Correction to “Are Atheism and Moral Realism Logically Incompatible?”

The introduction to my post, "Are Atheism and Moral Realism Logically Incompatible?", probably gave readers an impression I did not intend, namely, that, in my exchange at Victor Reppert's Dangerous Idea blog, Steve linked arguments from moral ontology (for theism) and arguments from evil (from atheism).  Steve didn't do that there and I'm sorry if I created that impression. My introduction was aimed at other theists, not necessarily Steve, who I think employ a double standard when refuting so- … [Read more...]

Naturalism, Theism, and the Meaning of Life

In the book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, there is a funny scene in which an artificial intelligence is tasked with figuring out the meaning of life or, as it is called in the book, the Great Question of "Life, the Universe, and Everything." The AI spends 7.5 million years working on the problem, until it finally reveals the answer is "42." The AI says, "I think the problem, to be honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is." Like many others, including ph … [Read more...]

Debate: External Evidence for Jesus – Part 3

Question 1: What are Hinman's Central Claims about Polycarp?As with his discussion about the external evidence of Papias,  Hinman begins his discussion of Polycarp with some strong claims:III. Polycarp: Knew the Apostle John and studied with him. He speaks of where the apostle sat when they studied together.The first sentence is lacking a subject.  But the heading just above the sentence implies that the subject of the sentence is Polycarp.  The first sentence uses the pronoun "him" … [Read more...]

A Layman’s Thoughts about Christian Theism and Gender Identity Disorder

(Note: I've titled this post "A Layman's Thoughts" to reinforce the fact that I am neither an expert on human sexuality in general, gender identity disorder in particular, nor Christian doctrine on gender identity. If someone who reads this wants to "school" me on the errors in this post, I won't be offended in the least.)The evangelical magazine, Christianity Today, ran a story about a bill in the California Assembly which would require many/most (but not all) religious institutions of … [Read more...]

Euthyphro Dilemmas

As I explained on page 25 of my Primer in Religion and Morality I think there are multiple dilemmas floating around under the name "Euthyphro Dilemma" (hereafter, ED). ED: The literal, original formulation of the ED is this: "Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it loved by the gods?" In that formulation, it's argubaly not really applicable to any contemporary discussions of theistic metaethics.In order to make it applicable, people often revise it. … [Read more...]

Atheist ‘Safe Zones’: A Solution In Search of a Problem

I just became aware of this website: "Secular Safe Zone." Why are secular safe zones needed? "The number of nontheists in America is rising rapidly and there is a growing body of research that is beginning to explore this once-invisible and amorphous group. While tolerance for minority religions is growing around the country, discrimination and harassment of nontheistic Americans continues to be a problem. Everyday American institutions and customs can be exclusionary to nontheists.  Beyond be … [Read more...]

Debate: External Evidence for Jesus – Post on Part #3 Coming Soon

I am working on Part 3 of this series of posts about external evidence for the existence of  Jesus.  Part 3 will focus on analysis and evaluation of Joe Hinman's third argument for the existence of Jesus, which is based on historical claims about Polycarp.I have written the opening section of Part 3, and have an outline for the main points I plan to make.  So, I hope to publish Part 3 of this series on Saturday, July 9th. … [Read more...]

Christian Charity on Display

Yesterday (7/5/16) The Houston Chronicle published my letter below:The 5-3 Supreme Court ruling against Texas’ oppressive abortion restrictions is a rebuke to extremism. It is also a rebuke to dishonesty. The purpose of the legislation, indeed its sole purpose, was to restrict access to abortion. When they take office members of the Texas State Legislature swear an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution of the United States, and women in this country have a constitutional ri … [Read more...]


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