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The Best of Skeptical Philosophy of Religion,
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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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Initial post: Nov 17, 2014 5:36:14 PM PST
Mark D. Thomas says:
Nah. The Miracle of Theism is still better.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2015 11:10:38 PM PST
Thomas Llewellyn says:
I think you have listed all of the important skeptical philosophy of religion books at the time of your post. Since then one must give pride of place to the several works by Graham Oppy, in my opinion our current greatest scholar in this area. One of my favorites remains Wallace Matson's The Existence of God (1965), which is extremely lucid, critical, and downright fun to read.
Posted on Jan 17, 2016 2:27:36 PM PST
Wayne E. Stahre says:
Neither this review, nor the two comments about it were of any use with respect to this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2016 5:37:49 PM PST
Thomas Llewellyn says:
Your comment is certainly not helpful. Please enlighten us with your criteria of usefulness in moving forward in this important area of philosophy. Or do you think that philosophy has no role to play in the Western intellectual tradition?
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