God as Purpose or Cause

Educated Christians are less apt than their under-educated brethren to denigrate science. They actually like science. They don’t ask science to validate their religious dogmas. Instead, they defend their beliefs, or at least their intellectual right to hold their beliefs,…

Consensus Argument

When a majority of people arrive at a rough consensus, whether about the existence of God or any other topic, we should not flippantly dismiss their conclusion without giving it due consideration. That’s just common sense. Unfortunately, that commonsense dictum…

Quranic Inerrancy

Muslims, no less than Christians, fancy that their holy book is inerrant. Dr. Zakir Naik, a Salafist (conservative) Sunni Muslim scholar, declares that the Quran is a perfect source of knowledge and that it is wrong to try to critique…

The Morality of Science

In my book, Religion Refuted, I critique the moral argument, which tries to defend belief in God on the basis that God is the foundation for establishing what is morally right and what is morally wrong. I won’t rehash that…

Eternal Mind

The god that theologians postulate as the “first cause” is usually portrayed as a conscious being, one who possesses knowledge and wisdom. He is often represented as the Eternal Mind. This eternal mind is offered as an alternative to the…