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Open-minded?

02Jun09

Think you’re open-minded? This interesting discussion of open-mindedness, the burden of proof and supernatural beliefs might interest you…


This review essay of two recent books provides a useful introduction to some of the philosophical problems surrounding the compatibility of religion and science.  Prof. Coyne thinks that religion and science can never really be made compatible – but is this right?  How might one form an ‘indirect’ response to this kind of  view? It […]


I mentioned Hume’s sceptical objection to arguments from religious experience or miracles in class.  You can find a fuller account of Hume’s critique here, here and here.  Hume’s critiques of religion have been incredibly influential and in many ways he is the ultimate religious sceptic.  Hume lived in the 18th century, a time when atheism was frowned upon.  Many […]


Flew was well known for a work entitled ‘Theology and Falsification’ which has become something of required reading for atheists. Here’s a section which is reprinted in this anthology.Theology and FalsificationLet us begin with a parable. It is a parable developed from a tale told by John Wisdom in his haunting and revelatory article ‘Gods’. […]


One of the most vocal atheistic voices over recent years was that of Anthony Flew, son of a methodist preacher and analytic philosopher.  However, in 2004 (at the age of 79) he began to endorse a form of deism, even writing to Tony Blair and asking that intelligent design be included in the UK science […]


“No! No one who was great in the world will be forgotten, but everyone was great in his own way, and everyone in proportion to the greatness of that which he loved. He who loved himself became great by virtue of himself, and he who loved other men became great by his devotedness, but he […]


A useful summary of this work by D. Anthony Storm can be found here.  Chapter 1 – the ‘Panegyric Upon Abraham’ is reproduced here.


Kierkegaard’s thought is characteristic of what we might term the ‘indirect response’ to scepticism. Kierkegaard was a Danish 19th Century philosopher, writer and theologian. His thought is difficult to engage with, partly because he was an unconventional writer who employed irony, contradiction and pseudonymous authorship because he did not want his though to be interpreted […]


Direct responses to religious scepticism accept the grounds of criticism, and attempt to offer a response on similar grounds; i.e. offering a rational grounding for a belief, offering ‘evidence’, offering argument. With respect to scepticism regarding the existence of God, there are three main types of argument: ontological, cosmological and teleological. (There are various different […]