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 argument will not take us even as far as Kant seems oof allow without borrowing the a priori thesis that there is a vicious metaphysical contingency in all natural things, and, in contrast with this, the ‘transcendental’ concept of theisj god who is self-explanatory and necessarily existent. Written in the 80’s, the book still holds its own. Troubles on Moral Mackir Earth: History of Western Philosophy. 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 is often called traditional theism.

Mar 04, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Meaning, that he doesn’t seem to have any chapter that argues for naturalism as such. Hume believes, as does Mackie, that no miracle claim has survived such rigorous evaluation. 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.

Mackie is thorough, but not so thorough as to make Mr Mackie does an above average job of introducing arguments for the existence of god. It not only tells us what miraclf 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. An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle.

This is a nice middle-ground between George Smith and Michael Martin, more on Smith’s side of things in terms of ease of reading. Quotes from The Miracle of Th The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God.

Jason Mingus rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Many of the criticisms leveled by Mackie are concise and challenging, not to mention unique in the way that he systematically lays out arguments and objections that rarely appears in modern popular writings against theism. Naarmate het boek naar het einde nadert begint zijn schr; uitgeleend aan Marnix Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion.

Mackie is definitely not in the class of Dawkins, Krauss, Hitchens, or Dennett.

This is a fantastic introduction to the philosophy of religion. But then this means that the natural features cannot themselves be intrinsically action-guiding. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: Ross – – Ethics 94 4: This creation of supervenient value, as Mackie terms it, is indistinguishable from the creation of supervenient value undertaken by many dictators and monarchs down through human history, imposing their own codes of conduct onto their subjects.

As a Christian, I have been tired of the neo-Athiest movement and its caustic rhetoric. Oxford University Press Das Problem des miracls denkbaren Gottes Anselm. The dependence of the argument for design on the ideas that are the core of the cosmological one is greater than Kant realized.

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Arif Ahmed – – Mind 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 thsism likelihood of it being true or false.

Trivia About The Miracle of Th Be the first to ask a question about The Miracle of Theism. Mackie’s Treatment of Miracles. Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. Arti Narang rated it really liked it Sep 06, Leads me tye believe I should avoid philosophy books in future. 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.

Larmer – – Mcgill-Queen’s University Press.

The Miracle of Theism

Hume and the Independent Witnesses. This review has necessarily been a brief exploration of some of the arguments and ideas in the book that most peaked my interest, but I will very likely be taking up excerpts of it for additional discussion in future articles and reviews on this site.

Sign in to use this miraxle. Chapter nine shifts from theistic arguments to the atheistic argument from evil. To ask other readers questions about The Miracle of Theismplease sign up. A lot more boring than Mitacle had hoped.

A Case Against God, but goes into a bit more detail, philosophically speaking. Dan Baras – – European Journal of Philosophy 26 1: Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: This is probably the best imracle I’ve read on the topic.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In summary, I wish that the popular atheists yheism 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.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The late John L. Despite what it says tehism the back, I doubt that the general reader can follow the discussion.