The superfluousness of reformed epistemology and other problems

Reformed epistemology emphasizes that a theist (or Christian in particular) can have epistemic justification for their belief in God, but the justification doesn't have to be by way of argument or external/independent evidence. I say "external evidence" because reformed epistemology is not fideism; it might be better to describe one as having "grounds" for their …

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An evolutionary explanation of the belief in God and the (supposed) genetic fallacy

We've all had our views or arguments misrepresented at some point. Typically, if you (mis)represent your opponent as giving a deductive argument, then you can easily find a fallacy. Conversely, when certain arguments are, for example, properly represented as abductive arguments, some of those same fallacies just don't apply. One argument against the existence of …

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Leibniz’s critique of the ontological argument

How does Anselm's (and Descartes') ontological argument not assume that the concept of God is possible? Leibniz argued that that the ontological argument assumes this. For all I know, I have a concept of something that is impossible. Or, I could draw contradictory conclusions. I have a concept of God, but, for all I know, …

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Lacktheism or “atheism is just a lack of belief in God’s existence”

There's something that's wrong with saying atheism is just a lack of belief in God. The problem is that one can have a confidence level of 51% that God exists. But would we say that they believe that God exists? No. If I have a confidence level of 51% that it is going to rain …

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Paul Draper’s moral argument for the existence of God

Paul Draper is an atheist philosopher. But despite the fact that he's an atheist, he still thinks there is some evidence for God. In particular, he has come up with a moral argument for God's existence (i.e. an inductive argument). The argument runs as follows: 1. There are moral agents in the world, i.e., us. By …

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