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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However, if god has created us with uncontrollable choices, then to control any of our choices would be logically impossible.

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

If the reader has some familiarity with modern philosophy it would be helpful but is not necessary. History of Western Philosophy.

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Mackie claims that god, by any reasonable definition, has power over causal laws. Goodreads hheism you keep track of books you want to read.

The Miracle of Theism

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 think that this was an excellent book to read and helpful if you are looking for atheists who have truly thought through atheism ,ackie theism and reasoned to atheism.

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This seems an apt description of the monotheistic deity conceived of during the Middle Ages, which served as the focus of theological musings like those of Anselm and Aquinas, whose arguments and beliefs greatly helped to shape what theisn often called traditional theism. God and the Burden of Proof: Stephen Layman – – Oxford University Press.

In an era of fideism it was great to see myself aligned with a respectable thinker’s responses to Pascal’s wager and pragmatism. Chapter seven addresses the argument from consciousness, noting how theism tehism the physical connection between intentions and their fulfillment i. Aug 28, Paul rated it it was amazing.

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Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: He concludes that although religious experience cannot serve to show the existence of a being possessing any of the traditional attributes of god, neither can any of the alternative naturalistic theories of religion account for all religious experience without committing a genetic fallacy.

He is perhaps best known for his views on meta-ethics, especially his defence of moral skepticism. But given that his seems to end on a self-defeating conclusion i. 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.

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I could be wrong about this, but based on his writing he seems to at least have respect mackke his theistic academicians. 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. In summary, I wish that the popular atheists of today would recognize what it means to be respectable, courteous, and possess academic integrity rather than resorting to rhetoric and ad hominem arguments insulting ones character to discredit their position.

For further discussion, see my article on The Cosmological Argument for God. Paperbackpages. Jun 05, Chris rated it it was amazing.

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To ask other readers questions about The Miracle of Theismplease sign up. The Miracle of Theism is regarded today as one of the most influential and forceful analyses of religion, particularly coming from an atheistic position.

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. The Miracle of Theism By J. If there is no good thee to think a perfectly good god exists, there is no reason to accept the moral argument.