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

Islam and Evolution discussion from 2010

I just found that the video of a discussion about Islam and Evolution that I took part in 2010 is available on the web. It turned into a more general discussion about science and religion as well. Ehab Abouheif, a biologist, leads off by explaining why evolution and Islam are compatible for him; I come in with a more skeptical point of view.Anyway, since I enjoyed this event, and I think of it as a good example of what can… Read more

LINK: From Friendly Atheism to Friendly Natural Theology

Jeffery Johnson, “From Friendly Atheism to Friendly Natural Theology: The Case for Modesty in Religious Epistemology” Minerva – An Internet Journal of Philosophy Vol. 7 2003. AbstractPhilosophical theists argue with great ingenuity and sophistication that there is excellent evidence in support of the existence of the God of western theism. Philosophical atheists argue with equal skill that the evidence is negative. Both sides can’t be right. But, this seems to imply that one camp is guilty of serious epistemological error…. Read more

LINK: The Myth of Militant Atheism

“[W]hile millions of atheists are indeed walking our streets, it would be difficult to find even one who could accurately be described as militant. In all of American history, it is doubtful that any person has ever been killed in the name of atheism. In fact, it would be difficult to find evidence that any American has ever even been harmed in the name of atheism. It just does not happen, because the notion of “militant atheism” is entirely fantasy.”LINK Read more

LINK: Follow-up on Republicans United Against Atheists

Earlier this week, I posted a link to an article describing how Newt Gingrich questioned the trustworthiness of atheists in a Republican presidential debate. I just stumbled upon a post at another blog that examines the logical consequences of Gingrich’s statement.LINK Read more

Please Welcome Victor Stenger to the Secular Outpost

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Victor Stenger has graciously agreed to join the Secular Outpost as an occasional contributor. Stenger is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has written numerous books and articles, including New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, as well as The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning, The New Atheism, Quantum Gods, Has Science Found God?, and more (click here… Read more

Christi-inanity

I was alerted to this by a friend who is a Methodist minister. And the United Methodists have a reputation for being one of the more open and progressive denominations.http://doroteos2.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/christi-inanity/ Read more

LINK: “God and Moral Law” by Mark Murphy

Though I disagree with his conclusions, I’ve always respected the writings of Christian philosopher Mark Murphy on the relationship between God and morality. He has written a book, God and the Moral Law: On the Theistic Explanation of Morality, which will be published by Oxford University Press early next year. Based on the description of the book, it sounds extremely interesting. Murphy criticizes natural law theory and divine command theory, which are the most dominant theistic accounts of morality.In their… Read more

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