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Philosophy of Religion 11: Which problem of evil?

So where have we got up to, reading through Michael Murray and Michael Rea’s Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion? Ah, the problem of evil. But which problem of evil? To start with, there’s the particular problem for those whose … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 10: Anti-theistic arguments

Where have we got to, then, a bit over half way through Murray and Rea’s An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion? Religious belief has been tied (I’d say pretty misguidedly) to “perfect being” theology. Murray and Rea have a … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 9: Theistic arguments

Chapter 5 of the Murray/Rea Introduction is called “Theistic arguments”. They start off — perhaps rather too predictably — by considering at length the tricksy argument which philosophy of religion courses seem to get obsessed with, but which (at least … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 8: Pluralism

No. I’m not giving up my day job. A new logic book project is under way and taking nearly all my attention. When I’m more confident that it is “taking off” and going places, I’ll say more about it here: … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion (an aside)

Luca Incurvati has just drawn my attention to this metaphysical speculation on the incarnation. Of course, the question whether you should be a counterpart theorist takes us into a whole different ballgame!

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Philosophy of Religion 7: Religious experience

I’m finding myself blogging about the Murray/Rea book in more detail than I ever intended: and having got into my stride, I really ought to go back to say more about the first chapter about which I have so far … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 6: Faith

Onwards! Chapter 4 of the Murray/Rea Introduction is entitled ‘Faith and Rationality’. There’s quite a bit in this chapter. I don’t have faith in any of it. Let’s start with faith itself. They are interested in faith in that sense … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 5: Incarnation

The concluding part of Chapter 3 of Michael Murray and Michael Rea’s An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion concerns the incarnation. Just two very quick comments on these pages, one on how the authors approach the issue, and one … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 4: Lord, Liar, Lunatic

Pp. 75–80 of the Murray/Rea Introduction contain a rather extraordinary episode which I can’t forbear from commenting on. They consider the following argument — they call it the “Lord-Liar-Lunatic” argument — for believing the Jesus of Nazereth was divine. Jesus … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 3: The Trinity

The first part of the Murray/Rea book, ‘The Nature of God’, has a couple of chapters on God’s attributes which I’ve just said just a bit about: and now there’s a chapter on more specifically Christian characterizations of God. I’ll … Continue reading

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