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April 28, 2001

Added A Defense of Naturalism by Keith Augustine
The first part of this essay discusses what naturalism in the philosophy of religion should entail for one's ontology, considers various proposed criteria for categorizing something as natural, uses an analysis of these proposed criteria to develop theoretical criteria for both the natural and nonnatural, and develops a set of criteria for identifying a potentially supernatural event in practice. The second part of the essay presents a persuasive empirical case for naturalism based on the lack of uncontroversial evidence for any potential instances of supernatural causation, with particular emphasis on the lack of evidence for supernatural causation in our modern scientific account of the history of the universe and in modern parapsychological research.

April 21, 2001

Added Confessions of a Former Mystic by Edward Tabash.
Edward Tabash shares his fascinating story about mystical experiences and the ongoing search for metaphysical awakening.

April 19, 2001

Added Should Atheism Be Universally Held? by Michael Martin.
Should atheists want everyone to embrace atheism? Should atheism become a universally held view? Many atheists seem to think so.

April 17, 2001

Revised Section 2e: How Do We Know He was Dead? of Why I Don't Buy the Resurrection Story by Richard Carrier.
Expands previous discussion, to include even more supporting data, and to address certain additional relevant literature more directly.
Added A Response to Nicholas Tattersall's "A Critique of 'Miracles' by C. S. Lewis" by Darek Barefoot.
Barefoot criticises Tattersall's defense of naturalism, supporting C.S. Lewis' argument that reason cannot be produced by any mechanical organism and therefore must be supernatural.

April 16, 2001

Added the November/December issue of the Skeptical Review.

Added "Doctors Pronounce Jesus Dead!" by Richard Carrier.

April 13, 2001

Added "Historical Evidence and the Empty Tomb Story: A Reply to William Lane Craig" (2001) [ 116K ] by Jeffery Jay Lowder
Lowder provides a point-by-point rebuttal to Craig's case for the empty tomb. Along the way, Lowder defends a naturalistic explanation of the empty tomb. He concludes that historians should be agnostic about the empty tomb story.
Added The Lowdown on God's Showdown by Edward Babinski.
For two millennia in Christendom every generation has been the last generation.  Just in time, Edward Babinski is here to explain the delay..
Added He is risen! And so is she (and him...) by Dan Lewandowski
It was a fleeting but effective life...

April 12, 2001

Added God's Calendar by Richard Heritage
Did you know that our familiar calendar is pagan through and through? This intolerable situation must be stopped! A call to action for all true Christians.

April 10, 2001

Added links to the following 2-part rebuttal to Bertrand Russell's "Why I Am Not a Christian":

April 04, 2001

Updated the Events Section.
CommonSense 2001 Conference:  The Intercollegiate Journal of Humanism & Freethought will be held 6 and 7 April at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.  Click here for more information.



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