Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion by Michael L. Peterson, Raymond J. Vanarragon

By Michael L. Peterson, Raymond J. Vanarragon

Modern Debates within the Philosophy of faith gains newly commissioned debates on one of the most arguable concerns within the box. Is evil proof opposed to trust in God? Does technological know-how discredit faith? Is God’s lifestyles the simplest clarification of the universe? Is morality in keeping with God’s instructions? Is everlasting damnation appropriate with the Christian suggestion of God?

  • Features debates concentrating on each one of twelve of the main arguable concerns within the box.
  • Includes essays, replies, and rejoinders particularly commissioned for this quantity.
  • Contributors comprise William Alston, Lynne Rudder Baker, Peter Byrne, Richard Gale, William Hasker, Janine Marie Idziak, Michael Martin, Del Ratzsch, William Rowe, John Worrall, Keith Yandell, Dean Zimmerman, and lots of others.

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In the love affair with God . . 1 If this sort of hiddenness can produce the goods in question and is compatible with God having been revealed to the seeker, what possible reason could we have for insisting that God would leave the seeker in doubt and nonbelief in order to further those goods? A final objection, significantly different from the rest, should briefly be mentioned.

Is it more reasonable to affirm it than to refrain from affirming it? 12 1 Two aspects of the atheist’s noseeum inference should make us wary. First, it takes “the insights attainable by finite, fallible human beings as an adequate indication of 11 This strategy, often called “giving a theodicy,” has a venerable history. ), Evidential Argument from Evil. 12 The considerations we mention here are developed by William Alston. ), Evidential Argument from Evil, pp. 316–19. , p. 109. ” You’ve taken a year of high school physics.

They ask us to consider claims like these: 1 The earth is more than 100 years old. 2 You are not constantly dreaming. 3 There is no reason that justified Hitler in perpetrating the Holocaust. 14 What should we make of this argument? It seems eminently sensible insofar as it recommends that we be consistent in our skepticism rather than apply it only when doing so serves our agenda. And we agree that doubts about (1)–(3) are unreasonable. But our main concern is whether the comparison is apt. Most of us think that doubts about (1)–(3) are unreasonable because we’re pretty sure that we have what it takes to believe these things reasonably, even if we can’t say exactly how, and even though we don’t have a knockdown argument for them.

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