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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Skeptical Philosophy of Religion
A time-line of the currently relevant skeptical books on the philosophy of religion that, at the time of their publication, became the skeptical book most fruitful to study would begin in 1975 with William Rowe's THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT, if the time-line included both specialized books and comprehensive books. In the interests of brevity and relevance to Sobel's book, a...
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After J. L Mackie's The Miracle of Theism, this is perhaps the best atheist philosophical text out there written in the tonality of current Anglophone philosophy. That said, its arguments are not particularly powerful EXCEPT insofar as the author's definitions of theistic claims (which invariably misrepresent the most vital aspect of those claims, the ontological and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Skeptical Philosophy of Religion, February 26, 2006
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This review is from: Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God (Hardcover)
A time-line of the currently relevant skeptical books on the philosophy of religion that, at the time of their publication, became the skeptical book most fruitful to study would begin in 1975 with William Rowe's THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT, if the time-line included both specialized books and comprehensive books. In the interests of brevity and relevance to Sobel's book, a time-line only of the comprehensive books can be described. In 1982, John Mackie's book, THE MIRACLE OF THEISM, became the comprehensive, skeptical book most fruitful to study. In 1990 Michael Martin's comprehensive book, ATHEISM, took prime of place, followed almost immediately in 1991 by Richard Gale's ON THE EXISTENCE AND NATURE OF GOD. In 2004 a new, comprehensive book became the most important of the current skeptical treatises, Howard Sobel's LOGIC AND THEISM. A reader of this book may justifiably finish it with the belief there is a high probability Sobel's book will retain this position for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, June 18, 2013
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What any analytic philosopher should read (but esp those interested in Phil of religion). Quite an accomplishment and service to the community.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better than most, October 1, 2013
After J. L Mackie's The Miracle of Theism, this is perhaps the best atheist philosophical text out there written in the tonality of current Anglophone philosophy. That said, its arguments are not particularly powerful EXCEPT insofar as the author's definitions of theistic claims (which invariably misrepresent the most vital aspect of those claims, the ontological and modal difference between predications about God and predications about finite things) are left unchallenged. As applied to the actual claims of theistic tradition, these arguments simply fail. Do philosophy of religion types ever read the classical traditions carefully, or do they only read other philosophy of religion types?
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Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God by Jordan Howard Sobel (Hardcover - November 10, 2003)
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