Review of J.L. Schellenberg’s The Wisdom to Doubt: Index

The purpose of this post is to serve as an index or hub page for all of the posts in my series on Schellenberg’s important book. Book Reviewed Our Rating Title: The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism Author: J.L. Schellenberg Publisher: Cornell University Press Publication Date: 2007 List Price: $45.95 Must Read Summary: This book is a “must-read” for anyone interested in philosophy of religion. Contents and Detailed Review: The book’s table of contents is reproduced below;… Read more

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 4: Michael Martin’s Expanded Version

A. The Arguments Formulated In chapter 13 of Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, Michael Martin argues that Salmon’s arguments can be expanded to provide a powerful case for atheism: If Salmon’s arguments concerning the unique properties of God are restated and expanded, they provide a powerful inductive case for positive atheism in the narrow sense. The theistic God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, disembodied person who created the universe out of nothing. If it can be shown that, in the light… Read more

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

 ‘No more virgins’ Corrected VersionAccording to the UK’s Daily Mall, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council has warned that repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in “no more virgins.” The Daily Mall states that the religious council’s report “warns that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’.” Futhermore, “Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claim, there would be ‘no more virgins’ in the… Read more

How Not To Run a Public Relations Campaign

The Internet Infidels News Wire linked to a story today about a Pennsylvania town which refuses to include an atheist banner as part of a holiday display. I understand the church-state issues involved, but I scratch my head when I try to make sense of the public relations strategy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) here. I understand why they want to have a holiday display to represent atheism alongside religious displays, but I don’t understand what they hope… Read more

Links and News — 2-Dec-11

Moment of Zen”I *Can* Get Satisfaction!” by John S. Wilkins (@Evolving Thoughts)Interactions Between Secular Outpost Authors and Theistic Blog AuthorsLowder:With Matthew Flannagan regarding Jerry Coyne’s editorial on goodness without God: Flannagan’s initial post, Lowder’s response, Flannagan’s response, Lowder’s response, Flannagan’s response, my response.Parsons:”This is Parsons’ Critique of Kreeft and Tacelli on Hallucinations” by Victor Reppert. The post doesn’t contain much content, but the comments are interesting.[Editor’s Note (Parsons): For a revised and more detailed version of these arguments, see my… Read more

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 5

In 1976, the Christian philosopher Norman Geisler published a book titled: Christian Apologetics (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan). In Chapter 17, Geisler argues for “The deity and authority of Jesus Christ”. A portion of that chapter is devoted to Geisler’s case for the resurrection of Jesus.In my view it is ridiculous to the point of being pathetic, that Geisler thinks he can prove the resurrection of Jesus in just 5.3 pages (p. 346 – 351). I would expect such… Read more

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 3: Assessment of Salmon’s Argument(s)

Two general comments. First, I am uninterested in matters of Salmon’s interpretation of Hume, so I’m going to skip over that issue in its entirety.[10] Second, it seems to me that the idea of using a frequency interpretation of probability for assigning probability values to ultimate metaphysical posits is fundamentally misguided;[11] I think the epistemic interpretation of probability would be much more appropriate for the context. A. The Argument Against an Unspecified Intelligent Designer Since Salmon himself admits that the… Read more

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 4

If you want something done right, then (sometimes) you have to do it yourself.I now know what my next project will be. Since, to the best of my knowledge, no Christian philosopher or apologist has made a good case for the resurrection of Jesus, I am going to build the first good case for the resurrection.First, I need to finish the article on Swinburne’s case for God. That article was supposed to be finished a year ago, and I still… Read more

Fun with Poetic Atheism

Dear Bleaders,I’m getting the sense that atheism in these parts (’round this url) is not as, shall we say “taken for granted” as it is in my usual conversations. A good number of my usual conversations take place in my head, the ones that involve other people are still usually in New York City, and failing that, often in universities, and in any number of reform religious temples and churches that invite me to speak, i.e. I go from one… Read more

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 2: Salmon’s Argument(s) Formulated

As I read him, Salmon presents multiple arguments against the design hypothesis. Let us consider the logical form of each argument in turn. Note that all of the argument labels are mine; Salmon does not label any of his arguments in his essay. A. The Argument Against an Unspecified Intelligent Designer This is the argument Salmon sketches in section 3 of his essay. Let A be any instance of coming-into-being; B be any instance of the operation of intelligence; and… Read more

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