (retired), has also graciously agreed to join our team blog. You can read his full and very impressive biography, along with transcripts of several debates, on the SFU website here.Please welcome Dr. Ray Bradley! … [Read more...]


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