LINK: Gianluca Di Muzio on Theism and the Meaning of Life

Abstract Theists are inclined to assert that human life would be meaningless if there was no personal immortality and God did not exist. The present paper aims to evaluate the truth of this claim. The author first explores the conception of meaning that is at the roots of the theistic position. After pointing out some difficulties with it, the author shows that, on a plausible alternative interpretation of what it is for an activity to have meaning, human life would… Read more

LINK: Tim Mawson’s Review of Divine Motivation Theory by Linda Zagzebski

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LINK: Andrew Wohlgemuth’s Review of The Resurrection of God Incarnate by Richard Swinburne

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LINK: Mikael Stenmark on Evolution, Purpose, and God

A number of biologists maintain that the recent developments in evolutionary biology have profound implications for religion, morality and our self-understanding. The author focuses on the issue whether evolutionary biology has any relevance for a religious understanding of the meaning of life. First, the question about the meaning of life is clarified. Second, the argument of biologists such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould and Edward O. Wilson, that evolutionary theory undermines the religious belief that there is a purpose… Read more

LINK: Mark Wynn’s Review of The Non-Existence of God by Nicholas Everitt

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LINK: Nicholas Everitt’s Review of God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist

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LINK: Brian Garvey on Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence, and the Atheist’s Teapot

AbstractAtheists often admit that there is no positive evidence for atheism. Many argue that there is nonetheless a prima facie argument, which I will refer to as the ‘teapot argument’. They liken agnosticism to remaining neutral on the existence of a teapot in outer space. The present paper argues that this analogy fails, for the person who denies such a teapot can agree with the person who affirms it regarding every other feature of the world, which is not the… Read more

Phony financial planner defrauds churchgoers

James J. Buchanan of the Christ Life Church in Tempe, Arizona, defrauded 30-40 people out of over $5 million over the last ten years. He claimed to be a financial planner, and took many people’s life’s savings, as well as money from the church. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it’s hard to tell where the money went, but it appears that he used some of it to pay off early investors in classic Ponzi scheme style, and spent the… Read more

Republican​s Unite Against Atheists

In a Republican presidential debate, Newt Gingrich stated the following:I think if the question is does faith matter, absolutely. How can you have a country which is founded on truth, which begins, “We are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights” — how — how can you have the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which says religion, morality and knowledge being important, education matters? That’s the order: religion, morality and knowledge. Now, I happen to think that none of us… Read more

Old News But Still Interesting: Vatican Plans Major Effort to Engage Non-Believers

I have been out of the loop; I completely missed this when it was news. Here’s a link to an announcement from the Vatican Information Service, dated March 18, 2011, about a formal dialogue between believers and non-believers. LINKElsewhere, courtesy of Hemant Mehta at The Friendly Atheist, we learn that the Vatican’s desire to debate atheists comes with one catch: they are not interested in debating “polemical atheists” like Hitchens or Dawkins.LINKI, for one, don’t have a problem with the… Read more

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