Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Inherent Subjectivity in Theistic Sexual Ethics


(Note: What follows is a transcript of the above video)

I believe I’ve discovered a conflict between the moral argument for the existence of god and both the contingency argument and the design argument that results in a tangible way to demonstrate how parts of theistic ethical systems are inherently and inescapably subjective.

I’ve made videos countering the moral argument in the past pointing out that theistic grounding of moral values in god’s nature is inherently subjective by definition. This is because philosophers and apologists define objectivity as being “mind independent”, and if god’s nature grounds moral values, and god is understood to be a disembodied mind – then the nature of a mind is by definition dependent on a mind.

I still think that objection works and is useful, but it’s still semantic in nature. Atheists can do better to show how a number of moral obligations that theists want to impose on society are inherently and inescapably subjective, not objective in nature.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Comments on Atheists I Respect Becoming Agnostics


Note: What follows is a transcription of the video.

Recently two atheists who I respect have announced that they are now agnostics. I’m speaking of Emerson Green and Matthew Adelstein who have put out a video and blog post respectively about their journey from atheism to agnosticism. If you haven’t already, I suggest taking a listen and/or read through of the linked pieces in the description. Both are quite worthwhile.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

William Lane Craig Cherry Picks His Standards for Christian Belief

There's been a bit of a dustup on philosophy of religion YouTube thanks to Dr. William Lane Craig's comments on a recent podcast about lowering the epistemic bar for belief in his form of Christianity and raising the bar for defeaters for Christianity. He then went on Capturing Christianity's channel to defend himself from numerous detractors and after seeing the hole he dug for himself on that show I decided to put out a detailed critique of his cherry picked standards.  

Sorry for a lack of a transcript, I wanted to do this one live, so you'll just have to watch the video.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Debunking William Lane Craig's Apologetics

In these ad lib videos I counter some apologetics from William Lane Craig.  The first video goes over how his clarifications on objective in terms of moral values and duties ends up proving his meta-ethical theory is self referentially incoherent.

The second covers how his apologetics about why we weren't created in heaven directly, as we'd expect if a tri-omni god existed, is just a terrible answer.


New Videos Debunking Miracles

I've found a new process for myself that lets me make some quick videos that can still get good points across. The downside is that I haven't spent a long time writing a script I can just put up as a blog post. 

However I've spent some time making videos about miracles and my thought experiment of empirically verifiable miracles - so please enjoy if you haven't seen them already.