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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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. Arguments For and Against the Existence of God.

Zach Christensen rated it it was amazing May 19, Mackie puts forth, but a lot of the arguments are really good. Now, of course, thsism dictator could motivate people to obey his will by issuing threats of violence, but this would just return us to the question of why such reasons should be considered moral reasons.

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Most theists will surely disagree with this conclusion, but the burden is then on them to either meet the standard of evaluation, or show that the standard is an unreasonable a posteriori judge of testimony. The one problem I had thesim his section on miracles in which he basically re-iterates David Hume’s position.

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Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: Instead of wasting your time reading “God Delusion”, “Letters to the Christian Nation”, “God is maxkie great”, or any of that new Atheist nonesense that is only good for simple-minded Atheists who want an easy argument against obviously horrible formulated arguments for Theism, it is a MUST to read this book theidm find yourself reading critiques against the more rebust or more interesting or eccentric arguments for the existence of God made by Plantinga, Swineburne, and others.

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

Excursions to the Edge of Thought. John Leslie – – Religious Studies 22 In my opinion, The Miracle of Theism tgeism more than deserving of its esteemed reputation, despite a couple of weak areas, and ought to be required reading for philosophy of religion students.

Giving up after pages. I think that this was an excellent book to read and helpful if you are looking for atheists who have truly thought through atheism and theism and reasoned to atheism. No trivia or quizzes yet. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Ivan rated it really theim it Sep 19, Joel rated it it was amazing Jun 11, o The idea that a single being — even a perfectly good 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.


In chapter ten, Mackie covers religious experience with reference to William James, as well as the social and psychological explanations for it offered by Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, and Freud. The Miracle of Theism February 23,In: Mar 09, Tarek Sweedan rated it it was amazing.

While it is true that Mackie does not cover many other arguments, he does cover many of the notable and rebust arguments that Theism has made, and unlike other cheap Atheist books he doesn’t select the more vulnerable arguments, but rather he tackles the well-respected arguments that was made during his time before his unfortunate demise. Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: The Miracle of Theism: Sign in Create an account.

Request removal from index. On the Existence and Relevance of God. Trivia About The Miracle of Th Oxford University Press Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This is probably the best book I’ve read on the topic.