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)

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)

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

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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