Claims of Personal Revelation and Divine Hiddenness

I have what seems to be quite a novel idea that I would like to present here…

Months ago, I authored a post dealing with what is often called the problem of divine hiddenness or, more generally, why — if the Christian god exists — the Christian god remains hidden. Theists typically, at least from my experience, use personal revelation as reasons to believe in God (or otherwise justify their previously held belief in God) and thus — as it seems and should be guaranteed to follow if we accept their claims for sake of argument — increase the probability of God existing. Surprisingly though, as I will argue, if it is the case that theistic belief is conditional on a god not revealing himself, it seems to be the case that both claims of personal revelation undermine the reasoning of theists who maintain that God must remain hidden due to certain considerations and that claims of personal revelation (if accepted for sake of argument) actually seem to lead to a conclusion that the Christian god doesn’t exist.

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NEPA Freethought Society Podcast – Episode 11 – Interview with Ethereal Collapse

Ethereal Collapse on NEPA Freethought Society Podcast

Episode 11 of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast is now available in video and audio format!
Follow this link for the podcast through your method of choice.

Podcast Topic:
Joining us for this podcast — hailing from Wilkes-Barre, PA — are members of the melodic death metal band Ethereal Collapse. We discuss themes of philosophy which are present in their music and talk about the band in general.

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Lawrence Krauss clarifies his comments regarding philosophy, apologizes

I published a new article on Examiner.com titled “Lawrence Krauss clarifies his comments regarding philosophy, apologizes.” Read the first paragraph of the article below and visit Examiner.com to read the rest of the article.

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss has drawn the ire of many following some of his comments at American Atheists’ 2012 national convention including “philosophy is the field that hasn’t progressed in 2000 years whereas science has” and in an interview with The Atlantic in which he asserted that philosophy of science has “no impact on physics what so ever.” Philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci responded to some of Krauss’ comments in a lengthy blog post on RationallySpeaking.org noting that Krauss’ comments are a “combination of profound ignorance and hubris.” Today, in a Scientific American article titled “The Consolation of Philosophy,” Krauss clarified his statements regarding philosophy and apologized to those whom he offended.

Read more of the article on Examiner.com here.

Have diversity initiatives sabotaged higher education?

 

Diversity initiatives in higher education, with the intent to foster harmony and understanding of others, seemed to have undermined some of the primary goals of higher education: leading students to critically self-reflect and hold justified true beliefs. Some diversity initiatives have reinforced the very harmful idea that disagreement is disrespectful and have also assented to indefensible epistemiological ideas including ‘all perspectives are equally valid’ and ‘people are justified in holding a belief because it is a product of their culture.’ Harmony can be had — and perhaps better so — as a result of critical discussion that should be encouraged and welcomed instead of discouraged and viewed as disrespectful. 

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Peter Boghossian to appear on NEPA Freethought Society Podcast

Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian will be appearing on an episode of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast that will be recorded on May 5 and released on a future date.

Boghossian will be discussing practical strategies that listeners can use to combat faith and promote reason and rationality. He will be specifically addressing effective strategies to challenge faith-based claims, discussing critical thinking and faith in prisons, and explaining effective ways for persons to engage people of faith.

This episode won’t be live to allow for viewer questions during recording, but fans of the podcast may submit questions prior to recording and we’ll try to address them (feel free to leave questions in the comment section of this post).