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...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 3: Assessment of Salmon’s Argument(s)

Two general comments. First, I am uninterested in matters of Salmon's interpretation of Hume, so I'm going to skip over that issue in its entirety.[10] Second, it seems to me that the idea of using a frequency interpretation of probability for assigning probability values to ultimate metaphysical posits is fundamentally misguided;[11] I think the epistemic interpretation of probability would be much more appropriate for the context.A. The Argument Against an Unspecified Intelligent … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 4

If you want something done right, then (sometimes) you have to do it yourself.I now know what my next project will be. Since, to the best of my knowledge, no Christian philosopher or apologist has made a good case for the resurrection of Jesus, I am going to build the first good case for the resurrection.First, I need to finish the article on Swinburne's case for God. That article was supposed to be finished a year ago, and I still have several months more to go before it will be completed. But, … [Read more...]

Fun with Poetic Atheism

Dear Bleaders,I’m getting the sense that atheism in these parts ('round this url) is not as, shall we say “taken for granted” as it is in my usual conversations. A good number of my usual conversations take place in my head, the ones that involve other people are still usually in New York City, and failing that, often in universities, and in any number of reform religious temples and churches that invite me to speak, i.e. I go from one den of atheism to another.  I’m surrounded by secular … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 2: Salmon’s Argument(s) Formulated

As I read him, Salmon presents multiple arguments against the design hypothesis. Let us consider the logical form of each argument in turn. Note that all of the argument labels are mine; Salmon does not label any of his arguments in his essay.A. The Argument Against an Unspecified Intelligent DesignerThis is the argument Salmon sketches in section 3 of his essay. Let A be any instance of coming-into-being; B be any instance of the operation of intelligence; and C be any instance that … [Read more...]

Ted Drange on the Logical Coherence of Atheism

Theodore M. DrangeTed Drange just me the following response to Vasko Kohlmayer's column, "Atheism: Why It is Logically Incoherent."Toward the end of his essay, the author writes:But even as the atheist tries to make his point, he unwittingly falls into a trap: If his worldview were true, then the principle of non-contradiction – or any other rule of logic – would be void of meaning.Why? Because within atheism reality is ultimately composed of only matter and motion. If atheism is true, then eve … [Read more...]