Does “Science” Make Theism Likelier than Atheism?
Victor Reppert recently linked to an article on the blog Saints and Sceptics (S&S), “Why Science Makes Theism Likelier than Atheism.” In this blog post, I’m going to critically assess that article. 1. What is the Evidence to be Explained? S&S begin their article as follows: Should we view the order of the universe, and our ability … Does “Science” Make Theism Likelier than Atheism?
Does Atheism Undercut the Case for Equal Human Rights?
Philosopher Victor Reppert thinks so. I’m not certain, but I think his argument for this claim is supposed to be found in an earlier post of his. At the same time, Reppert, like the overwhelming majority of theists who write about such topics, completely glosses over what atheist intellectuals who specialize in the topic have … Does Atheism Undercut the Case for Equal Human Rights?
Dissatisfaction with Many Arguments for and Against Dualism
Victor Reppert recently posted on his blog the following quotation of Susan Blackmore: How can objective things like brain cells produce subjective experiences like the feeling that ‘I’ am striding through the grass? This gap is what David Chalmers calls ‘the hard problem.’ …It is a modern version of the ancient mind/body problem – but … Dissatisfaction with Many Arguments for and Against Dualism
Why Skeptics Do Not Need the Hallucination Theory to Reject the Resurrection
According to Victor Reppert, skeptics need the hallucination theory in order to reject the resurrection. Why? Read his blog post to find out. I see his point, i.e., I understand where he is coming from when he says that he thinks (non-extreme) skeptics need the hallucination theory. But I disagree with him for at least two reasons. First, Reppert assumes that … Why Skeptics Do Not Need the Hallucination Theory to Reject the Resurrection
Christian Apologists Ignore the Best Objections to the Moral Argument
(Redated post originally published on 2 August 2014) To be precise, there are many kinds of moral arguments for theism. The question in the title is really talking about what we might call “ontological” or “metaphysical” moral arguments, the kind which claim that we need God in order to have an “ontological foundation” for objective … Christian Apologists Ignore the Best Objections to the Moral Argument
Weighing Theistic Evidence Against Naturalistic Evidence
In the next-to-last paragraph of his book, C.S. Lewis’ Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, Victor Reppert makes a very interesting statement: However, I contend that the arguments from reason do provide some substantial reasons for preferring theism to naturalism. The “problem of reason” is a huge problem for reason, as serious or, I … Weighing Theistic Evidence Against Naturalistic Evidence
When are Theistic Arguments “God-of-the-Gaps” Arguments?
In a recent post, Victor Reppert asks: Is there any theistic argument [from/in natural theology] that can’t be accused of being a god-of-the-gaps argument? Is this an all-purpose reply to all natural theology? My answers are “yes” to the first question and “no” to the second question. I think it would helpful if everyone would … When are Theistic Arguments “God-of-the-Gaps” Arguments?
Victor Reppert Calls the Universe Atheists Believe in “Irrational”
In a post titled, “Do you believe in magic?”, Christian philosopher Victor Reppert writes: I don’t believe that reason could arise from nonreason, therefore I think that reason is at the foundation of the universe. According to the naturalistic view, the normative arises from the nonnormative, the logical arises from the nonlogical, the universe exists … Victor Reppert Calls the Universe Atheists Believe in “Irrational”
Theistic and Atheistic Conversation Killers
Both theists and atheists can make statements which are “conversation killers.” Here are two recent examples from the Blogosphere. On the atheistic side, James Lindsay recently wrote this. On that basis, and others like it, it is very difficult to see the matter of theism as something to treat seriously as a philosophical object. We … Theistic and Atheistic Conversation Killers
Melnyk, Goetz, and Taliafero on the AFR
Lately I have been doing a book revision and in the process reflecting on the “Great Debate” between Andrew Melnyk and the Christian philosophers Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliafero. Melnyk defends the thesis of the physical realization of the mental (PRM) and Goetz and Taliafero offer criticisms. Here are my thoughts so far. Comments would … Melnyk, Goetz, and Taliafero on the AFR