Philosophers and their religious practices, Part 1: Homilies for a hoping agnostic

[cross-posted at The Philosophers’ Cocoon] This is the first installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. Curiously,
[cross-posted at The Philosophers’ Cocoon] This is the first installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. Curiously, [More]

Evil and Compatibilism

There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if
There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if [More]

Is Modal Realism Immoral?

I want to address what I think is a mistaken objection to modal realism: the so-called problem of indifference. The objection is originally formulated in Robert Adams. I think that our very strong
I want to address what I think is a mistaken objection to modal realism: the so-called problem of indifference. The objection is originally formulated in Robert Adams. I think that our very strong [More]

The Question of God’s Perfection

The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem December 20-23, 2015 Philosophers often describe theism as the belief in the existence of a “perfect being” — a being that is said to possess all possible perfections,
The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem December 20-23, 2015 Philosophers often describe theism as the belief in the existence of a “perfect being” — a being that is said to possess all possible perfections, [More]

Workshop ‘Explaining Religion. Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism’

When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp
When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp [More]

Results of my survey on religious disagreement

Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young
Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young [More]

Call for Papers-Logos 2015: Religious Experience

May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine;
May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine; [More]

Wettstein’s practice-based attitude to religious faith: Is realist theism no longer the only game in town?

[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or
[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or [More]

The Ties That Bind . . . are Tribal

When we're confronted with new ideas, we have a strong tendency to retreat to the beliefs we're comfortable with. This cognitive bias keeps us safe but also prevents us from seeing the errors in our own thinking and makes our world smaller than it should be. It's time to leave the cave of tribalism and embrace the unknown. It's risky and potentially painful but absolutely necessary. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]