Philosopher Bede Rundle has died.If you hadn’t heard of him and you are reading this blog, then you will almost certainly want to read his book, Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (Oxford University Press, 2004). Here’s a summary of Rundle’s argument, taken from his obituary:Since this universe is contingent, that is to say it might not have existed, at some point it did not exist, and at a later point it came into existence. Since something can only… Read more

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mason Crumpacker, the 9-year-old girl from Dallas who had a tete-a-tete with Christopher Hitchens last month at the Texas Freethought Convention (details here).  Dallas Morning News reporter Tod Robberson later interviewed her (long version here) and Dallasites were in for a surprise. Yes, there are children who say things like this– I personally think the story of Adam and Eve doesn’t really make sense. What proof is there of a Garden of Eden? What proof is… Read more

I’m pleased to announce another new contributor to The Secular Outpost: Dr. Louise Antony, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachussetts. Her work in the philosophy of religion includes editing the excellent book, Philosophers Without Gods (Oxford University Press, 2007) — (see here for her chapter); writing a commentary for the book transcript of the Craig-Kurtz debate on morality without God; and debating William Lane Craig on whether God is necessary for morality. She also edited (with Norbert Hornstein) Chomsky… Read more

The House of Representatives on November 1 voted in favor of a Congressional resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto and supporting its placement on public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions. This House Concurrent Resolution 13, which passed by a vote of 396 to 9, with 2 voting present, was sponsored by Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA). He added, “As our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for Members of Congress and our nation –… Read more

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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

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

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

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

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