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The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. The Miracle of Theism By J. L. Mackie Clarendon Press, , Pp., £, £ . The late John L. Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. The Miracle of Theism. Arguments For and Against the Existence of God. John L. Mackie. Publication Date – January ISBN: pages.

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Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

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The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God

In Summation While reading through The Miracle of TheismI was repeatedly struck by why so many philosophers and students of religious studies consider it to be such an important work of its kind.

Roland Puccetti – – Dialogue 32 4: Oxford University Press; 1 edition January 13, Language: Regarding the actual content of the book, I found Mackie’s aggressive approach combined with an admirable respect to be a refreshing mixture in an atheist writer. Hume and the Independent Witnesses. All of his arguments for atheism are completely dependent on arguments for theism.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I would like for it to have been bound in signatures Smyth-sewnas that would have allowed me to have opened it wider while reading, but that was a minor issue. A number of theistic critiques of Hume that I have come across fail to distinguish these parts, frequently even omitting the central argument, and so make the mistake of thinking that Hume intended to build an a priori case against miracles.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. This book is an interesting read for those dedicated to theology, and is the paradigm of literature which theists ought to read in order to better rebut the arguments of their atheist pals. Request removal from index. Lukas Szrot rated it really liked it Jul 29, No keywords specified fix it.


Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. Joel rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Fortunately, it was published posthumously in for future readers to examine Mackie’s critique against Theism.

Jun 05, Chris rated it it was amazing. Parsons – – Prometheus Books. Science Logic and Mathematics. To ask other readers questions about The Miracle of Theismplease sign up. While his critiques may not necessarily be unprecedented, his thorough rigor and clarity makes this the epitome of critical integrity as an Atheistic literature, such that it deserves to be read Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

No categories specified categorize this paper. Any robust ethical theory will have prescriptive or normative statements that are not just action-guiding, but action-motivating as well.

This is a fantastic introduction to the philosophy of religion. This is a nice middle-ground between George Smith and Michael Martin, more on Smith’s side of things in terms of ease of reading.

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Jul 08, Grasped in Thought rated it really liked it. It is only with the help of these borrowings that the design argument can introduce the required asymmetry, that any natural explanation uses data theims call for further explanation, but that the theistic explanation terminates the regress.

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Instead, we have created a government where multiple people are elected from different areas and muracle walks of life, and they are held accountable by us in an effort to ensure that our interests are better represented in legal decisions. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Teleological is there as well, but not as well thought out.


Stephen Layman – – Oxford University Press. Margaret Tyler rated it it was ok Aug 25, It was a quite good book about the philosophy of religion. Open Preview See a Problem? Five Proofs of the Existence of God. The argument will not take us even as far as Kant seems to allow without borrowing the a priori thesis that there is a vicious metaphysical contingency in all natural things, and, in contrast with this, the ‘transcendental’ concept of a god who is self-explanatory and necessarily existent.

Mackie puts forth, but a lot of the arguments are really good.

For the remaining three chapters, Professor Mackie entertains the notion of religion without belief, possible replacements for god, and the conclusion and implications of atheism. I foolishly got rid of that copy, thinking I had no use for it. The Miracle of Theism is regarded today as one of the most influential and forceful analyses of religion, particularly coming from an atheistic position.

At pages in length, it manages to be thorough and concise, tackling the classic arguments for god, more modern variations and arguments put forward by Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, John Leslie, and others, as well as the problem of evil and some non-traditional theistic claims.

The Miracle of Theism

Start reading The Miracle of Theism on your Kindle in under a minute. Atheists and theists who are use As a Christian, I have been tired of the neo-Athiest movement and its caustic rhetoric.

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