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Some Serious Thinking On Evolved Morality

Some Serious Thinking On Evolved Morality

We’ve been discussing the moral argument for God here lately in a two-part short series, where I introduced this version of the argument: AB1. We cannot know whether any action really is right or wrong unless right and wrong are real. AB2. We know that some actions really are right and others are wrong. AB3. Therefore (AB1 and AB2) right and wrong are real. AB4. If there is no God, then right and wrong cannot be real. AB5. Therefore (AB3…

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Darwin’s Doubt Available for Pre-Order

Darwin’s Doubt Available for Pre-Order

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover. Not unless you’re Jerry Coyne, that is. He is quite certain that Stephen Meyer’s forthcoming book Darwin’s Doubt is a sellout on the part of publisher HarperCollins: nothing but God-of-the-Gaps. Nice work to be able to tell that kind of thing without having to bother reading it. Reminds me of Meyer’s last book, Signature in the Cell,which was also roundly pummeled by reviewers who hadn’t read it. At least most…

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“Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?”

“Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?”

Once in a while a New Atheist gets it right: In fact, this attempt by scientists to convince the American public that evolution poses no threat to faith has largely fallen on deaf ears, perhaps because it is simply untrue, and believers can see this clearly enough. [From Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?] Read the article and you’ll catch the other message. Stenger doesn’t want scientists to think that faith poses no threat to naturalistic evolution. He’s right…

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Of Course Atheists Have Meaning and Value—Just No Good Way To Explain It

Of Course Atheists Have Meaning and Value—Just No Good Way To Explain It

Atheists often confuse Christians’ position on meaning and value. The typical version, as it comes from atheists’ mouth, is, “Christians say you don’t have meaning or value unless you believe in God. But that’s obviously false! I don’t believe in God, and I have no trouble finding meaning and value in my life.” This morning’s post is a comment that ran away from me. I was responding to Otto Telick’s comment last night, when I realized my response was suitable…

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How To Argue Against Evolution

How To Argue Against Evolution

I just posted on how not to argue against evolution. I want to add a brief word now on how to argue against it. I’m not trying to make this comprehensive, just to list a few quick points covering categories that count against evolution. (I’m still speaking strictly of naturalistic evolution.) Can’t you just see by looking that this world is designed? This objection will suffer snickers from evolutionary scientists, because it lacks testability and definitional rigor. It’s unscientific, they…

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How Not To Argue Against Evolution

How Not To Argue Against Evolution

There are good arguments against naturalistic evolution, the belief that all species developed through unguided random variation and natural selection.[1. … and some other essentially statistical processes like genetic drift] There are also bad arguments. There are some that are so bad they do not qualify as arguments at all. Here are some things I’d really rather never hear anyone ever say again: If we descended from the apes, why are there still apes? Evolutionary theory does not require that…

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A Taste of New Mystery: Thomism and Intelligent Design

A Taste of New Mystery: Thomism and Intelligent Design

My post on Plantinga raised an old question again: is Intelligent Design poor theology, poor metaphysics, as certain Thomist theologians/philosophers think it is? Specifically, does it “give the game away” to naturalists/materialists by conceiving of the world in a mechanistic sense, making God a tinkerer in his creation? Does it misconceive who God is in relation to himself and to his creation? I don’t think it does, or at least, I don’t think it has to. It still puzzles me…

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