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  1. Jeffrey Schloss & Michael J. Murray (eds.) (2009/2010). The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press.
    Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections (...)
     
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    Michael J. Murray (2008). Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. Oxford University Press.
    Problems of and explanations for evil -- Neo-cartesianism -- Animal suffering and the fall -- Nobility, flourishing, and immortality : animal pain and animal well-being -- Natural evil, nomic regularity, and animal suffering -- Chaos, order, and evolution -- Combining CDs.
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    Michael J. Murray & Jeffrey Schloss (eds.) (2009/2010). The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press.
    Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections (...)
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    Michael J. Murray (2009). Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief. In Michael J. Murray & Jeffrey Schloss (eds.), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press 168.
    Accession Number: ATLA0001788486; Hosting Book Page Citation: p 168-178.; Language(s): English; Issued by ATLA: 20130825; Publication Type: Essay.
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  5. Michael Murray, Pure Omissions, Responsibility, and Character.
    Many defenders of libertarianism have, in recent years, come to endorse the idea that free agents are rarely able to choose otherwise than they do.1 These libertarians argue that it is often true that the beliefs and desires, or the character of a free agent are sufficient to render numerous possible choice-alternatives ineligible for the agent having them. In fact, they claim, it is frequently the case that beliefs, desires, character, etc. are sufficient to narrow the eligible alternatives to a (...)
     
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  6. Michael Murray (2011). Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. Oxford University Press Uk.
    While the problem of evil remains a perennial challenge to theistic belief, little attention has been paid to the special problem of animal pain and suffering. This absence is especially conspicuous in our Darwinian era when theists are forced to confront the fact that animal pain and suffering has gone on for at least tens of millions of years, through billions of animal generations. Evil of this sort might not be especially problematic if the standard of explanations for evil employed (...)
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    Michael J. Murray (2015). Trent Dougherty, The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (1):137-141.
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  8. Michael J. Murray (2002). Deus absconditus. In Daniel Howard-Snyder & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. Cambridge University Press 63.
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  9. Michael Murray, The God's I Point of View.
    Recent non-representationalists and metaphysical anti-realists have argued that the “Enlightenment notion” of a “God’s eye” point of view of the world is unsustainable. Deployment of conceptual schemes and/or intersubjective assent both constitute the world and fix the truth value of our statements about it. Many theists, on the contrary, hold an equally extreme realist position according to which God has a view of the world as it is “in itself" which provides an exhaustive description of the world. Furthermore, on this (...)
     
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  10. Michael J. Murray (2005). Spontaneity and Freedom in Leibniz. In Donald Rutherford & J. A. Cover (eds.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press 194--216.
     
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  11. Michael J. Murray & Michael C. Rea (2012). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. Cambridge University Press.
    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion provides a broad overview of the topics which are at the forefront of discussion in contemporary philosophy of religion. Prominent views and arguments from both historical and contemporary authors are discussed and analyzed. The book treats all of the central topics in the field, including the coherence of the divine attributes, theistic and atheistic arguments, faith and reason, religion and ethics, miracles, human freedom and divine providence, science and religion, and immortality. In addition (...)
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  12. Michael Murray, Who's Afraid of Religion?
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
     
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    Michael J. Murray (1993). Coercion and the Hiddenness of God. American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (1):27 - 38.
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    Michael J. Murray (2010). The Evolution of Religion: Adaptationist Accounts. In Science and Religion in Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell 437--457.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * I Introduction * II One Preliminary * III Adaptationist Theories * IV Punishment Theories * V Commitment Signaling * VI Group Selection * V Conclusion * Notes * References.
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  15. Michael J. Murray (2009). Coercion and the Hiddennessofgod. In Kevin Timpe (ed.), Arguing About Religion. Routledge 282.
     
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    Michael J. Murray (2010). Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away. In Science and Religion in Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell 472--478.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * Notes * References.
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    Michael Murray (2006). Neo-Cartesianism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. Faith and Philosophy 23 (2):169-190.
    The existence and extent of animal suffering provides grounds for a serious evidential challenge to theism. In the wake of the Darwinian revolution, this strain of natural atheology has taken on substantially greater significance. In this essay we argue that there are at least four neo-Cartesian views on the nature of animal minds which would serve to deflect this evidential challenge.
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  18. Eleonore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.) (1999). Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions. Blackwell Publishers.
     
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    Michael J. Murray (1995). Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):75-108.
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    Michael J. Murray (1994). Ask and It Will Be Given to You: Michael J. Murray and Kurt Meyers. Religious Studies 30 (3):311-330.
    Consider the following situation. It is the first day of school, and the new third-grade students file into the classroom to be shown to their seats for the coming year. As they enter, the third-grade teacher notices one small boy who is particularly unkempt. He looks to be in desperate need of bathing, and his clothes are dirty, torn and tight-fitting. During recess, the teacher pulls aside the boy's previous teacher and asks about his wretched condition. The other teacher informs (...)
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  21. Michael Murray, Four Arguments That the Cognitive Psychology of Religion Undermines the Justification of Religious Belief.
    Over the last decade a handful of cognitive models of religious belief have begun to coalesce in the literature. Attempts to offer “scientific explanations of religious belief ” are nothing new, stretching back at least as far as David Hume, and perhaps as far back as Cicero. What is also not new is a belief that scientific explanations of religious belief serve in some way to undermine the justification for those beliefs.
     
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  22. Michael Murray, Does Prayer Change Things?
    The belief that God responds to prayer is widespread. According to a recent Newsweek survey 87% of Americans said that they believe that God answers prayers. In fact, they believe so heartily in the efficacy of prayer that nearly one third of those polled said that they prayed to God more than once a day. What is even more interesting about this belief among ordinary Americans is that it has been denied by so many theologians. One might think such denials (...)
     
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  23. Michael Murray, Do Objective Ethical Norms Need Theistic Grounding?
    Recent Christian reflection on the relation of religion and ethics has focused a great deal on establishing a conception of ethics in which God plays a central role. The numerous attempts to respond to Plato's "Euthyphro Dilemma" and the various defenses of the divine command theory provide two examples of this phenomenon. But much of this ethical reflection has gone on in a way that is largely “defensive.” That is, those engaged in such discussions typically describe an ethical theory which (...)
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    Michael J. Murray & Kurt Meyers (1994). Ask and It Will Be Given to You. Religious Studies 30 (3):311 - 330.
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    Michael Murray (ed.) (1978). Heidegger and Modern Philosophy: Critical Essays. Yale University Press.
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    Michael J. Murray (2006). Natural Providence: Reply to Dembski. Faith and Philosophy 23 (3):337.
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    Michael J. Murray (2004). Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity. The Leibniz Review 14:1-28.
    The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient (...)
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    Michael J. Murray (2005). Introduction. Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):515-520.
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  29. Michael J. Murray (2008). Theodicy. In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press
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    Michael J. Murray (2003). Natural Providence (Or Design Trouble). Faith and Philosophy 20 (3):307-327.
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    Michael Murray (1996). Intellect, Will, and Freedom. The Leibniz Review 6:25-59.
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    Michael J. Murray (1999). Three Versions of Universalism. Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):55-68.
    In recent years a number of sophisticated versions of soteriological universalism have appeared in the literature. In this essay I offer some critical retlections them. In particular, I argue that universalism offers no explanation for the fact that God puts human creatures through the earthly life, and that if there is no such reason then the earthly life and the evil it contains are both gratuitous. Finally, I argue that universalists are obliged to deny that human beings have a centrally (...)
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    Michael V. Murray (1947). Eclipse of Reason. Modern Schoolman 25 (1):64-66.
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  34. Michael Murray (1999). Heaven and Hell. In Reason for the Hope Within. Eerdmans 289--317.
     
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  35. Michael Murray (1999). ``Three Versions of Universalism&Quot. Faith and Philosophy 16:55--68.
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    Michael Murray (1973). Heidegger and Ryle: Two Versions of Phenomenology. Review of Metaphysics 27 (1):88 - 111.
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    Are Coerced Acts Free & Michael J. Murray (1995). Non-Intentional Actions, DAVID K. CHAN. American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2).
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    Michael J. Murray (2002). The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy. The Leibniz Review 12:103-106.
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    Michael J. Murray (1994). Intellect, Will, and Freedom in Leibniz. The Leibniz Review 4:11-12.
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    Michael Murray, Leibniz on the Problem of Evil. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Michael Murray (1974). A Note on Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Philosophical Review 83 (4):501-503.
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    Michael J. Murray (2000). Critical Review of Cover and Hawthorne on Leibnizian Modality. The Leibniz Review 10:73-86.
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  43. Michael Murray, Seek and You Will Find.
    During the spring of 1983 I began my third semester in college giving serious consideration to the thought of becoming a philosophy major. I had taken a few courses and found the subject intriguing. More influential in my own considerations was the fact that I had recently converted to Christianity and had been encouraged by some early mentors in the faith to read the works of various Christian philosophers both contemporary and classical. One evening that semester I was studying for (...)
     
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    Michael J. Murray & David F. Dudrick (1995). Are Coerced Acts Free? American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2):109 - 123.
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    Michael J. Murray (1994). Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. The Leibniz Review 4:2-5.
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    Michael Murray (1981). Time in Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit". Review of Metaphysics 34 (4):682 - 705.
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    Michael Murray, Philosophy and Christian Theology. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Michael V. Murray (1946). The Tractatus de Praedestinatione Et de Praescientia Dei Et de Futuris Contingentibus of William Ockham. Modern Schoolman 24 (1):55-56.
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    Michael Murray (1985). A Heidegger Critique. International Studies in Philosophy 17 (1):104-106.
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    Michael V. Murray (1950). The “Man” of St. Augustine and St. Thomas. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 24:90-96.
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