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August 23, 2012

New in the Kiosk: A Problem for Apologists: Is the Proposition "From Nothing, Nothing Comes" Analytic or Synthetic? (2012) by Brian Vroman

What about the claim made by many Christian theologians that God created the world or the universe ex nihilo—out of nothing? As it turns out, this claim presents a considerable difficulty for the theologian. To understand the problem, we must turn to the great David Hume, who famously argued that any proposition that is neither analytic nor synthetic is nonsense.

August 7, 2012

Added A Logical Argument from Evil and Perfection (2012) by Luke Tracey to the Alvin Plantinga page under Christian Apologetics and Apologists and the Logical Arguments from Evil page under Arguments for Atheism in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library.

In this paper Luke Tracey advances a logical argument from evil against the existence of God conceived of as a perfect being. Framing the argument in terms of considerations raised by the most famous critic of the logical argument from evil, Alvin Plantinga, Tracey focuses on defending the only really controversial premise of the argument before rebutting four general objections, two to the crucial premise of the argument and two to the argument itself. Tracey finds these objections inadequate for rejecting his logical argument from evil and concludes that perfect-being theism is untenable.

August 4, 2012

New in the Kiosk: I'm a Believer! (2012) by David Workman

"There is a pervasive and somewhat lopsided tendency in our society to separate fellow humans into the categories of being either 'believers' or 'nonbelievers.' The not-so-subtle implication is usually that there is something wrong with you if you are a 'nonbeliever.' Let's play a little game; I'll take the position that there really is something wrong with nonbelievers. But first, let's swap the traditional idea of who is a believer and who is a nonbeliever..."

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