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Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God

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"This book addresses philosophers of religion and theologians; it will also interest logicians and mathematicians." Science and Theology News

"I'm often asked to recommend books on philosophy of religion from a skeptical point of view, and Mackie's The Miracle of Theism has been the only thing I could wholeheartedly endorse. Sobel's book would give me a second option. It's the best thing of its kind since Mackie's book, and in many respects, it's better than The Miracle of Theism." Robert C. Koons, University of Texas, Austin

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This is a wide-ranging book about arguments for and against belief in God. The arguments for the belief are analyzed in the first six chapters and include ontological arguments from Anselm through Gödel, the cosmological arguments of Aquinas and Leibniz, and arguments from evidence for design and miracles. The next two chapters consider arguments against belief. The last chapter examines Pascalian arguments for and against belief in God. This book will be a valuable resource for philosophers of religion and theologians and will interest logicians and mathematicians as well.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 674 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521826071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521826075
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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