Please Welcome Victor Stenger to the Secular Outpost

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Victor Stenger has graciously agreed to join the Secular Outpost as an occasional contributor. Stenger is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has written numerous books and articles, including New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, as well as The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning, The New Atheism, Quantum Gods, Has Science Found God?, and more (click … [Read more...]

Christi-inanity

I was alerted to this by a friend who is a Methodist minister. And the United Methodists have a reputation for being one of the more open and progressive denominations.http://doroteos2.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/christi-inanity/ … [Read more...]

LINK: “God and Moral Law” by Mark Murphy

Though I disagree with his conclusions, I've always respected the writings of Christian philosopher Mark Murphy on the relationship between God and morality. He has written a book, God and the Moral Law: On the Theistic Explanation of Morality, which will be published by Oxford University Press early next year. Based on the description of the book, it sounds extremely interesting. Murphy criticizes natural law theory and divine command theory, which are the most dominant theistic accounts of … [Read more...]

LINK: The Militant Atheists Must Have Done Something *Really* Bad This Time

Hemant Mehta at the Friendly Atheist blogs about a Christian attorney's claim that "militant atheists" are out to get the Christians. LINK … [Read more...]

Jesusween to Replace Halloween

Glad to see that they are putting the "fun" back in fundamentalism.http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-complete-guide-to-jesusween … [Read more...]

Kansas Outlaws Evolution

Once again, the Onion proves that one belly laugh is worth a thousand syllogisms.http://www.theonion.com/articles/kansas-outlaws-practice-of-evolution,2098/ … [Read more...]

LINKS: Ethics without God

(Another item from the backlog in my Drafts folder, with some more recent links added in.)Here are some very interesting links related to ethics without God.1. From Daniel Dennett: Robert Wright interviewed Daniel Dennett on being good without God. Video of the interview is available here; a transcript is available here.2. From Tom Clark: Tom Clark from the Center for Naturalism blogs about "Naturalism and Nihilism." 3. From Alonzo Fyfe: Alonzo Fyfe, of Atheist Ethicist fame, finally published … [Read more...]

LINKS: Theistic Defenses Against the Euthyphro Dilemma

(Another item from the backlog in my Drafts folder)I've discovered two essays online and one essay offline which provide interesting responses to the Euthyphro dilemma.1. Steve Lovell, "God as the Grounding of Moral Objectivity: Defending Against the Euthyphro."2. Michael Sudduth, "Is it Coherent to Suppose that God is both Morally Good and 'Above Morality'?" (2004)3. William Alston, "“Some Suggestions for Divine Command Theorists.” In Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy, ed. Michael … [Read more...]


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