I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy at Wayne State University (in Michigan). My primary interests are in the philosophy of religion (with special focus on natural theology, natural atheology, and philosophical theology). I have secondary interests in: epistemology (viz., the apprehension of necessary truth, the nature of rational belief, and abduction), philosophy of science (viz., the problem of induction and the status of unobservable theoretical entities), metaphysics (viz., the transcendental properties of being, questions concerning the nature of modality, Frank Jackson's knowledge argument), and the philosophy of language (viz., the problem of negative existential statements and the nature of linguistic reference). My focus on particular philosophers includes Plato, Boethius, Anselm, René Descartes, George Berkeley, David Hume, and Brand Blanshard -- along with other philosophers in the British Idealist tradition and the Cambridge Platonists tradition. On a more personal note, I enjoy science fiction and fantasy (both books and film), gaming (PC, board-games, and console), and television shows that I watch with some regularity include NOVA and Globetrekker.
On the assumption that traditional religion is false, I don’t think that those who have entirely rejected traditional religion need something to replace it – except perhaps the truth (because one should try to avoid replacing false beliefs with other false beliefs). And on the assumption that traditional religion (or some part of it) is [...]
The fact that the terms “faith” and “dogma” and “morality” have different senses makes this a difficult question to answer in a way that would be compelling to most readers. For example, consider the term “faith.” As Richard Dawkins understands it, faith is believing against the evidence (or believing in the absence of any evidence) [...]
Some people claim to have a strong sense of being in a “strong, loving relationship with God.” I can’t say that I have anything like this myself. Perhaps other people are in communication with divinity — perhaps not. As a mere cultural survey, the authors never attempt anything like a rigorous analysis of the argument [...]