God and Evolutionary Debunking Arguments

In a recent paper ‘Explaining Away and the Cognitive Science of Religion’ (a freely available version is available here) in the journal Theology and Science, David Glass looks at whether developments in the cognitive science of religion which attempt to provide an evolutionary explanation of the origins of theistic belief can be used to undermine theism.

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Why Pastafarians Are Off Their Noodles

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At school I memorised a few poems hoping that I could somehow bluff my literature teachers into thinking I was well-read. While I fooled no-one, the effort was worthwhile for it introduced me to gems like W.H. Auden’s Song of the Devil.

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Scientific Naturalism and the Argument from Consciousness

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What is Scientific Naturalism?

Scientific naturalism, or strict naturalism, is the view that the spatio-temporal universe of entities postulated by our best current (or ideal) sciences, particularly physics, is all there is (Moreland, 2012, p.284) This world-view aims to provide an event-causal, scientific account of how everything has come to be and a general ontology in which the only entities which exist are those which bear a relevant similarity to those which would characterise a completed form of physics (Moreland, 2012, pp.282-285).

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Why isn’t God’s Existence more Obvious?

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Many people say that they would believe in God if his existence where more obvious, but it isn’t so they don’t. Some offer this a personal explanation for their own disbelief while others go further and use it as a basis for an argument against the existence of God.

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Scientism and Our Pornographic Culture

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British television finally scraped the bottom of the barrel clean with Channel Four’s dating show Naked Attraction. This program does exactly what it says on the tin: six strangers are presented in all their naked glory to a contestant who chooses the most attractive person as their date.

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