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

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an og with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Mackie was a 20th century philosopher best known for his critiques of religion and meta-ethics.

I could be wrong about this, but based on his writing he seems to at least have respect for his theistic academicians. Mackie is thorough, but not so thorough as to make reading his book a job in philosophical thinking.

February 23,In: However, he has also made significant contributions to philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion categorize this paper.

Nov 23, Liya marked it as unfinished. Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion.

Teleological is there as well, but not as well thought out. God, Miracles, and the Universe Mackie begins with a definition of god borrowed from Swinburne: More recently scientists and historians have joined the fray to weigh in on things from their own perspectives. After reading Mackie, I suspect he thhe distance himself from such characters.

Good analysis of Ontological and Cosmological rationales.

On the other hand, if these obligations are independent of our desires and purposes, how are we motivated to observe them? Is Theism Really a Miracle? Alvin Plantinga – – Faith and Philosophy 3 2: The Miracle of Theism: I think that this was an excellent book to read and helpful if you are looking for atheists mackkie have truly thought through atheism and theism and reasoned to atheism.


Mackie is thorough, but not so thorough as to make Mr Mackie does an above average job of introducing arguments for the existence of god.

This is a good introduction to both atheism and secular humanistic thought. His book is in the same genre as Smith’s Atheism: Mar 04, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford.

The Miracle of Theism

Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. Joel rated it it was amazing Jun mircle, 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 and reviews on this site.

Compliments aside, I did find that Mackie doesn’t appear to offer any positive arguments for atheism. This seems an apt description of the monotheistic deity conceived of during the Middle Ages, which served as the focus of theological musings like those of Anselm and Aquinas, whose arguments and beliefs greatly helped to shape what is often called traditional theism. John Mackie is one of the few atheologians whose work is both widely distributed and exceptionally fair, well-written and engaging.

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

The dependence of the argument for design on the ideas that are the core of the cosmological one is greater than Kant realized. Arti Narang rated it really liked it Sep 06, 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.


If there is no good grounds to think a perfectly good god tueism, there is no reason to accept the moral argument. It was a quite good book about the philosophy of religion. Ross – – Ethics 94 4: Sign in Create an account.

Bruce Langtry – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66 3: Rehashes old arguments you should have had in Phil But then this means that the natural features cannot themselves be intrinsically action-guiding. Still, well over two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty mckie examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

The five points 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.

The Miracle of Theism – Paperback – John L. Mackie – Oxford University Press

Mackie, The Miracle of Theism Oxford,p. He offers polemics, but these are not the same as demonstrations of naturalism philosophically. 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. Arif Ahmed – – Mind Dan Baras – – European Journal of Philosophy 26 1: Despite what it says on the back, I doubt that the general theim can follow the discussion.

Hume and the Independent Witnesses.