- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (June 8, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415263328
- ISBN-13: 978-0415263320
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 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: #600,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rationality of Theism
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' ... the overall tone of the book is one of confidence, perhaps best expressed by Koons, who writes that the evidence for theism has never been so clear and strong as it is now. This book is an excellent introduction to the arguments that give rise to that confidence.' - Religious Studies
About the Author
Paul K. Moser is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of The Severity of God: Religion and Philosophy Reconceived; The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined; The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology; Philosophy after Objectivity; and Knowledge and Evidence. He is co-editor of Divine Hiddenness and The Rationality of Theism, editor of Jesus and Philosophy and Rationality in Action, general editor of the book series Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy, and the past Editor of the journal American Philosophical Quarterly.
Top Customer Reviews
In my opinion, the strongest and/or most unique contributions in this book were the essays by Geivett on religious epistemology, Davis on ontological arguments, and Moser on the hiddenness of God.Read more ›
While no critique can cover everything, the chapters did typically either suffer from poor argumentation, or lack of depth. For example, Robert Koons argues for the concordance of science and theism, even going so far as to say that Christian theism made science possible. He ignores substantial Greek and Roman advancements in science. Moreover, there is not a single mention of the Christian Dark ages, where progress in science halted for centuries.
In the chapter on the teleological argument, Author Robin Collins relies on the "prime principle of confirmation," which states that "whenever we are considering two competing hypotheses, an observation counts as evidence in favor of the hypothesis under which the observation has the highest probability" (p. 136). Unfortunately, by Collins' logic, this means that if I win the lottery, this is strong evidence in favor of the hypothesis that magic gnomes love and favor me, and have the power to make me win the lottery. Obviously, other considerations, like simplicity and prior probability are also necessary to find a reasonable hypothesis. While Collins is aware of this limitation, it is fair to say that as presented, Collins' chapter lacks the depth needed to make a strong argument for theism.Read more ›