Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2006

Here is an index of our top ten most popular posts from 2006. 1. "New Blog: The Ex-Apologist"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/11/new-blog-ex-apologist.html2. "Who Is the Most Prominent Atheist?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/07/who-is-most-prominent-atheist.html3. "An Atheist Visits Christian Forums"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2006/01/atheist-visits-christian-forums.html4. "Could an Atheist Pass a Lie Detector Test while Proclaiming … [Read more...]

Best Atheist Debate Performances (revised 3-Apr-14)

The Secular Outpost seems to consistently get a lot of traffic from people who are doing Internet searches for "best atheist debaters." This post is for them.This post was originally titled "Best Atheist Debaters." Just as I changed the old post "Worst Atheist Debaters" to "Worst Atheist Debate Performances," I've changed this post from "Best Atheist Debate Performances." The logic is simple: anyone can get lucky and have an exceptionally good day or exceptionally bad day. So with that … [Read more...]

Review of J.L. Schellenberg’s The Wisdom to Doubt: Index

The purpose of this post is to serve as an index or hub page for all of the posts in my series on Schellenberg's important book. Book ReviewedOur RatingTitle: The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious SkepticismAuthor: J.L. SchellenbergPublisher: Cornell University PressPublication Date: 2007List Price: $45.95Must ReadSummary: This book is a "must-read" for anyone interested in philosophy of religion.Contents and Detailed Review:The book's table of contents is reproduced below; links to … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 4: Michael Martin’s Expanded Version

A. The Arguments FormulatedIn chapter 13 of Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, Michael Martin argues that Salmon's arguments can be expanded to provide a powerful case for atheism: If Salmon's arguments concerning the unique properties of God are restated and expanded, they provide a powerful inductive case for positive atheism in the narrow sense. The theistic God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, disembodied person who created the universe out of nothing. If it can be shown … [Read more...]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

 'No more virgins' Corrected VersionAccording to the UK's Daily Mall, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council has warned that repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in "no more virgins." The Daily Mall states that the religious council's report "warns that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’." Futhermore, "Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claim, there would be ‘no more vir … [Read more...]

How Not To Run a Public Relations Campaign

The Internet Infidels News Wire linked to a story today about a Pennsylvania town which refuses to include an atheist banner as part of a holiday display. I understand the church-state issues involved, but I scratch my head when I try to make sense of the public relations strategy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) here. I understand why they want to have a holiday display to represent atheism alongside religious displays, but I don't understand what they hope to accomplish with the … [Read more...]

Links and News — 2-Dec-11

Moment of Zen"I *Can* Get Satisfaction!" by John S. Wilkins (@Evolving Thoughts)Interactions Between Secular Outpost Authors and Theistic Blog AuthorsLowder:With Matthew Flannagan regarding Jerry Coyne's editorial on goodness without God: Flannagan's initial post, Lowder's response, Flannagan's response, Lowder's response, Flannagan's response, my response.Parsons:"This is Parsons' Critique of Kreeft and Tacelli on Hallucinations" by Victor Reppert. The post doesn't contain much content, but the … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 5

In 1976, the Christian philosopher Norman Geisler published a book titled: Christian Apologetics (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan). In Chapter 17, Geisler argues for "The deity and authority of Jesus Christ". A portion of that chapter is devoted to Geisler's case for the resurrection of Jesus.In my view it is ridiculous to the point of being pathetic, that Geisler thinks he can prove the resurrection of Jesus in just 5.3 pages (p. 346 - 351). I would expect such a case for the … [Read more...]


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