Naturalism, Theism, and Moral Ontology: A Reply to William Lane Craig

Abstract: This paper considers William Lane Craig’s metaethical argument for God’s existence. Roughly, the argument is that the existence of objective moral values provides strong evidence for God’s existence. I consider one by one Craig’s various reasons in support of the argument’s major premise, namely, that objective moral values and the nonexistence of God are at odds with each other. I show that Craig’s supporting arguments play fast and loose with the meaning of objectivity, and that they … [Read more...]

What is Faith? – Part 5

We have been examining the Thomist view of faith, as characterized by Richard Swinburne in Faith and Reason (FAR).In order to avoid the implication that one must reason in a circle in order to have 'faith in God', a supporter of the Thomist view of faith can draw a distinction between beliefs about God that are implied by the statement 'God exists' and other beliefs about God that are NOT implied by this claim.  For a Thomist, belief in the existence of God is (or can be) based on reasons or … [Read more...]

On Atheism and Brightness

I'm often told that atheists are really smart when it comes to religion. Then I read their replies to moral arguments for God's existence and cry out, "WTF?"Take this argument: If no G, then no O. But O. Therefore, G.Why the f&*^ would anyone think it's even relevant to bring up X, Y, or Z?!?!?Unlike some religious apologists, I don't believe the explanation is either (1) atheists are willfully repressing the truth of God's existence, or (2) atheists are stupid. Rather, my … [Read more...]

A Catholic Blogger Offers a Very Thoughtful Reply to my Question about Prayer and Government

Dr. Gregory Popcak is a fellow Patheos blogger who blogs at "Faith on the Couch" in the Patheos Catholic Channel. He's written a very thoughtful reply to my previous post, "Question for Theists: Why Is It Important to Begin Governmental Meetings with Prayer?” His reply is titled, "Prayer Works: A Psychological Case for Public Prayer and Graceful Governance." What I like about his reply is that (a) he presents a secular case for prayer; and (b) he actually provides evidence for his p … [Read more...]

Necrometrics and 20th Century Atrocities

I just discovered this site. It appears to be a very sincere attempt at providing an objective review of the historical evidence. The author has also compiled his research into a book, which has been very favorably reviewed on Amazon. … [Read more...]

What is Faith? – Part 4

We have looked at a simple and widespread understanding of 'faith in God':Definition 1Person P has faith in God IF AND ONLY IF  P believes that God exists.One problem with Def. 1 is that the devil himself would have 'faith in God' based on this definition, and thus this could hardly be considered  to be a virtue, to be the kind of faith that is commended by the Christian religion.According to Swinburne (in Faith and Reason, 2nd ed., hereafter: FAR), the Thomist view of faith is si … [Read more...]

New Series: Spot the Fallacy #1

Let E be some piece of evidence and T be theism. Now consider the following argument.E1 favors T.E2 favors T....En favors T.--------------Therefore, T is probably true.(Aside: You could swap out N=naturalism for T and the same fallacy would apply.) Can you spot the fallacy? If you're a philosopher, please do NOT respond in the combox. … [Read more...]

Question for Theists: Why Is It Important to Begin Governmental Meetings with Prayer?

As I was thinking about this question, I thought to myself, "Anyone who wants to pray can always go down the street to a church, synagogue, or mosque. They can also pray silently. If I were a theist, that is what I would do. What's the problem? Why do they feel it important to use the machinery of government to do this?" In the spirit of charity, I decided there must be another reason I've overlooked.So the purpose of this post is to invite theistic readers to provide their answer to that … [Read more...]


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