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  1. Sacred Music, Religious Desire and Knowledge of God: The Music of Our Human Longing.Julian Perlmutter - 2020 - London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Many people find sacred choral music profound and deeply evocative, even in societies that seem to be turning away from religious belief. In this book, Julian Perlmutter examines how, in light of its wide appeal, sacred music can have religious significance for people regardless of their religious convictions. -/- By differentiating between doctrinal belief and the desire for God, Perlmutter explores a longing for the spiritual that is compatible with both belief and 'interested non-belief'. He describes how sacred music can (...)
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  2. Antitheodicy and the Grading of Theodicies by Moral Offensiveness.James Franklin - 2020 - Sophia 59 (3):563-576.
    Antitheodicy objects to all attempts to solve the problem of evil. Its objections are almost all on moral grounds—it argues that the whole project of theodicy is morally offensive. Trying to excuse God’s permission of evil is said to deny the reality of evil, to exhibit gross insensitivity to suffering, and to insult the victims of grave evils. Since antitheodicists urge the avoidance of theodicies for moral reasons, it is desirable to evaluate the moral reasons against theodicies in abstraction from (...)
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  3. Plantinga and the Balkanization of Reason.Patrick J. Casey - 2020 - Philosophia Christi 22 (1):123-141.
    In this paper, I argue that Plantinga maintains it is possible to come to know that Christianity is true, but only from the inside. Further, since Plantinga argues that one’s judgments about the epistemic status of Christian belief depend upon one’s prephilosophical metaphysical views, his position amounts to the claim that the Christian community has privileged access to truth and that non-Christians are ill-equipped to evaluate their beliefs. The upshot of Plantinga’s position is, I suggest, that people from different communities (...)
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  4. Divine Hiddenness and the Suffering Unbeliever Argument.Roberto Di Ceglie - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2):211-235.
    In this essay, I propose two arguments from Thomas Aquinas’s reflection on theism and faith to rebut Schellenberg’s claim that divine hiddenness justifies atheism. One of those arguments, however, may be employed so as to re-propose Schellenberg’s conviction, which is crucial to his argument, that there are ‘non-resistant’ or ‘inculpable’ unbelievers. I then advance what I call the suffering unbeliever argument. In short, the unbelievers mentioned by Schellenberg are expected to suffer because of their non-belief, which—as Schellenberg says—prevents them from (...)
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  5. The Void of God, or The Paradox of the Pious Atheism: From Scholem to Derrida.Agata Bielik-Robson - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2):109-132.
    My essay will take as its point of departure the paragraph from Gershom Scholem’s “Reflections on Jewish Theology,” in which he depicts the modern religious experience as the one of the "void of God" or as "pious atheism". I will first argue that the "void of God" cannot be reduced to atheistic non-belief in the presence of God. Then, I will demonstrate the further development of the Scholemian notion of the ‘pious atheism’ in Derrida, especially in his Lurianic treatment of (...)
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  6. Revelation Through Concealment: Kabbalistic Responses to God’s Hiddenness.Samuel Lebens - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2):89-108.
    John Schellenberg presents an argument for atheism according to which theism would be easy to believe, if true. Since theism isn’t easy to believe, it must be false. In this paper, I argue that Kabbalistic Judaism has the resources to bypass this argument completely. The paper also explores a stream of Kabbalistic advice that the tradition offers to people of faith for those times at which God appears to us to be hidden.
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  7. Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation: Uncovering the Secret Sympathy. By Liam Jerrold Fraser. Pp. X, 269, Cambridge/NY, Cambridge University Press, 2018, £75.00. [REVIEW]Patrick Madigan - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (4):715-716.
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  8. Moral Strangers as Co-Laborers in the Fields of Justice.Rico Vitz - 2020 - In Kevin Vallier & Josh Rasmussen (eds.), A New Theist Response to the New Atheists. London, UK:
    In this chapter, I attempt to do three things in the hope of making some progress toward fostering greater collaboration between contemporary atheists and traditional Christians in addressing contentious moral problems. First, I argue that there is little hope, in our current cultural climate, that contemporary atheists and traditional Christians can come to consensus on principles that will help us resolve our differences regarding contemporary hot-button social issues. Second, I argue that despite this fact, contemporary atheists and traditional Christians can (...)
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  9. Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind. By Joshua May. Pp. Ix, 264, Oxford University Press, 2018, £45.00. [REVIEW]Agneta Sutton - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (2):359-359.
    he burgeoning science of ethics has produced a trend toward pessimism. Ordinary moral thought and action, we're told, are profoundly influenced by arbitrary factors and ultimately driven by unreasoned feelings. This book counters the current orthodoxy on its own terms by carefully engaging with the empirical literature. The resulting view, optimistic rationalism, shows the pervasive role played by reason our moral minds, and ultimately defuses sweeping debunking arguments in ethics. The science does suggest that moral knowledge and virtue don't come (...)
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  10. Atheism and Agnosticism.Paul Draper - 2017 - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  11. The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and ReasonVictor Stenger Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2009; 282 Pp.; $19.00 ISBN 978-1-59102-751-5. [REVIEW]George Williamson - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (3):505-508.
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  12. Believing the Self-Contradictory.Fabien Schang - 2011 - In Dariusz Lukasiewicz & Roger Pouivet (eds.), The Right to Believe: Perspectives in Religious Epistemology. pp. 127-140.
    An argument for the rationality of religious belief in the existence of God is defended. After reviewing three preconditions for rational belief, I show reasons to privilege the criterion of consistency. Taking the inconsistency of the religious belief in God and the belief in the scientific world picture as the impediment to a rational belief in God, I propose that we can overcome this objection by assuming, firstly, that God is a universal class. This allows us to put the problem (...)
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  13. Desiring God Implicitly: ‘Worldly Union Desires’ and Openness to God.Julian Perlmutter - 2018 - Religious Studies 1:1-10.
    ‘Interested non-belief’ in God is now a common attitude, and one religious outlook such non-believers should take seriously is the Christian contemplative tradition. Drawing on C. S. Lewis, I identify the familiar phenomenon of ‘worldly union desire’: elicited by worldly things, and aimed at union with some beauty or goodness therein. I examine specifically Thomas Merton's contemplative outlook, arguing that by his lights worldly union desires manifest a desire for God and aid spiritual openness. Merton's picture extends any purely secular (...)
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  14. The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. By Alister E. McGrath. Pp. Xii, 306, London, Rider, 2004, $39.95. The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue. By Robert B. Stewart. Pp. Xvii, 212, Lond. [REVIEW]Bradford McCall - 2014 - Heythrop Journal 55 (1):146-147.
  15. Religious Fictionalism.Michael Scott & Finlay Malcolm - 2018 - Philosophy Compass 13 (3):1-11.
    Religious fictionalism is the theory that it is morally and intellectually legitimate to affirm religious sentences and to engage in public and private religious practices, without believing the content of religious claims. This article discusses the main features of fictionalism, contrasts hermeneutic, and revolutionary kinds of fictionalism and explores possible historical and recent examples of religious fictionalism. Such examples are found in recent theories of faith, pragmatic approaches to religion, and mystical traditions in religious theology.
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  16. The Reality of God and Religion and Agnosticism.Roy Spurlock - unknown
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  17. The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason. [REVIEW]George Williamson - 2010 - Dialogue 49 (3):505-508.
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  18. The God Delusion. By Richard Dawkins: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Peter Milward - 2008 - Heythrop Journal 49 (4):696-700.
  19. Necessary agnosticism?Robert McLaughlin - 1984 - Analysis 44 (4):198.
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  20. Agnosticism.Thomas V. Morris - 1985 - Analysis 45 (4):219.
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  21. Is Atheism a ‘Faith’ Position? A Reply to Brendon Larvor and Marilyn Mason: Watson Is Atheism a Faith Position.Brenda Watson - 2006 - Think 4 (12):43-48.
    The on-going debate over religious eduction in schools takes a new turn, with Brenda Watson arguing that atheism is just as much a ‘faith position’ as theism.
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  22. The Possibility of Agnosticism: Russell’s Retreat From Atheism.Michael D. Garral - 2012 - International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (3):355-371.
    Russell espouses atheism; indeed he regards it as the default. However, he also lays claim to agnosticism, backing into it by way of the argument from ignorance. This essay asserts that in light of how he frames the relationship between atheism and agnosticism, the latter is not the available alternative that he and his assessors assume it is—not because its stance is indefensible, but because of what, given his point of origin, he has to hold in order for it to (...)
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  23. Atheism, Religion and Enlightenment in Pre‐Revolutionary Europe. By Mark Curran. Pp. Viii, 218, Woodbridge, The Royal Historical Society/The Boydell Press, 2012, £50.00. [REVIEW]Jan Marten Ivo Klaver - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (3):518-519.
  24. Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism. By Thomas Holden. Pp. Xvi, 246, Oxford University Press, 2010, £35.00. [REVIEW]Patrick Madigan - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (2):331-332.
  25. Intentionality and Atheism: Sartre and Maritain.Frederick J. Crosson - 1987 - Modern Schoolman 64 (3):151-160.
  26. Atheism & Theism. [REVIEW]Martin Perlmutter - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (3):609-609.
    The latest volume in the Great Debate in Philosophy series has Smart and Haldane defending the virtues of atheism and theism, respectively. In keeping with the format of this series, each author presents an original essay defending his views, then responds to the other’s views. Additionally, in this volume, Smart and Haldane jointly write a helpful introduction to begin the volume, an insightful afterword to conclude it, and a useful bibliography with which the reader can pursue issues raised in their (...)
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  27. Atheism & Theism.J. J. C. SMART - 1996
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  28. Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology.Richard Swinburne - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (2):337.
  29. Naturalism and Agnosticism. Second Edition.H. N. Gardiner & James Ward - 1904 - Philosophical Review 13 (4):478.
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  30. Naturalism and Agnosticism.E. Ritchie - 1900 - Philosophical Review 9 (1):70.
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  31. Atheism and Theism.Hugh J. McCann, J. J. C. Smart & J. J. Haldane - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (3):462.
    In this volume, the sixth in Blackwell's Great Debates in Philosophy series, Smart and Haldane discuss the case for and against religious belief. The debate is unusual in beginning with the negative side. After a short jointly authored introduction, there is a fairly extended presentation of the atheist position by Smart. Haldane then offers an equally extended defense of theism. The authors respond to one another in the same order, and the book concludes with a brief co-authored treatment of antirealism, (...)
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  32. Atheism for Dummies [Book Review].S. N. Stuart - forthcoming - Australian Humanist, The 122:22.
    Stuart, SN Review of: Atheism for dummies, by Dale McGowan, John Wiley, 2013,.
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  33. “Scientific Atheism” in Action.Svetlana M. Klimova & Elena S. Molostova - 2013 - Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 18 (2):169-190.
  34. Contemporary Atheism and the Religious Mind.Gabriel Marcel - 1960 - Philosophy Today 4 (4):252-262.
  35. The Presumption of Atheism.Antony Flew - 1972 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2 (1):29-46.
    At the beginning of Book X of his last work The Laws Plato turns his attention from violent and outrageous actions in general to the particular case of undisciplined and presumptuous behaviour in matters of religion: “We have already stated summarily what the punishment should be for temple-robbing, whether by open force or secretly. But the punishments for the various sorts of insolence in speech or action with regard to the gods, which a man can show in word or deed, (...)
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  36. Thomism and Atheism.James V. Schall - 2011 - New Blackfriars 92 (1041):565-573.
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  37. Schillebeeckx's Soteriological Agnosticism.Peter Phillips - 1997 - New Blackfriars 78 (912):76-84.
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  38. Ritual and Agnosticism.Roger Grainger - 1984 - New Blackfriars 65 (764):63-68.
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  39. What is Wrong with God? Some Thoughts About Modern Atheism.Th M. Steeman - 1966 - New Blackfriars 47 (554):508-524.
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  40. Kant's Agnosticism.D. M. MacKinnon - 1947 - New Blackfriars 28 (327):256-263.
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  41. Agnosticism.Elizabeth Belloc - 1931 - New Blackfriars 12 (131):91-91.
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  42. Bernard Lightman. The Origins of Agnosticism. Victorian Unbelief and the Limits of Knowledge. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, Pp. X and 249. ISBN 0-8018-3375-2. £20.95. [REVIEW]Richard Yeo - 1988 - British Journal for the History of Science 21 (2):263-264.
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  43. A Godless Jew: Freud, Atheism, and the Making of Psychoanalysis. Peter Gay.Thomas Parisi - 1988 - Isis 79 (3):520-521.
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  44. Agnosticism.John Grier Hibben - 1903 - Psychological Review 10 (5):565-568.
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  45. Naturalism and Agnosticism.R. M. Wenley - 1901 - Psychological Review 8 (3):295-299.
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  46. Agnosticism and Religion.No Authorship Indicated - 1897 - Psychological Review 4 (2):192-192.
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  47. The Antinomies of Aggressive Atheism.Lawrence Wilde - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3):266-283.
    The spate of popular books attacking religion can be seen as a manifestation of the recoil against the idea of multiculturalism. Religious identities are also cultural identities, and no meaningful form of multiculturalism is possible that leaves religion outside the sphere of public recognition. This paper argues that ‘aggressive atheism’ undermines its appeal to reason by refusing to see anything of value in religion. It also risks exacerbating cultural differences at a time when reconciliation is needed. The critique focuses on (...)
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  48. Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate About Atheism and Theism.Michael Peterson & Michael Ruse - 2016 - Oxford University Press USA.
    The science-religion debate is a hot topic in academic circles and contemporary culture, and evolution makes the subject particularly contentious. Does modern science tip the scales toward atheism? Or does religion have resources to support its credibility and relevance? And how does evolution influence both worldviews?Comprehensive, balanced, and engaging, Science, Evolution, and Religion provides a dynamic yet respectful introduction to the science-religion debate, framed as a conflict between theism and atheism and structured around the impact of evolution on both perspectives. (...)
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  49. Dawkins’ Godless Delusion.J. Angelo Corlett - 2009 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (3):125-138.
    A philosophical assessment of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, exposing some errors of reasoning that undermine part of the foundation of his atheism. Distinctions between theism, atheism and agnosticism are also provided and explored for their significance to Dawkins' argument.
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  50. The Role of Atheism in Marxian Philosophy.Russel P. Moroziuk - 1974 - Studies in Soviet Thought 14 (3-4):191-212.
    Careful examination of Marx's classical loci on religion and atheism shows that his atheistic views are coterminous with a humanism, the range of which had to be worked out through a total critique of society and all its institutions.
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