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  1. Graham Oppy, Ill: InterVarsity Press.
    This book is an interesting addition to the anti-evolution literature. (For a nice survey of this literature up until 1992, see Tom McIver's Anti-Evolution: A Reader's Guide to Writings Before and After Darwin Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.) I shall provide a fairly detailed examination of it here, divided into sections according to the table of contents. Those who don't wish to read the whole review should skip to the bits in which they are most interested. Those who only (...)
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  2. Graham Oppy, Review of Reason for the Hope Within (2005). [REVIEW]
    Chapter 1: "Reason for Hope (in the Post-modern World)" by Michael J. Murray Chapter 2: "Theistic Arguments" by William C. Davis Chapter 3: "A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God: The Fine- Tuning Design Argument" by Robin Collins Chapter 4: "God, Evil and Suffering" by Daniel Howard Snyder Chapter 5: "Arguments for Atheism" by John O'Leary Hawthorne Chapter 6: "Faith and Reason" by Caleb Miller Chapter 7: "Religious Pluralism" by Timothy O'Connor Chapter 8: "Eastern Religions" by Robin Collins (...)
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  3. Graham Oppy, Inverse Operations with Transfinite Numbers and the Kalam Cosmological Argument (1995).
    In "Reply To Smith: On The Finitude Of The Past" [1], Professor William Craig writes: I reiterate that Smith has yet to deal with my strongest arguments in favour of the impossibility of the existence of an actual infinite, those based on inverse operations performed with transfinite numbers. [2] I think that this claim is mistaken; for: (i) there is no problem about allowing the inverse operations in question--subtraction, division, extracting roots, etc.--into transfinite ordinal arithmetic[3]; and (ii) there is no (...)
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  4. Graham Oppy, Library: Modern: : Review of R.C. Sproul's Not a Chance. [REVIEW]
    As the chapter headings--and title--reveal, the book is about the role of causation and chance in modern science, and, in particular, in modern cosmology. However, because the book is shot through with serious conceptual confusion, anyone who is interested in actually learning something about the role of causation and chance in modern science is advised to look elsewhere.
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  5. Graham Oppy, Library: Modern: : Review of Andrea Weisberger's Suffering Belief. [REVIEW]
    Perhaps almost all non-theists will agree that ‘the problem of evil’ has some role in their reasons for rejecting traditional Western theism. When they consult their intuitions, non-theists typically do not find it credible to suppose that this is the kind of world which could have been created by an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good being. Moreover, when they review their reasons for non-belief, non-theists typically find that a catalogue of the amounts and kinds of evils which are to be found in (...)
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  6. Graham Oppy, Minimalism, Fiction and Ethical Truth.
    Consider truth predicates. Minimalist analyses of truth predicates may involve commitment to some of the following claims: (i) truth “predicates” are not genuine predicates -- either because the truth “predicate” disappears under paraphrase or translation into deep structure, or because the truth “predicate” is shown to have a non-predicative function by performative or expressivist analysis, or because truth “predicates” must be traded in for predicates of the form “true-in-L”; (ii) truth predicates express ineligible, non-natural, gerrymandered properties; (iii) truth predicates express (...)
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  7. Graham Oppy, Mereological Ontological Arguments and Pantheism (19??).
    The status of premise 1 is controversial: friends of two dimensional modal logic (and others) will be reluctant to grant that the proposition that I exist is both contingent and knowable a priori (even by me). Instead, they will insist that all that I know a priori is that the sentence "I exist" expresses some true proposition or other when I token it. But, of course, even that will suffice for the purposes of the argument. Provided that I know a (...)
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  8. Graham Oppy, Review of Dean L. Overman (1997) a Case Against Accident and Self-Organisation New York: Rowman & Littlefield. [REVIEW]
    To judge from the dust-jacket, this book has received a considerable amount of praise--and not just from the usual suspects. In particular, the publishers seem keen to promulgate the view that there is widespread support for the claim that Overman makes a clear, compelling, and well-argued case for the conclusions which he wishes to defend. However, it seems to me that those cited on the dust-jacket--Pannenberg ("lucid and sobering arguments"), Polkinghorne ("scrupulously argued"), Nicholi ("compelling logic and carefully reasoned argument"), Kaita (...)
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  9. Graham Oppy, Reply to Professor Craig (1995).
    I hold that the considerations adduced in kalam cosmological arguments do not embody reasons for reflective atheists and agnostics to embrace the conclusion of those arguments, viz. that the universe had a cause of its existence. I do not claim to be able to show that reflective theists could not reasonably believe that those arguments are sound; indeed, I am prepared to concede that it is epistemically possible that the arguments procede validly from true premises. However, I am prepared to (...)
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  10. Graham Oppy, Some Emendations to Leftow's Arguments About Time and Eternity (1998).
    At p.23, Leftow argues that, as a matter of physical necessity, no parcel of matter follows a discontinuous spatial path. He then uses this conclusion as a premise in a further argument to the conclusion that no non-theistic scenarios involving contingently existing entities could yield a sure way to gain evidence that a second time series exists. I think that there may be non-theistic scenarios involving contingently existing entities which yield ways of gaining evidence of other time series -- it (...)
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  11. Graham Oppy (ed.) (forthcoming). Acumen Handbook of Philosophy of Religion. Acumen.
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  12. Graham Oppy (forthcoming). Analysis of Existing: Barry Miller's Approach to God, by Kremer, Elmar J. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-1.
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  13. Graham Oppy (ed.) (forthcoming). Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Acumen.
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  14. Graham Oppy (forthcoming). Ontological Arguments. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  15. Graham Oppy (forthcoming). Uncaused Beginnings” Revisited in Advance. Faith and Philosophy.
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  16. Graham Oppy, Nick Trakakis, Steve Gardner, Fiona Leigh & Lynda Burns (eds.) (forthcoming). Companion to Philosophy in Australasia. Monash e-Press.
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  17. Graham Oppy (ed.) (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Routledge.
    Philosophy of religion has experienced a renaissance in recent times, paralleling the resurgence in public debate about the place and value of religion in contemporary Western societies . The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts: theoretical orientations conceptions of divinity epistemology of religious belief metaphysics and religious (...)
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  18. Graham Oppy, Abstract Objects? Who Cares!
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  19. Graham Oppy, Describing Gods: An Investigation of Divine Attributes.
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  20. Graham Oppy, Leftow on God and Necessity.
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  21. Graham Oppy, Reinventing Philosophy of Religion: An Opinionated Introduction.
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  22. Graham Robert Oppy, Nick Trakakis, Lynda Burns, Steven Gardner & Fiona Leigh (eds.) (2014). A Companion to Philosophy in Australia & New Zealand. Monash University Publishing.
  23. Graham Oppy & N. N. Trakakis (2014). Ancient Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 1. Routledge.
    The origins of the Western philosophical tradition lie in the ancient Greco-Roman world. This volume provides a unique insight into the life and writings of a diverse group of philosophers in antiquity and presents the latest thinking on their views on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Beginning with the 'pre-Socratics', the volume then explores the influential contributions made to the Western philosophy of religion by the three towering figures of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The chapters that follow cover (...)
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  24. Graham Oppy & N. N. Trakakis (2014). Medieval Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2. Routledge.
    The Medieval period was one of the richest eras for the philosophical study of religion. Covering the period from the 6th to the 16th century, reaching into the Renaissance, "The History of Western Philosophy of Religion 2" shows how Christian, Islamic and Jewish thinkers explicated and defended their religious faith in light of the philosophical traditions they inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans. The enterprise of 'faith seeking understanding', as it was dubbed by the medievals themselves, emerges as a (...)
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  25. Graham Oppy & N. N. Trakakis (2014). Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 4. Routledge.
    The nineteenth century was a turbulent period in the history of the philosophical scrutiny of religion. Major scholars - such as Hegel, Fichte, Schelling, Newman, Caird and Royce - sought to construct systematic responses to the Enlightenment critiques of religion carried out by Spinoza and Hume. At the same time, new critiques of religion were launched by philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and by scholars engaged in textual criticism, such as Schleiermacher and Dilthey. Over the course of the century, (...)
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  26. Graham Oppy & N. N. Trakakis (eds.) (2014). The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Five Volume Set: V.1 Ancient Philosophy and Religion: V.2 Medieval Philosophy and Religion: V.3 Early Modern Philosophy and Religion: V.4 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Religion: V.5 Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Religion. [REVIEW] Routledge.
    'The History of Western Philosophy of Religion' brings together an international team of over 100 leading scholars to provide authoritative exposition of how history's most important philosophical thinkers - from antiquity to the present day - have sought to analyse the concepts and tenets central to Western religious belief, especially Christianity. Divided chronologically into five volumes, 'The History of Western Philosophy of Religion' is designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, from the scholar looking for original insight (...)
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  27. Graham Oppy & N. N. Trakakis (2014). Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 5. Routledge.
    The twentieth century saw religion challenged by the rise of science and secularism, a confrontation which resulted in an astonishingly diverse range of philosophical views about religion and religious belief. Many of the major philosophers of the twentieth century - James, Bergson, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Heidegger, and Derrida - significantly engaged with religious thought. Idiosyncratic thinkers, such as Whitehead, Levinas and Weil, further contributed to the extraordinary diversity of philosophical investigation of religion across the century. In their turn, leading theologians (...)
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  28. Graham Oppy & Nick Trakakis (eds.) (2014). History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Springer.
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  29. Graham Oppy (2013). Arguments for Atheism. In Stephen Bullivant & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford University Press. 53.
  30. Graham Oppy, Consciousness, Theism, and Naturalism.
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  31. Graham Oppy, Lowe on "The Ontological Argument".
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  32. Graham Oppy, Rowe's Evidential Arguments From Evil.
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  33. Graham Oppy, Truth and God.
  34. Graham Oppy, Ultimate Naturalistic Casual Explanations.
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  35. Graham Robert Oppy (2013). The Best Argument Against God. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Preface -- Introduction -- Preliminary matters -- Some big ideas -- Minimal theism and naturalism -- Standard theism and naturalism -- Conclusion.
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  36. Graham Oppy & Mark Saward (2013). Molinism and Divine Prophecy of Free Actions. Religious Studies:1-10.
    Among challenges to Molinism, the challenge posed by divine prophecy of human free action has received insufficient attention. We argue that this challenge is a significant addition to the array of challenges that confront Molinism.
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  37. Graham Oppy, Arguments for the Existence of God.
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  38. Graham Oppy (2012). Conflicting Worldviews. The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):90-94.
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  39. Graham Oppy, God.
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  40. Graham Oppy (2012). Maydole on Ontological Arguments. In Miroslaw Szatkowski (ed.), Ontological Proofs Today. Ontos Verlag. 445.
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  41. Graham Oppy, Philosophy.
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  42. Graham Oppy, Pruss, Motivational Centrality, and Probabilities Attached to Possibility Premises in Modal Ontological Arguments.
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  43. Graham Oppy (2012). Response to IVIaydOIe. In Miroslaw Szatkowski (ed.), Ontological Proofs Today. Ontos Verlag. 50--487.
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  44. Graham Oppy (2012). Response to Maydole. In Miroslaw Szatkowski (ed.), Ontological Proofs Today. Ontos Verlag. 50--487.
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  45. Graham Oppy (2012). Science, Religion, and Infinity. In The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 430-440.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * Brief History * How We Talk * Science and Infinity * Religion and Infinity * Concluding Remarks * Notes * References * Further Reading.
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  46. Graham Oppy (2012). The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  47. Graham Oppy (2012). Western Philosophy. In Charles Taliaferro, Victoria Harrison & Stewart Goetz (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Theism. Routledge. 11.
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  48. Fred Evans, Allan Gotthelf, James G. Lennox, Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Michael W. Austin, Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis, Graham Oppy, Michael Scott & Roland Pierik (2011). Chalmers, David J. The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2010, 624 Pp. Cliteur, Paul. The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 328 Pp. Cochran, Molly. The Cambridge Companion to Dewey, Cambridge Uni. [REVIEW] Metaphilosophy 42 (3):0026-1068.
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  49. G. Oppy (2011). On Behalf of the Fool. Analysis 71 (2):304-306.
    Anselm: Pegasus, a being whose powers are only given to him by story-tellers and artists, has only those mediated causal powers that they have given to him. … Still, Pegasus has not only the mediated power to fly, but also the mediated power to entertain us and perhaps even inspire us. … However, something than which nothing greater can be conceived would and does have unmediated causal powers.1 Fool: So, on your account, beings that exist in reality have at least (...)
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  50. Graham Oppy, Anselm and the Ontological Argument.
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