What is philosophy? The Greek philosophia means “love of wisdom.” I think philosophy is about the love of and pursuit of wisdom and truth. Can philosophy make progress? We can get closer to the truth and inspire more love for the search for it, so yes. It might be hard to know when we’re closer … Continue reading Five Questions for Philosophers
Jordan Peterson is many things to many people. One thing he happens to be is a passionate opponent of atheism and defender of Christianity, claiming that atheism is destructive and that we need religion for civilization to continue. Oddly enough, he doesn’t really believe in god, at least not in any sense that the majority … Continue reading The God of Jordan Peterson
Why doesn't god do anything that proves that he exists? I’m not sure what proof would look like, exactly; but an omniscient god would know what would convince any individual, and an omnipotent god would have the means to do it. So why hasn’t he? He could settle the matter, once and for all, anytime … Continue reading Divine Hiddenness
Pascal’s Wager is one of the most popular defenses presented when you’re in an argument with a believer. It doesn’t really come up in formal debates, but it’s presented all the time in informal conversations, whether you’re visiting religious family or telling someone you’re an atheist for the first time. It seems to be sort … Continue reading Pascal’s Wager: What If You’re Wrong?
Believers often claim that unlike atheists, they have an objective basis for morality. They’re not working with what’s socially useful, or what’s preferable to humans; but instead, they’re operating from the unassailable, objective standard of God. The idea that our morality is grounded in God’s will is what’s known as divine command theory. But DCT … Continue reading The Euthyphro Dilemma
The Satanic Panic is a comical, but tragic, example of what can go wrong when you take Christianity seriously. We should be familiar with this case because I’m not so sure we actually learned our lesson from it, or the lesson has been applied too narrowly. This moral panic occurred because mythology was taken to … Continue reading The Satanic Panic
There are so many views of Satan that it doesn’t make sense to speak of the Christian view of Satan, though he also exists in the minds of many Muslims, Jews, and people of other faiths who have very different conceptions of him. But just within the Christian tradition, there have been countless interpretations of … Continue reading Satan (Podcast ep. 11)