How NOT to Argue for Agnosticism

I recently purchased a couple of introductory books on the philosophy of religion.  One of the books is by a contemporary analytic philosopher of religion, Richard M. Gale, titled: On The Philosophy Of Religion (Thompson Wadsworth, 2007).  The other is by a philosopher named Gary Cox, who is not a specialist in philosophy of religion: The God Confusion (Bloomsbury, 2013; hereafter: TGC)  Gary Cox is a British philosopher who appears to be primarily interested in Sartre and existentialism. Gale’s book is… Read more

An Evangelical Philosopher on LGBT Rights

Calm discussions of “hot button” issues are rare, but I am having this opportunity now. Matt Flannagan is a distinguished evangelical philosopher who has written a number notable works, including Did God Really Command Genocide?, with Paul Copan. I have enjoyed a number of very interesting discussions with him on a wide variety of topics, and have always found his comments to be logical, informed, and civil (Getting even one of these three in an Internet discussion is, alas, rarer… Read more

Is Necessary Existence Necessary?

Consider the following argument for the existence of God. 1. Something exists. 2. Anything that exists must either exist contingently or necessarily. 3. It is impossible that everything that exists is contingent. 4. Therefore, there must exist at least one necessary being. 5. Only God could be a necessary being. 6. Therefore, God exists. I think any argument in support of 5 is going to be very weak, but I propose to set it aside for this post and focus… Read more

Hinman’s Two Ways – Part 1: Outline of Argument #1

Joe Hinman wants me to set aside Mr. Geisler’s pathetic case for God, and to give serious consideration to his case for God, which includes at least two arguments: Argument 1: an Aspect of Being is Eternal And Necessary (ABEAN), and Argument 2: Religious Experience Meets Epistemic Criteria (REMEC). In this first post, I will only get started with Hinman’s first argument, attempting to clarify the basic structure of that argument. Here is an excerpt from Hinman’s initial post on this subject:… Read more

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 18: The God of the Bible Exists?

After laying out his case for the existence of God in When Skeptics Ask (hereafter: WSA), Dr. Norman Geisler attempts to link the God that he thinks he has proven to exist with “the God of the Bible”: Is this the God of the Bible? At the burning bush, God told Moses his name and said, “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex. 3:14).  This signifies that the central characteristic of the God of the Bible is existence.  His very nature… Read more

INDEX: Geisler’s Five Ways

Here is my multi-part critical examination of Dr. Norman Geisler’s case for the existence of God in his book When Skeptics Ask (coauthored with Ronald Brooks): Geisler’s First Argument http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/16/geislers-first-argument/ Geisler’s Five Ways http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/16/geislers-five-ways/ Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 2: How Many Arguments for God? http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/18/geislers-five-ways-part-2-how-many-arguments-for-god-2/ Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 3: Just ONE Argument http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/23/geislers-five-ways-part-3-just-one-argument/ Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 4: Phase Two of Geisler’s Case for God http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/10/28/geislers-five-ways-part-4-phase-two-of-geislers-case-for-god/ Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 5: The Gap Between Phase… Read more

Mike Pence on Gay Rights vs. Religious Freedom

From the site ProCon: http://borngay.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001365 Mike Pence, JD, United States House Representative (R-IN), made the following comments during a Nov. 7, 2007 House floor speech opposing passage of “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act”: “Let me be clear that I am not condoning discrimination against people for any reason whatsoever. I believe in civility and decency in society. The problem here is that by extending the reach of federal law to cover sexual orientation employment discrimination protections, in effect, can wage war… Read more

Geisler’s Five Ways – Part 17: God Exists?

Because Dr. Norman Geisler is unclear and confused in his use of the word “God”, he fails to properly conclude his case for the existence of God in his book When Skeptics Ask (hereafter: WSA). But this failure is easily fixed.  I will reconstruct the final inference of his case for God in this post.  First, here is a comment that indicates part of what Geisler thinks he has proven: We have said that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, infinite, uncreated,… Read more

Humor: Non-Denominational Terrorist Organization Welcomes Extremists Of All Faiths

In the “Why didn’t I think of this?” category, The Onion brings you this: http://www.theonion.com/article/non-denominational-terrorist-organization-welcomes-50742 Read more

Plantinga Calls This A Good Argument for God’s Existence?

The title of my post might come across as snarky, so I want to begin my making it clear that is not my intent. In fact, I want to go on record as saying I have great respect for Plantinga’s skill as a philosopher. Among other things, I think he succeeded in his attempt to refute Mackie’s version of the argument from evil. Perhaps because I have to come hold Plantinga’s work to such a high standard, I continue to be… Read more

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