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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Naarmate het boek naar het einde nadert begint zijn schr; uitgeleend aan Marnix The Miracle of Theism February 23,In: Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

Conceptual Conservatism and Contingent Composition. Chapter nine shifts from theistic arguments to the atheistic argument from evil.

J. L. Mackie, The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God – PhilPapers

As best as I can see it, it simply means that thdism has given us reasons to avoid certain actions and to engage in other certain actions, and these reasons are independent of what we want.

On the first, the central question is: Midacle, a nice aspect of this book is that it is not limited to o arguments, but includes moral and even epistemological arguments.

Bruce Langtry – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66 3: In my opinion, The Miracle of Theism is more than deserving of its esteemed reputation, despite a couple of weak areas, and ought to be required reading for philosophy of religion students. Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. A Critique of Extreme Axiarchism. Finitism and the Beginning of the Universe. However, if god has created us with uncontrollable choices, then to control any of our choices would be logically impossible.


The Miracle tgeism Theism: 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 thf make us want to do what we should do. Dec 26, Valdemar Pettersson rated it liked it. Lukas Szrot rated it really liked it Jul 29, According to some, the survival of theism — the belief in god s — is nothing short of miraculous; it testifies to the power and value of faith.

Ross – – Ethics 94 4: Azad rated it did not like it Sep 18, Gaskin – – Philosophical Books 25 1: McBrayer – – Philosophy Compass 5 7: This is a fantastic introduction to the philosophy of religion. Request removal from index.

Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: If there is no good grounds to think a perfectly good god exists, there is no reason to accept the moral argument.

Mackie claims that god, by any reasonable definition, has power over causal laws. miralce

The Miracle of Theism

Yet if this is so, then god has no need to use any means to attain his ends. The title of the book is a bit misleading: Spirituality as a Rhetorical Precondition for Knowledge of God. In terms of contemporary theists, Richard Swinburne and Alvin Plantinga are given special attention throughout this work, especially Swinburne.

The one problem I had was his section on miracles in which he basically re-iterates David Hume’s position. Mackie puts forth, but a lot of the arguments are really good. It is, without a doubt, an essential text for those interested in philosophy of religion. The Miracle of Theism is regarded today as one of the most influential and forceful analyses mackiie religion, particularly coming from an atheistic position. To ask other readers questions about The Miracle of Theismplease sign up.


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This review has necessarily been ghe 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. John Leslie Mackie was an Australian philosopher, originally from Sydney.

Regarding the actual content of the book, I found Mackie’s aggressive approach combined with an admirable respect to be a refreshing mixture in an atheist writer. Brugger – – Theologie Und Philosophie 58 3: Is Imracle Really a Miracle?

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

Arti Narang rated it really liked it Sep 06, Fo in to use this feature. Since Mackie believes in an evolutionary view of morality, and admits that this leads to relativism chapter 14it is hard to see how one will not just adopt a morality based solely on the pragmatic or damaging ‘moral experiences.

Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: