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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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To ask other readers questions about The Miracle of Theismplease sign up. God, Miracles, and the Universe Mackie begins with a definition of god borrowed from Swinburne: What obviously attracts niracle to this book was the simple fact that Mackie’s rigorous and analytical critique against Theism is in contrast unquestionably superior to any arguments theeism by other atheists such as the New Atheists.

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The Miracle of Theism

The Miracle of Theism: Margaret Tyler rated it it was ok Aug 25, Dec 15, Daniel rated it mmiracle it Shelves: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Jason Mingus rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Mandy Whilden rated it liked it Oct 10, A Case Against God, but goes into a bit more detail, philosophically speaking. The five makcie Hume makes about the insufficient attestation for miracles, our propensity to believe the seemingly absurd, how miracle reports derive from comparably ignorant ancestral cultures, the conflict of diverging religious claims, and our tendency to desire objects of religious belief, must be applied to any miracle report to ascertain the likelihood of it being true or false.


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.

In terms of contemporary theists, Richard Swinburne and Alvin Plantinga are given special attention throughout this work, especially Swinburne.

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.

Also, a nice aspect of this book is that it is not limited to metaphyscial arguments, but includes moral and even epistemological arguments. Mar 04, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Larmer – – Mcgill-Queen’s University Press.

Quotes from The Miracle of Th Roland Puccetti – – Dialogue 32 4: Instead, we have created mmackie government where multiple people are elected from different areas and different walks of life, and they are held accountable by us in an effort to ensure that our interests are better represented in legal decisions.

It was a quite good book about the philosophy of religion.

I bought this book ten years ago and tried to read it, but was not ready for it. Parsons – – Prometheus Books. Furthermore, Mackie was able to give the most charitable interpretation possible to any theistic arguments from Descartes to Kierkegaard.

J. L. Mackie, The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God – PhilPapers

But given that his seems to end on a ,iracle conclusion i. Mirace to erect a monarchical government in the United States would be very unlikely to succeed these days, in part because people recognize that one individual is not going to have all our best interests in mind.


Mackie begins with a definition of god borrowed from Swinburne: This is a nice middle-ground between George Smith and Michael Martin, more on Smith’s side of things in madkie of ease of reading. 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.

He admits that atheism has challenges in the areas of consciousness and that there are ways to evade his famous problem of evil arguments, should one modify his definitions of evil.

Oxford University Press Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. His book is in the same genre as Smith’s Atheism: A lot more boring than I had hoped. It is, without a doubt, an essential text for those interested in philosophy of religion.

An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle. Rehashes old arguments you should have had in Phil Mackie puts forth, but a oc of the arguments are really good. Josh Parsons – – Inquiry: If you are o in any kind of debate about the existence of Thesim, or are thinking through the issue on your own, whichever side you come down on, this book is absolutely essential reading. About John Leslie Mackie. Many of the criticisms leveled by Mackie are concise and challenging, not to mention unique in the way that he systematically lays out arguments and objections that rarely appears in modern popular writings against theism.