The Cosmological Argument: A Pragmatic Defense (with Jason Megill), European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2010, pp. 127-142.

Abstract: We formulate a sort of “generic” Cosmological argument, i.e., a Cosmological argument that shares premises (e.g., “contingent, concretely existing entities have a cause”) with numerous versions of the argument. We then defend each of the premises by offering pragmatic arguments for them. We show that an endorsement of each premise will lead to an increase in expected utility; so in the absence of strong evidence that the premises are false, it is rational to endorse them. Therefore, it is rational to endorse the Cosmological argument, and so rational to endorse theism. We then consider possible objections.


Religion and the Shape of Liberalism, An annotated bibliography for the Religion and Its Publics Project, January 22, 2019. 

Trump and the Banality of EvilThe Square, February 26, 2018.

Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that (with Charles Mathewes), The Washington Post, July 28, 2017.