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Since its founding in 1995, the Secular Web has grown from a small site spawned in a dorm at Texas A&M University into the most comprehensive freethought resource on the Internet.

Since its founding in 1995, the Secular Web has grown from a small site spawned in a dorm at Texas A&M University into the most comprehensive freethought resource on the Internet.

The Secular Web is owned and operated by Internet Infidels, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet.

Mission: The Secular Web is owned and operated by Internet Infidels, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet. Naturalism is the "hypothesis that the natural world is a closed system" in the sense that "nothing that is not a part of the natural world affects it." As such, "naturalism implies that there are no supernatural entities," such as gods, angels, demons, ghosts, or other spirits, "or at least none that actually exercises its power to affect the natural world." And without miraculous interventions into nature from a spiritual realm, neither prayer nor magick are more effective than a placebo.

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The Euthyphro Dilemma, Part 4: Why is it a dilemma?

In part I of this series, I showed that the Euthyphro dilemma consists of the following two options: (I) The reason that God commands that we perform morally obligatory actions is that they are morally obligatory. (II) Morally obligatory actions are morally obligatory in virtue of the fact that God commands that we perform them. […]

patheos.com In part I of this series, I showed that the Euthyphro dilemma consists of the following two options: (I) The reason that God commands that we perform morally obligatory actions is that they are morally obligatory. (II) Morally obligatory actions are morally obligatory in virtue of the fact that God....

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[05/16/19]   Austria bans Muslim headscarf in primary schools https://t.co/q6QZxaki2v

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 13: Inevitable Exposure

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from […]

patheos.com WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the....

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The Resurrection of Dr. Sean George – Part 2: Littlewood’s Law

Dr. Sean George claims that God raised him from the dead. I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation called “The Resurrection of Sean George” which contains lots of relevant information and skeptical points about Dr. Sean George’s miracle claim. Here at The Secular Outpost, I plan to present my main objections to his miracle claim. The […]

patheos.com Dr. Sean George claims that God raised him from the dead. I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation called "The Resurrection of Sean George" which contains lots of relevant information and skeptical points about Dr. Sean George's miracle claim. Here at The Secular Outpost, I plan to present my main....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 12: Hometown Disadvantage?

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from […]

patheos.com WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 11: Producing Jesus’ Corpse

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from […]

patheos.com WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 10: Motivation for Lying

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from […]

patheos.com WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 9: The Character of the Apostles

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination of alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually […]

patheos.com WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination of alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus. Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 8: The Creative Genius Objection

Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). In previous posts (post #4, post #5, post #6, and post #7) I have argued that his Objection #1 was a miserable FAILURE. Here is Kreeft’s very brief Objection #2 against TCT: If they made up the story, they were the most creative, clever, intelligent […]

patheos.com Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). In previous posts (post #4, post #5, post #6, and post #7) I have argued that his Objection #1 was a miserable FAILURE. Here is Kreeft's very brief Objection #2 against TCT: If they made up the story, they were the....

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 7: A Decade without Serious Threats

According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus: The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against TCT. We are currently considering Objection #1. Kreeft lays out this objection by quoting Blaise Pascal: ..imagine these twelve men [the twelve apostles] […]

patheos.com According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus:   The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against TCT. We are currently considering Objection #1. Kreeft lays out this objection by ...

Secular Web Kiosk: The Invention of Hell

New in the Kiosk : The Invention of Hell (2019) by Robert Shaw

Christianity has brought many people to believe that those who behave badly face permanent torture in the afterlife. In this article, Robert Shaw argues that the historical Jesus envisaged a rather different fate for such individuals, and that the very idea of Hell as pictured by many Christians today was in fact an invention of the later Church.

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Moshe Averick's Nonsense of a High Order as a Model of the Flaws of Attacks on Nontheism

Added Moshe Averick's Nonsense of a High Order as a Model of the Flaws of Attacks on Nontheism (2019) by Michael D. Reynolds to the Naturalism page under Nontheism in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library .

Orthodox rabbi Moshe Averick's Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism is in many ways typical of that niche of recent popular books that attack modern "atheism." The errors that plague Averick's own thinking are often found in other authors of similar works. For example, Averick repeatedly makes assertions without providing any arguments to back them up, fails to engage relevant research on the issues that he touches on, and misrepresents the views of his opponents. He also spills a great deal of ink critiquing idiosyncratic views of his opponents as if they were typical of nontheists as a whole, uncharitably attaches false meanings to his opponents' statements, and takes their words out of context. He both mischaracterizes how science is done and twists cherry-picked scientific findings to create the appearance that they support his own religiously informed positions. Projecting his own unwillingness "to consider anything that presents a challenge to his dearly held belief system" on to his opponents, Averick steadfastly advocates the existence of spirits and their frequent interaction with our world, that human minds involve a spiritual component, and that the Supreme Spirit sustaining the physical world has handed down rules for us to follow, dismissing naturalistic accounts of mind, meaning, and morality for the flimsiest of reasons.

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infidels.org Moshe Averick's Nonsense of a High Order dismisses naturalistic accounts of mind, meaning, and morality for the flimsiest of reasons

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 6: More about Our Ignorance

According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus: The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against TCT. Objection #1 FAILS, because it makes various historical assumptions about the twelve apostles without providing any historical evidence for those […]

patheos.com According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus:     The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against TCT. Objection #1 FAILS, because it makes various historical assumptions about ...

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 5: Our Ignorance of The Twelve

THE ABSENCE OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE In Part 4 of this series I replied to Objection #1 of Peter Kreeft’s seven objections to The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT. In today’s post, I will provide evidence to support one of my main replies […]

patheos.com THE ABSENCE OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE In Part 4 of this series I replied to Objection #1 of Peter Kreeft's seven objections to The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT. In today's post, I will provide evidence to support one of my main...

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 4: Objection #1

Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT. In today’s post, I will consider Kreeft’s first objection to TCT. OBJECTION #1 AGAINST TCT For his first objection to TCT, Peter Kreeft quotes Blaise Pascal: …The hypothesis that […]

patheos.com Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT. In today's post, I will consider Kreeft's first objection to TCT.   OBJECTION #1 AGAINST TCT For his first objection to TCT, Peter Kreeft quotes...

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 3: Improved Definition

In Part 2 of this series, I argued that Peter Kreeft suggested at least seven different definitions of “The Conspiracy Theory” (herafter: TCT), each of which was WRONG. In order to refute TCT, Kreeft must clearly characterize or define TCT, so his refutation FAILS right out of the starting gate. But in order to evaluate […]

patheos.com In Part 2 of this series, I argued that Peter Kreeft suggested at least seven different definitions of "The Conspiracy Theory" (herafter: TCT), each of which was wrong. In order to refute TCT, Kreeft must clearly characterize or define TCT, so his refutation FAILS right out of the starting gate. But...

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 2: Defining the Theory

Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA) was co-authored by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli. In HCA, Kreeft attempts to prove that Jesus rose from the dead by disproving four skeptical theories related to the alleged resurrection of Jesus. One of the skeptical theories that Kreeft attempts to disprove is called “The Conspiracy Theory” (which I will refer […]

patheos.com Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA) was co-authored by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli. In HCA, Kreeft attempts to prove that Jesus rose from the dead by disproving four skeptical theories related to the alleged resurrection of Jesus. One of the skeptical theories that Kreeft attempts...

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Defending the Conspiracy Theory – Part 1: Defeating an OLD Apologetic Argument

At the NW Miracles Conference, I discussed the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” with Christian thinker Hans Vodder, who has graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology. We were, however, just the warm-up act for the big closing event of the conference: a debate between Michael Shermer and Luuk van de […]

patheos.com At the NW Miracles Conference, I discussed the question "Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?" with Christian thinker Hans Vodder, who has graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology. We were, however, just the warm-up act for the big closing event of the conference: a debate betwee...

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The Resurrection of Dr. Sean George – Part 1: Summary

In addition to discussing the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” at the NW Miracles Conference with Hans Vodder (a Christian thinker with graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology), Hans and I were given an opportunity to “cross examine” Dr. Sean George, concerning his claim that God had raised him from […]

patheos.com In addition to discussing the question "Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?" at the NW Miracles Conference with Hans Vodder (a Christian thinker with graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology), Hans and I were given an opportunity to "cross examine" Dr. Sean George, concerning hi...

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Belief in Miracles – Part 1: Summary

I was invited to be a speaker at the NW Miracles Conference, thanks to Bob Seidensticker who suggested to the conference organizer that I could represent a skeptical viewpoint on the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” I came prepared with a PowerPoint presentation called “Belief in Miracles”, but because of time constraints […]

patheos.com I was invited to be a speaker at the NW Miracles Conference, thanks to Bob Seidensticker who suggested to the conference organizer that I could represent a skeptical viewpoint on the question "Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?" I came prepared with a PowerPoint presentation called "Be...

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