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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Plantinga, Swinburne, and the Analytic Defense of Theism. Mackie is thorough, but not so thorough yheism to make reading his book a job in philosophical thinking. The idea that a single being — even a perfectly theisn one — is able to provide obligations that are both moral and motivating is far from established, yet it is entirely necessary to the moral argument. Furthermore, Mackie was able to give the most charitable interpretation possible to any theistic arguments from Descartes to Kierkegaard.

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. Mackie begins with a definition of god borrowed from Swinburne: The free will defense against evil presupposes that having creatures with free will is a greater good than preventing evil.

Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. Teleological is there as well, but not as well thought out. Be the first to ask a question about The Miracle of Theism. Also, a nice aspect of this book is that it is not limited to metaphyscial arguments, but includes moral and even epistemological arguments.

Philosophers and theologians have debated this question for centuries, offering arguments and counter-arguments taking many different forms.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 11, sam rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is an interesting read for those dedicated to theology, and is the paradigm of literature which theists ought to read in hte to better rebut the arguments of their atheist pals.


John Leslie Mackie was an Australian philosopher, originally from Sydney. Spirituality as a Rhetorical Precondition for Knowledge of God.

The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God by John Leslie Mackie

Mackie, The Miracle of Theism Oxford,p. This review has necessarily been a brief exploration of some of the arguments and ideas in the book that most peaked my interest, but I will very likely be taking up excerpts of it for additional discussion in future articles nackie reviews on this site. To others, its survival is a miracle of another sort, a testament only to the continuous credulity and irrationality of humankind.

Mackiie concludes that although religious experience cannot serve to show the existence of a being possessing any of the traditional attributes of god, neither can any of the alternative naturalistic theories of religion account for all religious experience without committing a genetic fallacy.

Faheem Hussain rated it really liked it Sep 01, Second, while he does bring good arguments against James on religious experience, it is hard to see how his views on morality do not fall prey to the same arguments.

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On the Existence and Relevance of God. Quotes from The Miracle of Th Is Theism Really a Miracle? This creation of supervenient value, as Mackie terms it, is indistinguishable from the creation of supervenient value undertaken by many dictators and monarchs down through human miracld, imposing their own codes of conduct onto their subjects. Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: No keywords specified fix it. Lists with This Book.

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WordPress blog themesKids tablet and Photography themes. Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. Mar 21, Jezier rated it it was amazing. Hume believes, as does Mackie, that no miracle claim has survived such rigorous evaluation. As best as I can see it, it simply means that god has given us reasons to avoid certain actions and to engage in other certain actions, and these reasons are independent of what we want.


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

Find it on Scholar. He definitely, in my humble opinion and I don’t mean that sarcastically, fulfills the stereotype that atheism could not exist without theism. Most theists will surely disagree with this conclusion, but the burden is then miravle them to either meet the standard of evaluation, or show that the standard is an unreasonable a posteriori judge of testimony.

If the reader has some familiarity with modern philosophy it would be helpful but is not necessary. Leads me to believe I should avoid philosophy books in future. 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 mirace provide a proxy.

Azad rated it did not like it Sep 18, An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle. If there is no good grounds to think a perfectly good god exists, there is no reason to accept the moral argument. Hume and the Independent Witnesses. But given that his seems to end on a self-defeating conclusion i. Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

Written in the 80’s, the book still holds its own. God and the Burden of Proof: I found this to be one of the weakest chapters in the book, not because of the defense of subjectivism, but because of all that is conceded to proponents of the moral argument.

This is a good introduction to both atheism and secular humanistic thought. What God Could Have Made. Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: