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  1.  9
    Atheism and Inferential Bias.Kelly James Clark - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):43-56.
    While the cognitive science of religion is well-trodden ground, atheism has been considerably less scrutinized. Recent psychological studies associate atheism with an intellectual virtue, inferentiality. Theism, on the other hand, is associated with an intellectual “vice”, intuitive thinking. While atheism is allied with the attendant claim that atheism is the result of careful rational assessment of the relevant evidence, theism is considered the result of a lack of reflection on the relevant evidence. Atheism, then, is rational, but theism, then, is (...)
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    Intuitions and Arguments: Cognitive Foundations of Argumentation in Natural Theology.Helen De Cruz & Johan De Smedt - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):57-82.
    This paper examines the cognitive foundations of natural theology: the intuitions that provide the raw materials for religious arguments, and the social context in which they are defended or challenged. We show that the premises on which natural theological arguments are based rely on intuitions that emerge early in development, and that underlie our expectations for everyday situations, e.g., about how causation works, or how design is recognized. In spite of the universality of these intuitions, the cogency of natural theological (...)
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    Natural Theology, Evidence, and Epistemic Humility.Trent Dougherty & Brandon Rickabaugh - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):19-42.
    One not infrequently hears rumors that the robust practice of natural theology reeks of epistemic pride. Paul Moser’s is a paradigm of such contempt. In this paper we defend the robust practice of natural theology from the charge of epistemic pride. In taking an essentially Thomistic approach, we argue that the evidence of natural theology should be understood as a species of God’s general self-revelation. Thus, an honest assessment of that evidence need not be prideful, but can be an act (...)
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    Trent Dougherty and Justin P. McBrayer : Skeptical Theism: New Essays. Oxford University Press 2014.Tyron Goldschmidt - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):231-234.
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    "Signs for a People Who Reason": Religious Experience and Natural Theology.Amber Griffioen - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):139-163.
    In this paper, I examine various philosophical approaches to religious experience and natural theology and look at some ways in which the former might be relevant for the latter. I argue that by thinking more about oft-overlooked or -underemphasized understandings of a) what might constitute religious experience and b) what functions natural theology might serve, we can begin to develop a more nuanced approach to natural theological appeals to religious experience — one that makes use of materially mediated religious experience (...)
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    Lutheran Perspective on Natural Theology.Karimies Ilmari - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):119-138.
    This article examines Martin Luther’s view of Natural theology and natural knowledge of God. Luther research has often taken a negative stance towards a possibility of Natural theology in Luther’s thought. I argue, that one actually finds from Luther’s texts a limited area of the natural knowledge of God. This knowledge pertains to the existence of God as necessary and as Creator, but not to what God is concretely. Luther appears to think that the natural knowledge of God is limited (...)
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    Natural Theology in Evolution: A Review of Critiques and Changes. [REVIEW]Kojonen Rope - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):83-117.
    The purpose of this article is to provide a broad overview and analysis of the evolution of natural theology in response to influential critiques raised against it. I identify eight main lines of critique against natural theology, and analyze how the defenders of different types of natural theology differ in their responses to these critiques, leading into several very different forms of natural theology. Based on the amount and quality of discussion that exists, I argue that simply referring to the (...)
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    Is Traditional Natural Theology Cognitively Presumptuous?Paul K. Moser & Clinton Neptune - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):213-222.
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  9. Jean-Luc Marion on the Divine and Taking the "Third Way".Panu-Matti Pöykkoö - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):189-211.
    In this article, I will investigate Jean-Luc Marion’s influential critique of metaphysical and natural theological approaches to the divine which he regards as “idolatrous”, and his own proposal of an “iconic” account of God’s revelation which he calls the “third way”. Marion’s idol-icon distinction, I maintain, developed in his early work “God without Being”, is the guiding thread of Marion’s philosophical project, and the key for an adequate understanding of his own account. While Marion’s account is compelling and has provided (...)
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    Tyron Goldschmidt : The Puzzle of Existence: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? Routledge 2013.Joshua Rasmussen - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):235-240.
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    Hud Hudson: The Fall and Hypertime, Oxford University Press 2014.Jon Robson - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):244-248.
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    Adam Green and Eleonore Stump : Hidden Divinity and Religious Belief: New Perspectives. Cambridge University Press 2016.Tyler M. Taber - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):240-243.
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    Guest Editorial: The Return of Natural Theology.Olli-Pekka Vainio - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2).
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    Natural Theology: A Recent History.Olli-Pekka Vainio - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):1-18.
    This article tells the story of Christian natural theology from the late 18th century to our own time by locating the key moments and thinkers, who have shaped how natural theology has been practiced in the past and how it is now being re-assessed and developed. I will summarize certain key elements that unite all forms of natural theology and assess briefly two basic criticisms of natural theology.
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    A Cosmological Argument Against Physicalism.Mats Wahlberg - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):165-188.
    In this article, I present a Leibnizian cosmological argument to the conclusion that either the totality of physical beings has a non-physical cause, or a necessary being exists. The crucial premise of the argument is a restricted version of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, namely the claim that every contingent physical phenomenon has a sufficient cause (PSR-P). I defend this principle by comparing it with a causal principle that is fundamental for physicalism, namely the Causal Closure of Physics, which says (...)
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  16. Agathological Rationalism and First-Order Religions.Dariusz Łukasiewicz - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):223-229.
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    Theism and Contrastive Explanation.Daniel Came - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):19--26.
    I argue that there could not be grounds on which to introduce God into our ontology. My argument presupposes two doctrines. First, we should allow into our ontology only what figures in the best explanation of an event or fact. Second, explanation is contrastive by nature, in that the explanandum always consists in a contrast between a fact and a foil. I argue that God could not figure in true contrastive explanatory statements, because the omnipotence of God guarantees that for (...)
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    Moral Evil, Privation, and God.W. Matthews Grant - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):125--145.
    On a traditional account, God causes sinful acts and their properties, insofar as they are real, but God does not cause sin, since only the sinner causes the privations in virtue of which such acts are sinful. After explicating this privation solution, I defend it against two objections: (1) that God would cause the sinful act’s privation simply by causing the act and its positive features; and (2) that there is no principled way to deny that God causes the privation (...)
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    Divine Hiddenness and Perfect Love.Jeffrey Jordan - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):187--202.
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    On the Consistency of Pantheism.William Mander - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):1--17.
    Pantheists commonly wish to hold three distinct theses: that God is identical with the universe as a whole, that God is to be found altogether in each part of the universe, and that some features of the universe are more divine than others. However, it might well be complained that these constitute an incompatible set of requirements on any theory. After outlining the three positions in question, this paper considers how successfully the four main species of pantheist metaphysic — the (...)
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    Kevin Timpe: Free Will in Philosophical Theology. Bloomsbury 2014. [REVIEW]Benjamin Matheson - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):212--221.
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  22. Skeptheism: Is Knowledge of God’s Existence Possible?Moti Mizrahi - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):41--64.
    In this paper, I sketch an argument for the view that we cannot know (or have good reasons to believe) that God exists. Some call this view “strong agnosticism” but I prefer the term “skeptheism” in order to clearly distinguish between two distinct epistemic attitudes with respect to the existence of God, namely, agnosticism and skepticism. For the skeptheist, we cannot know (or have good reasons to believe) that God exists, since there can be neither conceptual (a priori) nor empirical (...)
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  23. A Possible-Worlds Solution to the Puzzle of Petitionary Prayer.Ryan Matthew Parker & Bradley Rettler - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):179--186.
    The puzzle of petitionary prayer: if we ask for the best thing, God was already going to do it, and if we ask for something that's not the best, God's not going to grant our request. In this paper, we give a new solution to the puzzle.
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    The Practice of Assertion Under Conditions of Religious Ignorance.Aaron Rizzieri - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):27--39.
    The knowledge and attendant justification norms of belief and assertion serve to regulate our doxastic attitudes towards, and practices of asserting, various propositions. I argue that conforming to these norms under conditions of religious ignorance promotes responsible acts of assertion, epistemic humility, and non–dogmatic doxastic attitudes towards the content of one’s own faith. Such conformity also facilitates the formation of the religious personality in a healthy direction in other ways. I explore these ideas in relation to the Christian faith tradition, (...)
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    An Epistemological Corrective to Doctrines of Assurance.C. Rutledge Jonathan - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):163--177.
    Many Christian traditions affirm a doctrine of assurance. According to this doctrine, those who are saved have assurance of their own salvation; that is, the doctrine of assurance tells us that the elect can know their status as elect. In this paper, I explore two developments of the doctrine of assurance by theologians (i.e. John Calvin & Kenneth Keathley) and argue that they fail to accommodate the fallibilistic nature of human knowing. I then develop a fallibilistic doctrine of assurance, which (...)
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    Miracles and Violations of Laws of Nature.Daniel Saudek - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):109--123.
    The aim of this article is to spell out the relationship between miracles and violations of laws of nature. I argue that the former do not necessarily entail the latter, even in the case of the type of miraculous event which cannot be brought about by natural operations alone. The idea that they do is based on a deterministic assumption which is too often overlooked. The article also explores the reverse implication, i.e. the question whether violations of laws of nature (...)
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    Response to Jordan.John Schellenberg - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):203--207.
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  28. A Better Solution to the General Problem of Creation.W. Skrzypek Jeremy - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):147--162.
    It is often suggested that, since the state of affairs in which God creates a good universe is better than the state of affairs in which He creates nothing, a perfectly good God would have to create that good universe. Making use of recent work by Christine Korgaard on the relational nature of the good, I argue that the state of affairs in which God creates is actually not better, due to the fact that it is not better for anyone (...)
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  29. Aaron Rizzieri: Pragmatic Encroachment, Religious Belief and Practice. Palgrave 2013.Smith Martin - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):221--224.
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    Craig’s Nominalism and the High Cost of Preserving Divine Aseity.R. Scott Smith - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):87--107.
    William Lane Craig rejects Platonism (the view that uncreated abstract objects (AOs) exist) in favor of nominalism because he believes Platonism fatally compromises God’s aseity. For Craig, concrete particulars (including essences) exist, but properties do not. Yet, we use property-talk, following Carnap’s “linguistic frameworks.” There is, however, a high cost to Craig’s view. I survey his views and then explore the importance of essences. But, next, I show that his nominalism undermines them. Thus, we have just interpretations of reality. Worse, (...)
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  31. Robert MacSwain: Solved by Sacrifice: Austin Farrer, Fideism, and the Evidence of Faith. Studies in Philosophical Theology 51. Peeters 2013.Sergio Sorrentino - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):209--212.
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  32. Brian Leiter: Why Tolerate Religion?. Princeton University Press 2013.Jakub Urbaniak - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):224--229.
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    Waiting for Godo... And Godan: Completing Rowe’s Critique of the Ontological Argument.Roslyn Weiss - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):65--86.
    In his critique of Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence, William Rowe introduces the concepts of “magico” and “magican” — defining “magicos” as magicians that do not exist, and “magicans” as magicians that do exist — to help diagnose what may have gone wrong in Anselm’s argument. As I made my way through Rowe’s intriguing article, I found myself waiting for “Godo” — and for “Godan.” I expected Rowe to invoke these counterparts to his “magico” and “magican” — a non-existing (...)
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    Patrick McNamara: The Neuroscience of Religious Experience. Cambridge University Press 2009.Raymond Aaron Younis - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):229--238.
    A critical analysis and evaluation of McNamara's book, "The Neuroscience of Religious Experience".
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