What is Christianity? Part 8

Religions as Points of View

I have a cognitivist view of religions, and of Christianity in particular.1.  Christianity is something that can be true (or false).2. An experience is NOT something that can be true (or false).3. A feeling is NOT something that can be true (or false).4. A commitment is NOT something that can be true (or false).5. A relationship is NOT something that can be true (or false).Therefore:6.  Christianity is NOT an experience, or a feeling, or a commitment, or a r … [Read more...]

Daniel Howard-Snyder on the Trilemma Argument

(Redating post originally published on 30 April 2006)http://faculty.wwu.edu/howardd/mbgfp5web.pdf … [Read more...]

Lydia McGrew on Biblical Inerrancy, Licona, and Apparent Contradictions

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“Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe” by Erik J. Wielenberg

(redating post originally published on 18 March 2006)This is the tile of a new book published by Cambridge University Press:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521607841/InternetInfidels/Here is the book description: Suppose there is no God. This might imply that human life is meaningless, that there are no moral obligations and hence people cando whatever they want, and that the notions of virtue and vice and good and evil have no place. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this … [Read more...]

Richard Gale: “The Kalam Cosmological Argument Isn’t Taken Seriously”

"Some defenders of the Kalam Argument supplement their conceptually-based argument against the universe having had an infinite past existence with contingent facts from modern Big Bang cosmology that holds there to be a point singularity at some past time, which they then gratuitously interpret as the point in time when the universe came into existence. Big Bang-based cosmological argument is an example of the God-of-the-gaps cosmological argument, since it brings in God when science is not yet … [Read more...]

Poll: Would You Be Interested in a Secular Outpost Podcast?

Please cast your vote using one of the buttons on the right-hand side of the screen. (Note: this requires that you view The Secular Outpost using your web browser, not the mobile version and not using your news reader.) … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig on the Prior Probability of Theism and the Fine-Tuning Argument


One objection to fine-tuning arguments for God's existence goes like this: simply showing that so-called 'fine-tuning' is more probable on theism than on atheism isn't enough to show that God exists. One must also take into account the prior probability of theism.William Lane Craig responds to this objection in a recent Q&A on his website. He begins: Your professor’s objection will be more comprehensible if we put it into the context of the probability calculus. Let’s compare the pro … [Read more...]

LINK: Richard Gale’s Atheological Arguments

(Redated post originally published on 13 December 2011)This looks like a nice one-page summary of the logical form of the various atheological arguments in his book, On the Nature and Existence of God.LINK … [Read more...]