July 4, 2020

I was so inspired by the photo of Donald Trump holding the Bible that, further inspired by a Stephen Colbert skit, I have decided to post selections from the King Don version of the Bible. So, here is the word of God, er, Don, er…. The Creation Story:           In the beginning it was fabulous. What God did was incredible. See, it was dark. Really dark. So dark you couldn’t believe it. And God said “Somebody turn on the lights!”… Read more

June 30, 2020

This is the continuation of the imaginary dialogue between Augustine and Hypatia begun in the last post. Moderator: I fear that the discussion once again is descending into mutual recrimination. To get us back on track, let me get back to a point that was raised earlier. It seems to me that one real strength of orthodox Christianity is the doctrine of the incarnation, which unites spirit and flesh. Orthodoxy banished the extreme dualism of Gnosticism and Manichaeism, an unattractive… Read more

June 30, 2020

For the edification of my students, and for fun, I have written some dialogues that resurrected figures from the past and allowed them to debate. I set these debates as part of programs on “The Afterlife Broadcasting Company.” I assume that the participants have become aware of intellectual developments since their day. Here I have tried to be as true to Augustine’s views as I could. We know quite a bit about Augustine but much less about Hypatia. Therefore, I… Read more

June 29, 2020

It has been over a year since I contributed to Secular Outpost. Multiple responsibilities and distractions took me away. I would like to return to SO with a post that is somewhat tangential to our usual discussion topics here, but the issue is so important that I think we need to discuss it whenever we can: I am an old white man. What can I say about racism? Whatever I say, I am sure it will not be enough, since… Read more

June 25, 2020

Here, again, are the two options of the Euthyphro dilemma: (I) The reason that God commands that we perform morally obligatory actions is that they are morally obligatory. (II) Morally obligatory actions are morally obligatory in virtue of the fact that God commands that we perform them. I have written five parts in this series about the Euthyphro Dilemma, the overarching aim of which has been to show that the dilemma provides the basis of a decisive objection to the… Read more

June 18, 2020

WHY ARE FICTIONAL OLD TESTAMENT STORIES MORALLY RELEVANT? There probably was no Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and there probably was no Conquest of Canaan by the Israelites.  These stories are either pure fiction, or they are legends that have only bits and pieces of historical truth in them.  So, if the stories about Joshua leading the Israelites to MERCILESSLY SLAUGHTER every man, woman, and child in the towns of the Promised Land are fiction or legend, why get… Read more

May 28, 2020

WILLIAM CRAIG ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN Before I examine the question of whether the Old Testament clearly indicates that ALL of the peoples living in the towns of the Promised Land regularly and frequently practiced child sacrifice in the decades prior to the (alleged) Conquest of Canaan by Joshua and the Israelites, I’m going to take a look at what William Lane Craig says about the significance of the issue of the command of Jehovah to… Read more

May 23, 2020

CHILD SACRIFICE AS A MORAL JUSTIFICATION FOR MERCILESS SLAUGHTER In the previous post,  I examined the following historical question: Did the all of the various peoples who were actually living in the towns of the Promised Land between 1350 and 1250 BCE regularly and frequently practice child sacrifice?  I reviewed the first four pieces of evidence provided by the CLUELESS Christian apologist Clay Jones for the claim that the people in the towns of the Promised Land at the time of the… Read more

May 19, 2020

DEFENSE #1 FAILS Here are the defenses of Jehovah and Joshua to which I am replying: Joshua’s MERCILESS SLAUGHTER of the Canaanites (and Jehovah’s command to perform this slaughter) was MORALLY JUSTIFIED because: 1. The people in the Canaanite towns were given the chance to flee, before Joshua and the Israelites MERCILESSLY SLAUGHTERED men, women, and children in the towns. 2. The people in the Canaanite towns belonged to a culture where some people did “some pretty disgusting things” like… Read more

May 15, 2020

MOVING ON FROM MOSES TO JOSHUA The evidence from Numbers and Deuteronomy indicates that Jehovah did NOT demand that advanced warnings be given to towns that Moses and the Israelites were going to attack so that people had the opportunity to leave the town and thus avoid being MERCILESSLY SLAUGHTERED, and that Moses did NOT order advanced warnings to be given to any of the towns that the Israelites attacked while he was leading them, and that no such advanced… Read more

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