Kant’s Practical Moral Argument for Belief in God

There's an interesting argument in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. Moral theories, he claims, all ultimately rest on three postulates: God, freedom, and immortality of the soul. If one wants to believe in and pursue the moral life, one ought to also accept these postulates as the a priori conditions for doing so. Why …

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Augustine and the Knowledge of God

The following post is from a paper I wrote for a Fall 2015 course in Ancient Philosophy. _________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction Arguments for the existence of God populate much of ancient and early modern philosophy, and still find their way into religious apologetics, academic debates, and other venues today. Though it is often claimed that many believe …

The Trump Administration and Plato’s Prophetic Critique of Democracy

In the run up to the presidential election last year, it felt like it became commonplace at some point to hear Trump referred to as a demagogue. Arguably, there is no better word for it, with the way he appealed to fear and patriotic bravado to mobilize his supporters, while neglecting to give the slightest …

Gary Habermas Shows Why the ‘Minimal Facts’ of Jesus’ Death Can’t Establish the Resurrection

Gary Habermas is a New Testament scholar and philosopher of religion at Liberty University who has devoted much of his career to defending a historical case for the resurrection of Jesus. For over 30 years now, Habermas has collected and analyzed scholarly materials published on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, distilling them down …

Should Bioethics Become Less Religious?

The following post comes from a paper I wrote for a Spring 2015 Bioethics class. I figured the material in it would be interesting and relevant enough to be featured here. Enjoy! _________________________________________________________________________________ Introduction In Genesis 2:7, Adam is given life when God breathes into his nostrils. Taking inspiration from this and other passages, some …

Has Peter Boghossian Disqualified Himself from the Adult Table?

Richard Carrier has written a brilliant article addressing yet another astoundingly ignorant statement made by Peter Boghossian, this time on the issue of gay pride. Last year on Twitter, Boghossian expressed his inability to understand how one can be proud of "something one didn’t work for." As if this weren't evidence enough of the man's …

The Echo Chamber: Loftus, Lindsay, Coyne & Boghossian on Philosophy of Religion

I knew it would only be a matter of time before John Loftus had to respond to my latest interview with Graham Oppy on the philosophy of religion. If nothing else, the man is tenacious. After declaring himself Boghossian's bulldog, he seems to have felt compelled by his new title to jump all over any …