Platonism vs. Divine Aseity: A Deductive Argument for the Non-Existence of God

The purpose of this post is to sketch an argument for the nonexistence of God based upon the logical incompatibility of divine aseity and the existence of God. In Martin's and Monnier's taxonomy of arguments for atheism (see The Impossibility of God, Buffalo: Prometheus, 2003), this argument would be classified as a "deductive disproof of the existence of God."The Doctrine of Divine Aseity FormulatedLet us begin by defining the doctrine of divine aseity as follows:(A1) God does not depend on … [Read more...]

Criminalizing sex

A poster put out by one of the Islamist political parties in Turkey. On top of the image of people turned to stone, with hints of Sodom and Gomorrah, the slogans are "Criminalize adultery" and "Homosexuality is immorality."They may eventually get their way as well. There's considerable public support for enforcing religious morality through the legal code. In Turkey, as with other Muslim countries, a lot of this is already part of the legal system; the Islamists only want to intensify something … [Read more...]

Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 5

The first phase of Swinburne's case for God is in his book The Coherence of Theism, where he argues that the sentence 'God exists' is a meaningful declarative sentence that makes a coherent statement.  The middle section of this book covers his concept of a 'contingent' God, which is basically the God of traditional theism minus the problematic belief that God is a necessary being.I won't try to give a blow-by-blow account of these important chapters, but will give a general description of … [Read more...]

Zombie Ayn Rand

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Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 3

This is an excerpt from Part 17 of my Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus posts:=================================Doubting the Doubting Thomas StoryWhy doubt the Doubting Thomas story? There are three different kinds of considerations that support a skeptical view of the Doubting Thomas story.1. General Problems with the Gospels – including the Fourth Gospela. It was written by a Christian believer with the purpose of promoting Christian beliefs.b. It was probably not w … [Read more...]

Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 2

This is an excerpt from Part 17 of my Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus posts:=================================Doubting the Doubting Thomas StoryWhy doubt the Doubting Thomas story? There are three different kinds of considerations that support a skeptical view of the Doubting Thomas story.1. General Problems with the Gospels – including the Fourth Gospela. It was written by a Christian believer with the purpose of promoting Christian beliefs.b. It was probably not written by a … [Read more...]

THE HYPERBOLE EXCUSE

Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/pastor-sean-harris-beat-gay-children-sermon_n_1474510.html?ref=gay-voices Typical. Whenever an extremist is called out for making violent and hateful remarks, the response is always the same: "Just kidding. Hah hah. I was only using hyperbole to make a point." OK, well, I guess sauce for the goose... I think a 320 pound, heavily tattooed, leather-clad gay biker should collar Rev. Harris, beat his bigoted butt with a baseball bat, … [Read more...]

Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 1

A comment by ‘Pulse’ on one of my recent posts about the resurrection, has sparked an idea: the need for a checklist of historical criteria for claims about Jesus.  One purpose for such a checklist is to enable others to think critically about claims about Jesus.  Another purpose would be to enable one (myself included) to think more systematically and objectively about such questions, to avoid ‘cherry picking’ the relevant evidence.Jesus scholars often discuss and use criteria of authe … [Read more...]


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