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hiddenness argument

The Hiddenness Argument

If a loving god exists, and wants to be known, why have so many people down through history not believed in a supreme being? Theologians such as Anselm of Canterbury and Martin Luther developed the idea that the Judeo-Christian god is a hidden god, or one that does not reveal itself to all persons. There is even scriptural support for this view. “Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,” Isaiah 45:15 states, while Psalm 22:2 reads, “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer”.

The 17th century French Catholic philosopher Blaise Pascal comments on the significance of this doctrine...

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Why atheism?

Why Atheism?

The Big Questions, as their name implies, are questions about who we are, about the universe we live in, about our place in the universe, and more along these lines. Theistic religions, especially those that proselytize, have constructed cases for their beliefs that tend to pay a great deal of attention to these Big Questions. Sometimes widespread and culturally dominant religions even succeed in defining the terms of the questions, so as to give themselves greater assurance of their influence on the lives of their adherents and the societies in which they thrive. So far, we have considered w...

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Ep. 3 – What About Science? with Massimo Pigliucci

This third episode focuses on the nature of science, broadly speaking, with Massimo Pigliucci. What is science, how does it work, and where do certain phenomena fall in relation to it? Dr. Pigliucci is both a scientist and a philosopher of science, is currently Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, and co-hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast with Julia Galef. He has published numerous articles on science, skepticism, and philosophy, and authored multiple books, including Denying Evolution, Nonsense On Stilts, Answers for Aristotle, and his most recent work, Philosophy of Pseudoscience

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What’s So Great About Christianity

When it comes to our cherished beliefs and opinions, we all love to toot our own horns. Some of us could go on for days (or for a whole 304 pages) about the benefits we see in a particular viewpoint or position. In fact, this is basically what I do through this website: I present the arguments for atheism and I critique those against it. What’s So Great About Christianity is intended to be a reply to people like me, taking up the banner of the Christian religion and defending it against critics...
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Arguing About Gods

An unfortunately not uncommon charge to hear in debates between theists and non-theists is that one side has neglected their intellectual duty to inform themselves and truly think through their position. Resources in both apologetics and counter-apologetics often frame the material in such a way as to give the strong impression that if only their opponents would just open their eyes and accept the evidence right in front of them, their minds would be changed. Little room seems to be left for mere disagreement...
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Ep. 2 – Why Philosophy of Religion? with Graham Oppy

For this second episode of the show, the issue of philosophy of religion is under discussion with Dr. Graham Oppy. What is philosophy of religion and why should non-believers, or any of us, care? Is it just a fancy brand of Christian apologetics or is there perhaps more to it? Dr. Oppy is a well-known atheist philosopher in the discipline who argues in his recent book that philosophy of religion should be reinvented. He teaches at Monash University, serves on the editorial boards of philosophical journals like Religious Studies, Philo, and Sophia, and has authored numerous other books, includi...
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The Miracle of Theism

The Miracle of Theism

Is there reason to believe in a god? Philosophers and theologians have debated this question for centuries, offering arguments and counter-arguments taking many different forms. More recently scientists and historians have joined the fray to weigh in on things from their own perspectives. Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists. According to some, the survival of theism – the belief in god(s) – is nothing short of miraculous; it testifies to the power and value of faith...
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The Cosmological Argument for God

Cosmological arguments are arguments that infer the existence of god from certain facts about the universe. These arguments, employed at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, are intended to show that the existence of the universe cannot be explained without reference to a creator. For this article, we will look at three formulations of the cosmological argument which are generally considered to be more popular and persuasive than other versions.

I. Aquinas’ Contingency Argument

In his classic treatise, the Summa Theologica, the 13th century theologian Thomas Aquinas proposed five argum...

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A Manual for Creating Atheists

A Manual for Creating Atheists

Peter Boghossian is what every fundamentalist Christian parent fears: a university professor who is talking students out of their faith. Using his own process of intervention carefully devised from rational, empirical, and psychological tools, he engages the faithful as a therapist engages patients, guiding them through contemplative and reflective questions intended to “free” them from delusion. Students are not the only group of people he confronts, however. For years, Dr...
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Morality Without God?

Is it possible to be a moral person and not believe in god? Are there such things as objective moral values if god does not exist? In the eyes of many, such questions may seem rather silly. ‘Of course, you don’t need to believe in god to be good, nor does there need to be a god for some things to be really wrong or really right...

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