Paper of the week: William Hasker, “Is Christianity Probable? Swinburne’s Apologetic Programme” (Religious Studies, 2002). Quote: “Swinburne still has a lot of work to do if he is to overcome the problem of dwindling probabilities.”
A reader has made his own redesign of my gods poster, probably an improvement. I still want to improve my original design, but for the life of me I cannot get InDesign to do what I want. If anybody is an expert with that program, please contact me.
Actually a pretty good article at WikiHow: How to Persuade a Christian to Become an Atheist.
Today’s quote from the Ultimate Atheism F.A.Q.:
There are many ways to define these terms, but here is one useful way to think of them:
Naturalism is the view that there aren’t two kinds of things, like bodies and spirits; there’s only one kind of stuff, the same kind of stuff that composes brains and trees and stars. Most philosophers are naturalists, probably because everything we’ve studied that we once thought to be non-natural has turned out to be natural, and it seems likely the trend will continue.
Non-naturalism is the view that some things – perhaps abstract objects or moral values – are not natural. But the non-naturalist still maintains that non-physical minds do not exist, which would be called supernaturalism.
Supernaturalism, then, is the view that at least one non-natural mind exists, and that perhaps many non-natural minds exist. So if you believe in any kind of god, you’re a supernaturalist. If you don’t believe in God but you do believe in ghosts or fairies or other non-natural minds, you’re also a supernaturalist.
More details here.
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