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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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. Finitism and the Beginning of the Universe. On the other hand, if these obligations are independent of our desires and purposes, how are we motivated to observe them? Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: Plantinga, Swinburne, and the Analytic Defense of Theism.

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

A Critique of Extreme Axiarchism. My brain was certainly broken. Refresh and try again.

If you are not up to date on their writings, again you will feel as though there are holes in your understanding and find it difficult to grasp the significance of Mackie’s objections to theism. History of Western Philosophy. Sign in Create an account. The five points Hume makes about the insufficient attestation for miracles, our propensity to believe the seemingly absurd, how miracle reports derive from comparably ignorant ancestral cultures, the conflict of diverging religious claims, and our tendency to desire objects of religious belief, must be applied to any miracle report to ascertain the likelihood of it being true or false.


Oct 11, sam rated it it was ok Shelves: Larmer – – Mcgill-Queen’s University Press. Margaret Tyler rated it it was ok Aug 25, As a Christian, I have been tired of the neo-Athiest movement and its caustic rhetoric. It is, without a doubt, an essential text for those interested in philosophy of religion. Science Logic and Mathematics. Troubles on Moral Twin Earth: History of Western Philosophy.

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. Brugger – – Theologie Und Philosophie 58 3: Atheists and theists who are used to the popular, neo-Atheistic writings of Dawkins and his ilk will find this book challenging.

Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: Hume believes, as does Mackie, that no miracle claim has survived such rigorous evaluation. Chapter seven addresses the argument from consciousness, noting how theism takes the physical connection between intentions and their fulfillment i.

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Good analysis of Ontological and Cosmological rationales. 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.

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For further discussion, see my article on The Cosmological Argument for God. I think that Mackie’s purpose here mieacle to present well-worn religious arguments and present the reasons that they do not work, which he does nicely.


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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Now, of course, a dictator could motivate people to obey his will by issuing threats of violence, but this would just return us to the question of why such reasons should be considered moral reasons.

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Return to Book Page. I don’t think that Mackie avoids this, but he could if he adopted an Aristotelian view, or even as he described it, a Kantian view of morality. His book is in the same genre as Smith’s Atheism: This article has no associated abstract.

Das Problem des rein denkbaren Gottes Anselm. 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.

Today’s atheists are as dogmatic as many of their theistic opponents and this is frustrating for those searching for a constructive dialog on the issues. This is probably the best book I’ve read on the topic. The Miracle of Theism.

It should be noted that this book is first and foremost an academic treatment of atheism and theism.