Jean Kazez Has Joined The Secular Outpost

The Secular Outpost continues to grow! Dr. Jean Kazez is an atheist philosopher at Southern Methodist University. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Arizona at the same time our own Jim Lippard was studying there. Her books include Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals and The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life.She has written about atheism occasionally on her own blog; her writings are very insightful and provocative. Some examples of her previous blog posts … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig: Internet Infidels Websites “Are Literally Pornographic”

Similar to my last post where I quoted the Pope, in this post I am going to quote, without comment, what William Lane Craig has apparently written about the Internet Infidels. In response to a Christian struggling with doubt, Craig writes:Be on guard for Satan’s deceptions. Never lose sight of the fact that you are involved in a spiritual warfare and that there is an enemy of your soul who hates you intensely, whose goal is your destruction, and who will stop at nothing to destroy you. Which l … [Read more...]

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 … [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 religion – as we said earlier – se … [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 happen in the context of a dialogue between a believer and a nonbeliever, … [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 … [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...]


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