Vedanta Philosophy – Part 2
In my last post on the subject I introduced Advaita Vedanta (Hindu) ontology and the three categories of reality: necessary existence (sat), impossible existence (asat), and world-appearance (mithya). So where does God fit into this ontology? The Western concept of God is not something that can be projected onto the Vedanta system. For now, forget … Vedanta Philosophy – Part 2
Dawkins Supports Genocide?
There’s a little kerfuffle in the blogosphere recently about Dawkins. No, not the Haggard video. As the LifeSite story reports, and several fringe abortion blogs have picked up and elaborated, Dawkins “advocates eugenics” and “says Nazi regime’s genocidal project ‘may not be bad’”. The article goes on to quote other geneticists in a negative fashion … Dawkins Supports Genocide?
Over time I’d like to say a few things about important points in Vedanta (Hindu) philosophy. This is a neglected area not just among Western philosophers of religion but also among nonbelievers who are naturally curious and interested in what other religions have to say. And hopefully it will be something a little different and … Vedanta Philosophy
New Article on Relationship between Degree of Religious Belief and Societal Health
I’ve only skimmed this article, but I’m linking to it for others who might be interested. (Thanks to Charles Echelbarger for tipping me off to this.) LINK
The Evidential Argument from Mind-Brain Dependence: A Reply to Bilbo
In my response to Victor Reppert’s anti-naturalistic argument from pain, I stated that a more specific fact (consciousness is dependent upon the physical brain) about consciousness is antecedently more likely on naturalism than on theism. Bilbo provided several feedback messages in response to this claim. As I read him, he thinks the argument is no … The Evidential Argument from Mind-Brain Dependence: A Reply to Bilbo
New Blog: the Ex-Apologist
LINK This blog is described as being “Dedicated to fair exposition and critique of Christianity and Christian apologetics.” The anonymous author provides the following profile: “I’m currently in the late stages of a PhD program in Philosophy. I was a Christian and an “apologetics nerd” for 15 years, but deconverted at the end of 2005. … New Blog: the Ex-Apologist
Witmer-Cook Debate on Presuppositionalism
I recently mentioned Gene Witmer’s critique of presuppositionalism in an earlier post. Presuppositional apologist Gene Cook has also taken notice of Witmer’s critique. The two discussed the issues on Cook’s podcast.
John Stewart and Richard Dawkins on Ted Haggard
Here is the description of the video as provided at YouTube: “Jon Stewart analyzes the latest gay surprise as the evangelical, gay-bashing preacher, Pastor Ted, gets caught with his three-year gay lover and supplier of crystal meth. What else is new? For an added bit of spice, there is an earlier clip of Haggard lecturing … John Stewart and Richard Dawkins on Ted Haggard
I want to point out a very good review, by Robert Fitch, criticizing a couple of recent and influential books by Michael Lerner and Jim Wallis arguing that the secular Left needs to get more religion. (Thanks to David R. Harding for leading me to the review.) Having leftish inclinations myself, I’m naturally interested in … Resurrecting solidarity
A couple of my co-bloggers here thought I should say something about John Horgan’s comments on Richard Dawkins vs. Francis Collins in Time, berating Dawkins on his endorsement of multiple universes as a solution to fine-tuning issues. My first inclination was to say something snide. After all, here are Dawkins and Collins, two non-physicists, arguing … Multiple Universes