What God Would Have Known...
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2d ago
 ...is the title of J.L. Schellenberg's forthcoming book, which offers a large number of novel arguments against Christian theism. I've read the manuscript, and as one would expect from Schellenberg, it's clear, tightly argued, and compelling. Required reading! Exapologist ..read more
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Review of Van Leeuwen's Religion as Make-Believe
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2d ago
 Eric Schwitzgebel reviews the book for NDPR. Exapologist ..read more
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New Paper on the Evidential Challenge of Petitionary Prayer
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Oren N. The evidential challenge for petitionary prayer. Religious Studies. Published online 2024:1-18. doi:10.1017/S0034412524000209. Abstract: In the past decade, philosophers have devoted a great deal of attention to the practice of petitionary prayer. Philosophical inquiries have posed a priori problems – issues that arise from an analytical investigation of the concept of God, the concept of petitionary prayer, and the relationship between the two. Taking a different direction, this article shifts the focus from possibility to actuality. Accordingly, this article does not deal with the qu ..read more
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New Book on the Ontology of Divinity
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1M ago
Miroslaw Szatkowski's new book, Ontology of Divinity (De Gruyter, 2024) is now out. It's a massive volume (818 pages), containing 35 newly-commissioned chapters by 38 contributors (including yours truly). Kudos to Miroslaw and all of the contributors for their excellent work. Happy reading! Exapologist ..read more
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Robert M. Adams (1937-2024)
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1M ago
 Robert M. Adams, a seminal figure in philosophy of religion, has passed. Details here. Adams was a good man. I recall fondly when he and his wife, the late Marylin McCord Adams, visited our department when I was a graduate student. Robert Adams' seminal defense of divine command meta-ethics, Finite and Infinite Goods, had just come out, and I was taking John Martin Fischer's graduate seminar that was devoted to studying and evaluating the book. Robert and Marylin attended the seminar while they visiting, and Robert was gracious in answering some hard-hitting objections.  Exapologist ..read more
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Quinone's New Argument Against Perfect Being Theism
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1M ago
Resto Quiñones, J. Incompatible and incomparable perfections: a new argument against perfect being theism. Int J Philos Relig (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11153-024-09910-8. Abstract: Perfect being theism is the view that the perfect being exists and the property being-perfect is the property being-God. According to the strong analysis of perfection, a being is perfect just in case it exemplifies all perfections. On the other hand, the weak analysis of perfection says that a being is perfect just in case it exemplifies the best possible combination of compatible perfections. Strong perfect ..read more
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Li & Saad's New Critique of the Multiverse Theodicy
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 Li, H. & Saad, B., (2024) “The Multiverse Theodicy Meets Population Ethics”, Ergo an Open Access Journal of Philosophy 10: 56. doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/ergo.5193 Abstract: The multiverse theodicy proposes to reconcile the existence of God and evil by supposing that God created all and only the creation-worthy universes and that some universes like ours are, despite their evils, creation-worthy. Drawing on work in population ethics, this paper develops a novel challenge to the multiverse theodicy. Roughly, the challenge contends that the axiological underpinnings o ..read more
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Ricki Bliss's Cambridge Element on Grounding, Fundamentality, and Ultimate Explanations
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2M ago
 ...is now out, and available for free download for a limited time. Required reading. Exapologist ..read more
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Schmid's Excellent New Paper on the Kalam Cosmological Argument
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5M ago
Schmid, Joseph C. "Benardete paradoxes, patchwork principles, and the infinite past", Synthese, forthcoming. Abstract: Benardete paradoxes involve a beginningless set each member of which satisfies some predicate just in case no earlier member satisfies it. Such paradoxes have been wielded on behalf of arguments for the impossibility of an infinite past. These arguments often deploy patchwork principles in support of their key linking premise. Here I argue that patchwork principles fail to justify this key premise. Happy reading! Exapologist ..read more
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Launonen's Nice Forthcoming Paper Critiquing the Evidential Force of Everyday Religious Experiences
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Launonen, Lari. "Hearing God speak? Debunking arguments and everyday religious experiences", International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, forthcoming. Abstract: Against claims that cognitive science of religion undercuts belief in God, many defenders of theistic belief have invoked the Religious Reasons Reply: science cannot undercut belief in God if one has good independent reasons to believe. However, it is unclear whether this response helps salvage the god beliefs of most people. This paper considers four questions: (1) What reasons do Christians have for believing in God? (2 ..read more
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