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Posted inSpace

Phil Halper Interviewed on Cosmology, Kalam, Craig, and Atheism.

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is something I have been meaning to do for a long time. Phil Halper, with his superb skydivephil channel, has produced some brilliant videos over time critiquing the Kalam, William Lane Craig, theistic cosmology, animal suffering arguments and all sorts, whilst also producing some of the best, most in-depth documentaries on cosmology. He has […]

Posted inArts, Books

Carrier’s Anti-Kalam Book Endorsement!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apologies for my absence – half term, and kids, and all that. Dr Richard Carrier was very generous indeed with his time and effort on my recent book The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]. I was very much indebted to him for his extensive blog entry on the piece. Within that article […]

Posted inBooks

Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?

Reading Time: 7 minutes This was the question I sought to answer in my book of the same name, with the subtitle of Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument [UK]. I often think this is my best book. It’s tight, aimed at just the right level and audience in a successful manner (in terms of writing for an audience), […]

Posted inArts, Books

Kalam Underwritten by Science?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I wrote a, what I obviously think is fantastic, book on the Kalam Cosmological Argument a few years back. The sort of reviews I have enjoyed getting go something like this: 5.0 out of 5 stars  William Lane Craig really should read this book before he says anything else . . . Reviewed in the […]

Posted inUncategorized

Pearced Off! #8 – The Kalam and Free Will as Not Compatible

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am running a series of the old podcast segments from my Pearced Off! section of the Skepticule Podcast (a British skepticism-based podcast now on hiatus) that I used to contribute to. Some of the earlier ones have some quieter audio. Apologies. They run at around ten minutes. Something to keep you company outside of Netflix and the […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Free Will & the Kalam: Causes & Reasons

Reading Time: 5 minutes I recently posted on the Kalam Cosmological Argument and how it isn’t compatible with libertarian free will. Luke Breuer took issues with what I said, transcribing my video (now in italic)  in his comment: Jonathan, you seem to be conflating causes and reasons: But basically someone who is a determinist or adequate determinist, given the sort of quantum […]

Posted inUncategorized

Kalam and Free Will

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s a video for you based on an argument in my book Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? (UK) and about which I have written several times before:   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! […]

Posted inBooks

Libertarian Free Will and the Kalam, Revisited

Reading Time: 2 minutes It seems that internet friends and atheist You Tube sensations CosmicSkeptic and Rationality Rules have either read my book at some point or are just hitting a rich vein of Kalam Cosmological Argument (KCA) criticism by mutual awesomeness. I recently posted about my thoughts concerning CosmicSkeptic’s debate with William Lane Craig and you can see […]

Posted inPhilosophy

An Immaterial Mind Causing the Universe

Reading Time: 4 minutes The other day, I was sent an argument by a commenter on my video discussing the Kalam Cosmological Argument. For the full details of his arguments, please see my post here. William Lane Craig uses an extension to his Kalam Cosmological Argument to conclude that this an immaterial mind, qua God, is necessary to explain […]

Posted inUncategorized

Criticising Craig’s Personal Mind As Causing the Universe

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here is an argument that a commenter on one of my recent YouTube videos on the Kalam Cosmological Argument gave me. It’s actually something I have argued elsewhere (possibly even mentioning in that Kalam series itself). Before I hand over to him, let me remind you of the KCA: Whatever begins to exist has a […]

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