Justin replies to my reply to Justin’s reply to my reply to…

Justin Martyr has posted a reply to my critique of his interpretation of my position on reproductive morals.  Whew.  These headings are getting ridiculous.I'll get around to a reply at some point soon, but, since Justin seems to mainly want me to write up an academic critique of the papers he's citing, and I already have about six papers I need to critique for classes at school, it'll be a couple days before I get to his.The real reason I'm posting in the meantime is that Justin has t … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Social Science Raise Your Children (debating Justin Martytr)

It's finally time to return to my argument with Justin Martyr over procreation policy.  [Quick recap of the story so far: Justin was debating gay marriage, I butted in, Justin responded (twice), I answered his challenge, he responded.  Though you can certainly follow along by clicking only those last two links.]My procreation rubricThe last time we spoke, I was outlining why I though four hypothetical possible procreation plans were moral or immoral.  Using my responses, Justin ge … [Read more...]

If I were in charge of your childbearing (A reply to Justin Martyr)

Quick Recap: Justin and RustBelt debated gay marriage, I butted in, Justin responded (twice).Justin's most recent salvo is to ask me to weigh in yes or no on four hypothetical and then explain the consistent framework that led to my decision.  Given some of the ambiguities that crept into his discourse with RustBelt when they were discussing legality versus morality, I'm going to give two answers for each scenario:Do I think the government should ban it? Do I think it is wrong for … [Read more...]

Quick Update on Justin Martyr and Gay Marriage

I quite appreciate how quickly he responded to the questions I raised in my last post.  (I'll also confess to being totally envious of how quick his post-turnaround-time is.  Meanwhile, I've got a stack of epidemiology homework sitting by the computer looking at me plaintively).  I'll be responding sometime later today, but in the meantime, head on over and check out his responses:Pinging Leah Part 1: Justin responds to my questions on adoption and my free rider argument. "I think the free r … [Read more...]

Poking my nose into Justin Martyr’s gay marriage debate

Reading over Justin Martyr’s debate over the morality of gay marriage with Larry of Rust Belt Philosophy, I think I’ve managed to come up with the single least catchy talking point on the topic of gay marriage:All we’re really debating is how to handle a free rider problem for a government benefit.Doesn’t exactly sound media-ready, I guess, but it seems like an accurate sum up of the issue.Civil marriage exists, as do most government programs, to change the incentives associated with … [Read more...]

Riposte to Justin Matyr: Closing up the Gaps

This post is part of a debate with Justin of The Faith Heuristic. The topic is: The Evidence Supports the Existence of a God. The debate is structured as follows:Justin - Opening Statement Leah - Rebuttal --part 1 --part 2 Justin - Rejoinder --part 1 --part 2 Leah - Opening Statement Justin - Rebuttal Leah - Rejoinder In his last post, Justin has accused me of relying blindly on a "Naturalism of the Gaps."  In his view, my belief that there is likely to be a … [Read more...]

Debate with Justin Martyr: Opening Statement

This post is part of a debate with Justin of The Faith Heuristic. The topic is: The Evidence Supports the Existence of a God. The debate is structured as follows:Justin - Opening Statement Leah - Rebuttal --part 1 --part 2 Justin - Rejoinder --part 1 --part 2 Leah - Opening Statement Justin - Rebuttal Leah - RejoinderJustin has maintained that the terms of this debate do not require him to defend the idea of the Christian god or, indeed, any particular deity. His … [Read more...]


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