The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. The Miracle of Theism By J. L. Mackie Clarendon Press, , Pp., £, £ . The late John L. Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. The Miracle of Theism. Arguments For and Against the Existence of God. John L. Mackie. Publication Date – January ISBN: pages.

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Stephen Layman – – Oxford University Press. Any robust ethical theory will have prescriptive or normative statements that are not just action-guiding, but action-motivating as well. What does it mean to suggest that god has given us obligations that are intrinsically action-guiding? Finitism and the Beginning of the Universe. As an atheist, I have read many critiques of the cosmological, ontological, teleological, moral and argument from evil; however, they appear superficial in light of reading an entire chapter on the ontological argument alone.

Dec 26, Valdemar Pettersson rated it liked it. There are lots of great books on the lack of belief in a God or gods, but this one really stands out. This is one of the most admirable literature of philosophy of religion that J.

This is probably the best book I’ve read on the topic. Mackie – – Philosophical Review 95 2: As a Christian, I have been jiracle of the neo-Athiest movement and its caustic rhetoric.


Mackie is a superstar in the field of philosophy of religion.

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Start reading The Miracle of Theism on your Kindle in under a minute. Second, while he does lf 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. But then this means that the natural features cannot themselves be intrinsically action-guiding.

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

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In order to really appreciate Mackie’s thought, as well as his mistakes, one must have extensive knowledge of the history of theology and philosophy with some chapters being exempt from this observation i.

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Write a customer review. This is not an easy read, by any measure — unless, of course, you are a philosopher by trade or are accustomed to wading through dense philosophical material and deciphering the language of complex reasoning. The miracle of theism: Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. Monica Nicholas rated it really liked it Apr 29, All of his arguments for atheism are completely dependent on arguments for theism. Meaning, that he doesn’t seem to have any chapter that argues for naturalism as such.