10 surprising facts about atheism

Atheism is the absence of belief that God, and other deities, exist. How much do you know about this belief system? Julian Baggini, author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, tells us the ten
Atheism is the absence of belief that God, and other deities, exist. How much do you know about this belief system? Julian Baggini, author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, tells us the ten [More]

When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy

I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same.
I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same. [More]

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?: A Reconstruction

In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound.
In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-11-2013

“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole)
“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-10-2013

“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant)
“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-9-2013

“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal)
“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-31-2013

“Natural Theology may be thought of as the project of deriving significant theological conclusions from premises which are non-theological and which any or most rational people would accept.”
“Natural Theology may be thought of as the project of deriving significant theological conclusions from premises which are non-theological and which any or most rational people would accept.” [More]

The Daily Owl 8-25-2013

"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
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The Daily Owl 8-21-2013

“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James)
“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-17-2013

The Daily Owl says, "Unfortunately, no inference to the existence of God as the best explanation can be made from strictly analytic truths." (R. Douglas Geivett)
The Daily Owl says, "Unfortunately, no inference to the existence of God as the best explanation can be made from strictly analytic truths." (R. Douglas Geivett) [More]