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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Mackie – – Oxford University Press.

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

However, if god has created us with uncontrollable choices, then to control any of our choices would be logically impossible. He definitely, in my humble opinion and I don’t mean that sarcastically, fulfills the stereotype that atheism could not exist without theism.

The Miracle of Theism February 23,In: Bruce Langtry – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66 3: Interestingly, though, the first chapter takes a more down-to-earth approach, looking at miracles and testimony through the arguments of David Hume. Mar 06, Ginger Griffin rated it it theis, amazing. Jul 08, Grasped in Thought rated it really liked it.

Any robust ethical theory will have prescriptive or normative statements that are not just action-guiding, but action-motivating as well. All of his arguments for atheism are completely dependent on arguments for theism. Philosophers and theologians have debated this question for centuries, offering arguments and counter-arguments taking many different forms.

Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. 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. Despite what it says on the back, I doubt that the general reader can follow the thee.


The miracle of theism is not what Mackie is espousing here. Like David Hume, his greatest critical work on religion was published posthumously, following his death in Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: 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.

Mar 09, Tarek Sweedan rated it it was amazing. Das Problem des rein denkbaren Gottes Anselm. Mackie – – Philosophical Review 95 2: The dependence of the argument for design on the ideas that are the core of the cosmological one is greater than Kant realized. Phil Greaney rated it really liked it Dec 29, Oxford University Press Leads me to believe I should avoid philosophy books in future. Mackie claims that god, by any reasonable definition, has power over causal laws.

Josh Parsons – – Inquiry: Chapter nine shifts from theistic arguments to the atheistic argument from evil. Richard Swinburne – – Oxford University Press. Stephen Layman – – Oxford University Press. Want to Read saving…. Letters to Doubting Thomas: Dec 26, Valdemar Pettersson rated it liked it.

Lists with This Book. To others, its survival is a miracle of another sort, a testament only to the continuous credulity and irrationality of humankind. Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: After reading Mackie, I suspect he would distance himself from such characters. The free will defense against evil presupposes that having creatures with free will is a greater good than preventing evil.

It’s a bit dense and academic, but not hard to understand if you’ve taken, say, Philosophy Gaskin – – Philosophical Books 25 1: Yet if this is so, then god has no need to use any means to attain his ends.


In Summation While 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.

As a Christian, I have been tired of the neo-Athiest movement and its caustic rhetoric. Is Theism Really a Miracle? Written in the 80’s, the book still holds its own.

Nov 23, Liya marked it as unfinished. 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.

No keywords specified fix it. Mackie gives a fair treatment of theistic arguments and then provides some very strong objections. The late John L. A Case Against God, but goes into a bit more detail, philosophically speaking. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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He offers polemics, but these are not the same as demonstrations of naturalism philosophically. He is perhaps best known for his views on meta-ethics, especially his defence of moral skepticism.

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