A tragedy of life is that the longer the list of things you want to get done grows in inverse proportion to the amount of time left to get it done. Just as my pile of books to read gets bigger the fewer years I have left to sit down with them, so the number of potential projects I’d like to tackle just keeps getting larger day by day.So when I was invited to blog here at The Secular Outpost,… Read more

Christian scholar Thom Stark has written a book-length rebuttal to Christian philosopher Paul Copan’s book, Is God a Moral Monster? (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).  The title of Stark’s book is, Is God a Moral Compromiser? A Critical Review of Paul Copan’s “Is God a Moral Monster?” (second ed.). Stark’s entire book is available for free as a PDF file on his website.Observant readers will notice I included a “new atheism” label on this post, insofar as the new atheists criticize… Read more

The Secular Outpost is still growing! Raymond Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University (retired), has also graciously agreed to join our team blog. You can read his full and very impressive biography, along with transcripts of several debates, on the SFU website here.Please welcome Dr. Ray Bradley! Read more

(This is another one for the “not new, but new for me” category.)Julian Baggini, author of the excellent book, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, explains that the four horseman of the new atheism is a “backwards step. It reinforces what I believe is a myth, that an atheist without a bishop to bash is like a fish without water.”LINK Read more

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You’ll notice on the menu bar near the top of The Secular Outpost site a link to “Our Debates.” If you click on that link, you’ll see an index of our debates on God’s existence, God and morality, and Christianity. If available, we provide links to the relevant video, audio, transcript, summary, and assessment. The “scope” of this page is limited only to our debates (e.g., debates sponsored by Internet Infidels, debates involving at least one debater affiliated with the… Read more

AbstractThe judgment that a given event is epistemically improbable is necessary but insufficient for us to conclude that the event is surprising. Paul Horwich has argued that surprising events are, in addition, more probable given alternative background assumptions that are not themselves extremely improbable. I argue that Horwich’s definition fails to capture important features of surprises and offer an alternative definition that accords better with intuition. An important application of Horwich’s analysis has arisen in discussions of fine-tuning arguments. In… Read more

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

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

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

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