The late John L. Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. The Miracle of Theism. J. L. MACKIE. New York: Oxford University. Press, p. Cloth $, paper $ Faith and Rationality. ALVIN PLANTINGA and . The Miracle of Theism. Arguments For and Against the Existence of God. John L. Mackie. Publication Date – January ISBN: pages.

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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 mirzcle of thinking that Hume intended to build an a priori case against miracles. Paperbackpages. Clement Dore – – St. Jun 05, Chris rated it it was amazing.

Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. Although, I do wish Mackie would have more explicitly discussed James’ pragmatism and its influence or lack there of on his views of religious experience. Letters to Doubting Thomas: Also, a nice aspect tue this book is that it is not limited to metaphyscial arguments, but includes moral and even epistemological arguments.

The late John L. Mackie Clarendon Press,Pp. Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

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

This is not how science works or how ordinary causal inquiry works, though. Arif Ahmed – – Mind McBrayer – – Philosophy Compass 5 7: It not only tells us what we should do, but gives us reasons that are of a particular sort that they stand a better chance to make us want to do what we should do. Attempting to erect a monarchical government in the United States would be very unlikely to succeed these days, in part because people recognize that one individual is not going to have all our best interests in mind.


The Existence of God. Second, while he does bring good arguments against James on religious experience, it is hard to see how his views on morality do not fall prey to the same arguments. 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.

For further discussion, see my article on The Ontological Argument for God. Ivan rated it really liked it Sep 19, If the reader has some familiarity with modern philosophy it would be helpful but is not necessary. Request removal from index. The late John L. Sign in to use this feature. Richard Swinburne – – Oxford University Press. He is perhaps best known for his views on meta-ethics, especially his defence of moral skepticism.

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At theissm 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.

In my opinion, The Miracle of Theism is more than deserving of its esteemed reputation, despite a couple of weak areas, and ought to be mafkie reading for philosophy of religion students. Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: Dec 15, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: This entry has no external links. Return to Book Page. Mackie on Neoplatonism’s ‘Replacement for God’. Good analysis of Ontological and Cosmological rationales.


Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion. Jan 12, Icanclick rated it it was amazing. I found this to be one of the weakest chapters in the book, not because mlracle the defense of subjectivism, but because of all that is conceded to proponents hheism the moral argument.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Find it on Scholar. On the first, the central question is: Mar 06, Ginger Griffin rated it it was amazing. No categories specified categorize this paper. His book is in mackoe same genre as Smith’s Atheism: The Miracle of Theism: Refresh and try again.

I think that Mackie’s purpose here is to present well-worn religious arguments and present the reasons that they do not work, which he does nicely. And admits that although he does not like the closed minded Catholics, they have done more to stand against oppressive regimes and communist governments than atheists have.

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