The Future of the God Debates


As Theology Evolves, Humanist Philosophers Keep Pace

Dr. John Shook and I discuss a little philosophy, the evolution and future of the god debates, and the meaning of the word faith. Shook is a scholar and professor living in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo in 1994, and joined the staff of the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y. in 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and dozens of articles in academic journals, along with essays for Free Inquiry and The Humanist. He published The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers in 2010. Shook is currently Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Inquiry; the Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association; a Co-Mentor with the Humanist Institute, and President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. He is also an editor of three philosophy journals: Contemporary Pragmatism, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and Philo: A Journal of Philosophy.

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  1. The link to the source requires a signup. So what’s the summary of his view concerning The Future of the God Debates? There is nothing here that hints of any value he has to add to the conversation.

  2. The problem seems to me that “God Debates” do not have a future. There is simply no substance here, seeing as faith always dodges the demand for evidence (because there is none). And theology does not “evolve”, it just becomes more adept at mincing words, watering down concepts, and generally spewing nonsense coated in spacy words. The fact is: there are no new arguments for the existence of gods (or the supernatural in general), it’s either old ones wrapped in fancy new terms (everything “quantum” or “information”) or simply the same tired old tropes. And they have been refuted time and again. So what’s to add?

  3. I’d like to debate a man’s right to get pregnant and carry babies to term. What? There is no debate? Well, I have a very strong opinion and belief that no one should stand in a man’s way if he decides to have a baby. Hopefully, in my lifetime, the “god debate” will wither to this level of absurdity.

  4. The longer the debate lasts…..the more thats proof god doesnt exist. Theologists should all shut up and let god speak for himself. If he can’t even do such a simple act….what’s there to debate about? If god wants people to know him….why then does he create beings with the inability to know him……this includes beings who are born mentally unsound. Why does he make swines who are unable to accept pearls. A swine is as a swine does. If god is not born….how then can he exists? The only logical explanation is that if ever he is born….he is born of our imagination. A debate involving an imaginary friend will last as long as that imagination is alive. Since Jesus has a brain….surely he is equally capable of imagining things. Looking at the way mental health is managed in ancient days……there is more to doubt what we hear from these ancient people. Genital mutilation…..and the likes of these ancient superstitions… long must we hold on to these which are stopping us from a better future for humanity.

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