There has been some fantastic discussion in the comments on my previous essay, Belief vs. Faith. I am still intending to revise that document based on the feedback I have received, but am not sure when that’s going to fit into the schedule. There is a definite tension between revising published material and producing new material.
This week’s post concerns the concept of the supernatural, particularly with respect to claims of miracles. In this essay, I discuss the apparent lack of adequate evidence for anything supernatural ever having happened, which raises the bar in terms of required evidence for an claimed supernatural event. I further express discontent over the notion of the supernatural itself, which seems to be an incoherent concept. As always, I welcome comments, criticisms, and suggestions. Enjoy!
Update: My last few essays have been focusing on laying the groundwork for discussion (establishing that in order to convince me of anything, we’ll need to be talking on an evidentiary basis, and that claims of the supernatural are going to require extraordinary evidence). While there is certainly still plenty of groundwork that can be laid, I probably should start balancing out the content of this site by having my next essay specifically address one of the common arguments in favor of God’s existence. There are several good choices, which I will list below. I would welcome any suggestions about the ones you, my readers, would be most interested in me tackling first. The possibilities that come immediately to mind are:
- Argument from first cause
- Fine tuning of the universe
- Intelligent design
- Argument from the resurrection of Jesus Christ (This topic is covered indirectly in my essay on arguments from scripture)
- Lord, Liar, Lunatic (This topic is covered indirectly in my essay on arguments from scripture)
- Argument from necessity of God for objective morality (This topic is being covered in a series of posts, including Morality vs. Ethics, Origins of the Ethical Imperative, Social Evolution: The Origins of Ethics, and a couple of further posts that have yet to be written)
Update: The essay I wrote was on the argument from first cause, and is linked to above.
2nd Update: I have written some more of the essays mentioned above, and have added links to them.