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

Find it on Scholar. The Miracle of Theism. History of Western Philosophy. The free will defense against evil presupposes that having creatures with free will is a tne good than preventing evil.

The Miracle of Theism

Also, a nice aspect of this book is that it is not limited to metaphyscial arguments, but includes moral and even epistemological arguments. Designed by WordPress Business Themesthanks to: Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: Daarna bestudeert deze kerel of ze houdbaar zijn. Og 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.


Mackie begins with a definition of god borrowed from Swinburne: 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.

Lists with This Book. I think that this was an excellent book to read and helpful if you are looking for atheists who have truly thought through atheism and theism and reasoned to atheism.

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Mackie, The Miracle of Theism Oxford,p. Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: The one problem I had was his section on miracles in which he basically re-iterates David Hume’s position.

The late John L. Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion. 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.

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. Hume believes, as does Mackie, that no miracle claim has survived such rigorous evaluation.

Negash rated it liked it Feb 19, He definitely, in my humble opinion and I don’t mean that sarcastically, fulfills the stereotype that atheism could not exist without theism. It should be noted og this book is first and foremost an academic treatment of atheism and theism. The miracle of theism is not what Mackie is espousing here.


The late John L. 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.

What does it mean to suggest that god ghe given us obligations that are intrinsically action-guiding? Naarmate het boek naar het einde nadert begint zijn schr; uitgeleend aan Marnix Lukas Szrot rated it really liked it Jul 29, Sign in Create an account. Gaskin – – Philosophical Books 25 1: Mackie is one of the authors that most likely had a hand in the recent surge of “atheist” books.