Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the obedience of the Israelites to the command was morally justified because the Canaanites deserved the death penalty for various serious crimes or sins which were violations of the laws of Jehovah (see his article “Killing the Canaanites”). … The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Principles of Justice
Note: The following post is a guest post by SO commenter Angra Mainyu.In this post, Jerry Coyne made a some ethical and metaethical claims, as well as some claims about compatibilists. In this post, I would like to address some of his claims about compatibilists. I think the failure of many compatibilists to give explicit … Guest Post by Angra Mainyu: Determinism and Compatibilism: A Reply to Jerry Coyne
In the Cambridge Companion to Atheism, there is an article by William Craig in which he presents some arguments for the existence of God. One of the arguments Craig presents is the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA). In this post I will examine that article to see whether it supports my view that the conclusion … What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument? – Part4
I found this in my notes. I’m sure the idea isn’t mine, but my notes don’t indicate where I got the idea from or if this a quotation or merely a paraphrase. If an act A is forbidden, then doing A is bad and not doing A is good. If an act A is obligatory, … What is the Connection between Moral Values and Moral Duties?
Consider the following exchange between Christi, a Christian, and Natty, a naturalist, on the problem of evil. Natty: If God exists, then why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Christi: Well, if God exists, it’s logically possible that so much of the evil and suffering in the world is due to … The Irrelevance of Naturalistic Metaethics to Arguments from Evil Against God’s Existence
I will now examine William Craig’s book Reasonable Faith, to see whether this book supports my view that the ultimate conclusion of the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA) is: GOD EXISTS (as opposed to the conclusion: THE UNIVERSE HAS A CAUSE). Since Reasonable Faith is an updated and revised version of Craig’s earlier book Apologetics, most … What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument? – Part 3
I was watching the NBC Evening News a couple of nights ago as it covered the arrival of Pope Francis I. The allegedly objective reporter referred to the Pope not as “The Pope” or as “Pope Francis,” but as “The Holy Father” and “His Holiness.” Is NBC now CBS–The Catholic Broadcasting System? Would any imam or … Please Excuse me from the Francis-Frenzy
In the previous post on this topic, I argued that William Craig’s book The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe (Here’s Life Publishers, 1979) provides a good deal of evidence supporting my view that the ultimate conclusion of the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA) is: GOD EXISTS, and that book also provides evidence … What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument? – Part 2
In order to understand an argument, one must FIRST understand what the CONCLUSION of the argument asserts. Since Jeff Lowder and I disagree about what the conclusion of the kalam cosmological argument (hereafter: KCA) asserts, we also disagree about the specific content of KCA. I’m going to present my reasons for believing that the conclusion … What is the Conclusion of the Kalam Cosmological Argument?
Last week I had an exchange with Matthew Flannagan on divine command theory (DCT) in the comments section of the post “Does William Lane Craig Actually Believe in Evil?” I raised some standard Euthyphro-type objections and asked for his response. He graciously replied even though he has treated the topic in much greater depth and … Divine Commands and Informative Identity