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… 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

LINK: Atheist Philosopher Julian Baggini Labels New Atheism “Destructive”

(This is another one for the “not new, but new for me” category.)Julian Baggini, author of the excellent book, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, explains that the four horseman of the new atheism is a “backwards step. It reinforces what I believe is a myth, that an atheist without a bishop to bash is like a fish without water.”LINK Read more

LINK: Jason B. Thibodeau Comments on Flannagan, Coyne, and Explaining Morality

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Announcing New Index of Our Debates

You’ll notice on the menu bar near the top of The Secular Outpost site a link to “Our Debates.” If you click on that link, you’ll see an index of our debates on God’s existence, God and morality, and Christianity. If available, we provide links to the relevant video, audio, transcript, summary, and assessment. The “scope” of this page is limited only to our debates (e.g., debates sponsored by Internet Infidels, debates involving at least one debater affiliated with the… Read more

LINK: Dave Harker on A Surprise for Horwich (and Some Advocates of the Fine-Tuning Argument (which does not include Horwich (as far as I know)))

AbstractThe judgment that a given event is epistemically improbable is necessary but insufficient for us to conclude that the event is surprising. Paul Horwich has argued that surprising events are, in addition, more probable given alternative background assumptions that are not themselves extremely improbable. I argue that Horwich’s definition fails to capture important features of surprises and offer an alternative definition that accords better with intuition. An important application of Horwich’s analysis has arisen in discussions of fine-tuning arguments. In… Read more

Archbishop Says “Atheism is Cool?”

Apparently Brittain’s archbishop, Rowan Williams, has said that “atheism is cool,” as an explanation for why the Chuch of England finds it increasingly difficult to convey its message. Books by new atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens “get a high profile,” whereas “books that say Richard Dawkins is wrong don’t get the same kind of publicity because atheism is the new cool thing.” As a philosophically-inclined atheist, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I’m glad that the new… Read more

Please Welcome Eddie Tabash to the Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost blog team keeps growing! Eddie Tabash has accepted our invitation join The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Eddie chairs the national legal committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; chairs the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism; a lifetime member of American Atheists; and a strong supporter of Internet Infidels, Inc. Eddie has debated world famous Christian philosophers on the question of God’s existence, such as Peter van Inwagen (1993), Greg… Read more

LINK: Audio of Russell-Copleston Debate on God’s Existence (Part 2 of 2)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7kJOOENaNo]For a transcript of the debate (including other topics discussed), follow this link:http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/copleston.htmYou can download the audio here:http://www.archive.org/details/DebateOnTheExistenceOfGodBertrandRussellV.Fr.F… Read more

LINK: Audio of Russell-Copleston Debate on God’s Existence (Part 1 of 2)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BWFpBTqSN0]This is an excerpt from the famous BBC Radio debate between Father Frederick C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell. In this section, they discuss Leibniz’s Argument from Contingency, which is a form of the Cosmological Argument. It differs from other Cosmological arguments (e.g. Kalam) in that it is consistent with an eternal universe, as it doesn’t appeal to first causes, but rather the principle of sufficient reason. It can be summarized in this way:(1) Everything that exists contingently has a reason… Read more

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