LINK: Chapter-by-Chapter Critique of William Lane Craig’s, “On Guard”

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Help Wanted – Part 2

In The Existence of God, 2nd ed. (hereafter: EOG) Richard Swinburne defends the following inductive version of the Cosmological argument (hereafter: TCA):e: There is a complex physical universe.Therefore,g: God exists.A key premise in Swinburne’s (deductive) argument in defense of TCA goes like this:(TCA9) The probability that there will be a complex physical universe given that God does not exist is low. (EOG, p.151)I asked Mr. Swinburne to clarify his reasoning on this point, and he kindly provided a detailed explanation… Read more

Graham Oppy Has Joined the Secular Outpost Team!

I am very honored to announce that Dr. Graham Oppy has agreed to join The Secular Outpost’s distinguished list of contributors. Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. His publications include Arguing About Gods, Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity, and Ontological Arguments and Belief in God, as well as numerous articles. (Click here for links to books by Oppy and other SO contributors.) Dr. Oppy is a long-time supporter of the Internet Infidels and I simply have to plug my favorite… Read more

Bibliography on Religion and Morality

The purpose of this bibliography is to provide a comprehensive list of all academic articles published on the relationship between religion and morality. This bibliography is something I have been compiling for years; I still consider it a work in progress.  If you spot any errors, omissions, or other edits required, please post a comment and I will update the bibliography accordingly.Note: an asterisk (*) indicates an item which I consider particularly good. No inferences at all should be made… Read more

Andrea Weisberger Has Joined the Secular Outpost

It’s my pleasure to announce that Dr. Andrea Weisberger has agreed to join The Secular Outpost as a contributor. She is currently an Instructor of Philosophy at the University of North Florida and is the former chair of the Philosophy and Religion department at Jacksonville University. Her publications include, Suffering Belief: Evil and the Anglo-American Defense of Theism, as well as several journal articles. Read more

Jean Kazez Has Joined The Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost continues to grow! Dr. Jean Kazez is an atheist philosopher at Southern Methodist University. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Arizona at the same time our own Jim Lippard was studying there. Her books include Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals and The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life.She has written about atheism occasionally on her own blog; her writings are very insightful and provocative. Some examples of her previous blog… Read more

William Lane Craig: Internet Infidels Websites “Are Literally Pornographic”

Similar to my last post where I quoted the Pope, in this post I am going to quote, without comment, what William Lane Craig has apparently written about the Internet Infidels. In response to a Christian struggling with doubt, Craig writes:Be on guard for Satan’s deceptions. Never lose sight of the fact that you are involved in a spiritual warfare and that there is an enemy of your soul who hates you intensely, whose goal is your destruction, and who… Read more

New Secular Outpost Contributor: Bradley Monton

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Bradley Monton has agreed to join The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Dr. Monton is an atheist philosopher at the University of Colorado at Boulder who specializes in philosophy of religion, philosophy of science (especially physics), probabilistic epistemology, and philosophy of time. He’s written an interesting essay on the fine-tuning argument, “God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence,” and his book, Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design. Read more

Pope Blames Atheism for Concentration Camps

I’m going to quote, without commentary, what the Pope had to say on Thursday about atheism.If one basic type of violence today is religiously motivated and thus confronts religions with the question as to their true nature and obliges all of us to undergo purification, a second complex type of violence is motivated in precisely the opposite way: as a result of God’s absence, his denial and the loss of humanity which goes hand in hand with it. The enemies of… Read more

LINK: Ted Poston on the Problem of Social Evil

According to Ted Poston, the problem of evil includes more than just the familiar categories of moral evil and natural evil. It also includes social evil, which he defines as any pain or suffering brought about by game-theoretic interactions of many individuals. Social evils cannot be reduced to natural or moral evil. Moreover, traditional defenses for natural and moral evil fail against the problem of social evil.LINK Read more

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