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  1. Vuko Andric & Attila Tanyi (forthcoming). God and Eternal Boredom. Religious Studies:1-20.
    God is thought to be eternal. Does this mean that he is timeless? Or is he, rather, omnitemporal? In this paper we want to show that God cannot be omnitemporal. Our starting point, which we take from Bernard Williams’ article on the Makropulos Case, is the intuition that it is inappropriate for persons not to become bored after a sufficiently long sequence of time has passed. If God were omnitemporal, he would suffer from boredom. But God is the greatest possible (...)
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  2. Andrew M. Bailey (forthcoming). On the Concept of a Spirit. Religious Studies.
    Substance dualism is on the move. Though the view remains unfashionable, a growing and diverse group of philosophers endorse it on impressive empirical, religious, and purely metaphysical grounds. In this note, I develop and evaluate one conceptual argument for substance dualism. According to that argument, we may derive a conclusion about our nature from the mere fact that we have the concept of a spirit. The argument is intriguing and fruitful; but I shall contend that it is, nonetheless, unsound.
     
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    Max Baker-Hytch (forthcoming). Mutual Epistemic Dependence and the Demographic Divine Hiddenness Problem. Religious Studies:1-20.
    In his article ‘Divine hiddenness and the demographics of theism’ (Religious Studies, 42 (2006), 177–191) Stephen Maitzen develops a novel version of the atheistic argument from divine hiddenness according to which the lopsided distribution of theistic belief throughout the world’s populations is much more to be expected given naturalism than given theism. I try to meet Maitzen’s challenge by developing a theistic explanation for this lopsidedness. The explanation I offer appeals to various goods that are intimately connected with the human (...)
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    Joshua Cockayne, David Efird, Daniel Molto, Richard Tamburro & Jack Warman (forthcoming). Non-Evidential Believing and Permissivism About Evidence: A Reply to Dan-Johan Eklund. Religious Studies:1-9.
    In response to John Bishop's (2007) account of passionally caused believing, Dan-Johan Eklund (2014) argues that conscious non-evidential believing is (conceptually) impossible, that is, it's (conceptually) impossible consciously to believe that p whilst acknowledging that the relevant evidence doesn't support p's being true, for it conflicts with belief being a truth-oriented attitude, or so he argues. In this article, we present Eklund's case against Bishop's account of passionally caused believing, and we argue that it's unpersuasive, at least to those who (...)
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    James Elliott (forthcoming). The Power of Humility in Sceptical Religion: Why Ietsism is Preferable to J. L. Schellenberg's Ultimism. Religious Studies:1-20.
    J. L. Schellenberg’s Philosophy of Religion argues for a specific brand of sceptical religion that takes ‘Ultimism’ – the proposition that there is a metaphysically, axiologically, and soteriologically ultimate reality – to be the object to which the sceptical religionist should assent. In this article I shall argue that Ietsism – the proposition that there is merely something transcendental worth committing ourselves to religiously – is a preferable object of assent. This is for two primary reasons. First, Ietsism is far (...)
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    Daniel Howard-Snyder (forthcoming). Panmetaphoricism. Religious Studies:1-25.
    Panmetaphoricism is the view that our speech about God can only be metaphorical. In this essay, I do not assess the reasons that have been given for the view. Rather, I assess the view itself. My aim is to develop the most plausible version of panmetaphoricism in order to gain a clear view of the God it offers for our consideration.
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    Alexander Hyun (forthcoming). The Mystery of Atonement and Swinburne's Reparation Theory. Religious Studies:1-9.
    Traditional Christianity holds that Jesus Christ somehow helps to bring about our salvation. A ‘theory of atonement’ is a theory about how he does this. One influential and elegant theory of atonement is Richard Swinburne's reparation theory. In this article, I contend that this theory fails to satisfy an important condition of adequacy on theories of atonement that has been overlooked in the literature. I first argue that in order to be plausible, a theory of atonement must not imply that (...)
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    Christopher Jay (forthcoming). Testimony, Belief, and Non-Doxastic Faith: The Humean Argument for Religious Fictionalism. Religious Studies:1-15.
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    Ian James Kidd (forthcoming). Beauty, Virtue, and Religious Exemplars. Religious Studies:1-11.
    This paper explores the beauty of religious exemplars Ð those special persons whose conduct and comportment marks their life out as one that exemplifies a religious life. Such exemplars are consistently described as beautiful, but it is not clear how or why. I suggest that we can make sense of the aesthetically aspect of religious exemplarity by adopting a Ôvirtue-centricÕ theory of beauty that understands the beautiful in terms of the expression or manifestation of virtues. Religious exemplars are those who (...)
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    Kirk Lougheed & Robert Mark Simpson (forthcoming). Indirect Epistemic Reasons and Religious Belief. Religious Studies:1-19.
    If believing P will result in epistemically good outcomes, does this generate an epistemic reason to believe P, or just a pragmatic reason? Conceiving of such reasons as epistemic reasons seems to lead to absurdity, e.g. by allowing that someone can rationally hold beliefs that conflict with her assessment of her evidence’s probative force. We explain how this and other intuitively unwelcome results can be avoided. We also suggest a positive case for conceiving of such reasons as epistemic reasons, namely, (...)
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    Richard McDonough (forthcoming). The Gale-Pruss Cosmological Argument: Tractarian and Advaita Hindu Objections. Religious Studies:1-11.
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    Chad A. McIntosh (forthcoming). The God of the Groups. Religious Studies:1-20.
    I argue that Social Trinitarians can and should conceive of God as a group person. They can by drawing on recent theories of group agency realism that show how groups can be not just agents but persons distinct from their members—albeit, I argue, persons of a different kind. They should because the resultant, novel view of the Trinity—that God is three ‘intrinsicist’ persons in one ‘functional’ person—is theologically sound, effectively counters the most trenchant criticisms of Social Trinitarianism, and enjoys independent (...)
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    Anastasia Philippa Scrutton (forthcoming). Why Not Believe in an Evil God? Pragmatic Encroachment and Some Implications for Philosophy of Religion. Religious Studies:1-16.
    Pointing to broad symmetries between the idea that God is omniscient, omnipotent and all-good, and the idea that God is omniscient, omnipotent but all-evil, the evil-God challenge raises the question of why theists should prefer one over the other. I respond to this challenge by drawing on a recent theory in epistemology, pragmatic encroachment, which asserts that practical considerations can alter the epistemic status of beliefs. I then explore some of the implications of my argument for how we do philosophy (...)
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    Chad Vance (forthcoming). Classical Theism and Modal Realism Are Incompatible. Religious Studies:1-12.
    The standard conception of God is that of a necessary being. On a possible worlds semantics, this entails that God exists at every possible world. According to the modal realist account of David Lewis, possible worlds are understood to be real, concrete worlds—no different in kind from the actual world. Some have argued that Lewis’s view is incompatible with classical theism (e.g., Sheehy, 2006). More recently, Ross Cameron (2009) has defended the thesis that Lewisian modal realism and classical theism are (...)
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    Erik J. Wielenberg (forthcoming). Plantingian Theism and the Free-Will Defence. Religious Studies:1-10.
    I advance a challenge to the coherence of Alvin Plantinga’s brand of theism that focuses on Plantinga’s celebrated free-will defence. This challenge draws on (but goes beyond) some ideas advanced by Wes Morriston. The central claim of my challenge is that Plantinga’s free-will defence, together with certain claims that are plausible and/or to which Plantinga is committed, both requires and rules out the claim that it is possible that God is capable of engaging in moral goodness. I then critically evaluate (...)
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    H. E. Baber (forthcoming). Trinity, Generality, and Dominance. Religious Studies:1-15.
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    Stephen R. L. Clark (forthcoming). Late Pagan Alternatives: Plotinus and the Christian Gospel. Religious Studies:1-16.
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    Joshua Cockayne (forthcoming). The Imitation Game: Becoming Imitators of Christ. Religious Studies:1-22.
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    Travis Dumsday (forthcoming). Why the Problem of Evil Undermines the Problem of Divine Hiddenness. Religious Studies:1-20.
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    Emily Kelahan (forthcoming). Another Look at Hume's Treatment of the Argument From Design in the Natural History of Religion. Religious Studies:1-14.
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    Brent G. Kyle (forthcoming). Hiddenness, Holiness, and Impurity. Religious Studies:1-21.
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    David Mcpherson (forthcoming). Roger Scruton The Soul of the World. . Pp. 216. $27.95 . ISBN: 978 0 691 16157 0. Religious Studies:1-4.
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    Simon Oliver (forthcoming). Rowan Williams The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language. . Pp. Xiii + 204. £16.99 . ISBN 9781472910431. Religious Studies:1-4.
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    Campbell Purton (forthcoming). Buddhism, Meditation, and ‘the Inner World’. Religious Studies:1-15.
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    Katherin A. Rogers (forthcoming). Christ's Freedom: Anselm Vs Molina. Religious Studies:1-16.
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    William A. Rottschaefer (forthcoming). Schellenberg's Evolutionary Religion: How Evolutionary and How Religious? Religious Studies:1-22.
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    Kevin W. Sharpe (forthcoming). The Incarnation, Soul-Free: Physicalism, Kind Membership, and the Incarnation. Religious Studies:1-15.
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    Joshua C. Thurow (forthcoming). Atoning in Purgatory. Religious Studies:1-21.
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    Andrew B. Torrance (forthcoming). Can a Person Prepare to Become a Christian? A Kierkegaardian Response. Religious Studies:1-17.
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    Joseph G. Trabbic (forthcoming). A Critique of Heidegger's Critique of Christian Philosophy in the Introduction to Metaphysics. Religious Studies:1-16.
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    Stephen M. Barr (forthcoming). Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. Religious Studies.
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    Stephen R. Bokenkamp (forthcoming). 心不退转 施功日新. Religious Studies.
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    Ed Cottrell (forthcoming). Christian-Muslim Relations Before the Crusades. Religious Studies.
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  34. Steven Engler (forthcoming). Religious Studies in Canada and Brazil: Beyond Normative Pluralism. Religious Studies.
     
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  35. Jorge N. Ferrer & Jacob H. Sherman (forthcoming). The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism. Religious Studies.
     
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    Ira Israel (forthcoming). Parallels in the Philosophies of Advaita Vedanta, Madhyamika Buddhism, and Kabbalah. Religious Studies.
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  37. Ira Israel & Barbara Holdrege (forthcoming). Parallels in the Philosophies of Madhyamika Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta Hinduism, and Kabbalah. Religious Studies.
     
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    Jerker Karlsson (forthcoming). Why Human Virtues Obtain in the Natural World. Religious Studies.
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  39. Mitchell Reddish (forthcoming). Robert Echevarria. Religious Studies.
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  40. A. Sandness (forthcoming). Jessica Dee Martin 200405523 April 6, 2006 Religious Studies: 310. Religious Studies.
     
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