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  1.  35
    Religious Experience and the Probability of Theism: Comments on Swinburne.Christoph Jäger - 2017 - Religious Studies 2017 (3):353-370.
    I discuss Richard Swinburne’s account of religious experience in his probabilistic case for theism. I argue, pace Swinburne, that even if cosmological considerations render theism not too improbable, religious experience does not render it more probable than not.
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  2. On the Concept of a Spirit.Andrew M. Bailey - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):449-457.
    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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    Why Islamic ‘Traditionalists’ and ‘Rationalists’ Both Ought to Accept Rational Objectivism.Baldwin Erik - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):467-477.
    Islamic ‘Traditionalists’ and ‘Rationalists’ have much in common. They agree that the Qur’an is divine revelation and acknowledge the authority of the Sunna, accept the value of logical reasoning and argumentation, recognizing the validity of basic logical principles and laws, and affirm that basic empirical and historical facts ought to be taken into consideration when interpreting the Qur’an. They disagree in that Rationalists accept but Traditionalists deny that human reason can discern objective moral truths independent of divine revelation. I present (...)
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    The ‘Harder Problem’ of the Devil's Fall is Still a Problem: A Reply to Wood.Michael Barnwell - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):521-543.
    William Wood has importantly distinguished between a ‘hard problem’ and a ‘harder problem’ in explaining the devil's fall. He points out that previous attempts to explain Satan's sin have focused only on the former and cleverly argues that consumer preference theory, when applied to Anselm's account of Satan's sin, can solve the latter. In this article, I demonstrate that Wood's solution (i) undermines itself, (ii) fails to absolve God of the charge of being tyrannical, (iii) surreptitiously reintroduces the harder problem, (...)
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    Scott A. Davison Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation. . Pp. 208. £50.00 . ISBN 978 0 19 875774 0.Vincent Brümmer - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):585-587.
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    Evil and the God of Abraham, Anselm, and Murphy.Paul Draper - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):564-572.
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    The Metaphysics of Belief: A Wittgenstein and Collingwood Convergence.James E. Gilman - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):497-520.
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    Mathematical Objects and the Object of Theology.S. Harrison Victoria - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):479-496.
    In what ways might God be like an abstract mathematical object, such as a number or a geometrical shape? The objects of mathematics are often regarded as having three key negative characteristics. They are unknowable by the senses, not located at any point in space-time, and are not involved in physical causal chains. God can also be thought of as possessing these three characteristics. Exploring this convergence between mathematical objects and the God of classical western theism opens up new lines (...)
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    A Compositional Incarnation.William Hasker - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):433-447.
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    Enabling Ivan Karamazov: Responding to Mark Murphy's God's Own Ethics: Norms of Divine Agency and the Argument From Evil.Irwin Kristen - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):557-563.
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    How Not to Defend Positive Evidential Atheism.Paul K. Moser - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):459-465.
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    Précis of God's Own Ethics.Mark C. Murphy - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):545-550.
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    Replies to Wielenberg, Irwin, and Draper.Mark C. Murphy - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):572-584.
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    Intrinsic Value and Love: Three Challenges for God's Own Ethics.Erik J. Wielenberg - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (4):551-557.
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    Alasdair MacIntyre Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative. . Pp. Xiii + 322. £26.99 . ISBN 9781107176454. [REVIEW]Tom P. S. Angier - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):419-427.
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    A Naturalist Cosmological Argument.Brian Leftow - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):321-338.
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    Doing Natural Theology Consistently with Theism and Why One Might Stop Trying.T. J. Mawson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):339-351.
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    Introduction.T. J. Mawson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):289-291.
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    Believing God: An Account of Faith as Personal Trust.Cyrille Michon - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):387-401.
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    Brian Davies Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae: A Guide and Commentary. . 472pp. £20.49. ISBN 9780199380633.Paul O'grady - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):427-431.
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    Swinburne's Apologetic Strategy for Theism Evaluated.Herman Philipse - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):307-320.
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    The ‘Perfect Person’ Conception of God, Versus the Traditional Conception: Is the Difference so Great?Howard Robinson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):293-306.
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    Reply to My Commentators.Richard Swinburne - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):403-418.
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    On the Goods of the Religious Life: Contextualizing the Approach of Richard Swinburne.Mark Wynn - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (3):371-385.
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    Impeccability and Perfect Virtue.Luke Henderson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):261-280.
    Whatever else a theory of impeccability assumes about the moral life of heavenly agents, it seems to imply something about the type of actions possible for such agents, along with the quality of their moral characters. Regarding these characters, there are many that have argued impeccable and heavenly agents must also be perfectly virtuous agents. Michael Slote has recently argued, however, that perfect virtue is impossible. Assuming Slote’s argument is successful, a theory of impeccability that relies on the possibility of (...)
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    Beauty, Virtue, and Religious Exemplars.Kidd Ian James - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):171-181.
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    Hiddenness, Holiness, and Impurity.Brent G. Kyle - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):239-259.
    John Schellenberg has advanced the hiddenness argument against God’s existence, based on the idea that an all-loving God would seek personal relationships. This article develops a reply to Schellenberg’s argument by examining the notion of moral impurity, as understood by Paul the Apostle. Paul conceptualized moral impurity as a causal state that transfers from person to person, like a contagious disease. He also believed that moral impurity precludes divine–human relationship. The goal of this article is to develop these ideas into (...)
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    Indirect Epistemic Reasons and Religious Belief.Kirk Lougheed & Robert Mark Simpson - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):151-169.
    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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    Rupert Shortt God Is No Thing. . Pp. Xii + 122. £9.99 . ISBN 9781849046374.James Orr - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):285-287.
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    Buddhism, Meditation, and ‘the Inner World’.Campbell Purton - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):183-197.
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    Catherine Keller Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement. . Pp. 408. £26.00 . ISBN 978 0 23 117115 1. [REVIEW]Mary-Jane Rubenstein - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):281-285.
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    Atoning in Purgatory.Joshua C. Thurow - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):217-237.
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    Can a Person Prepare to Become a Christian? A Kierkegaardian Response.Andrew B. Torrance - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (2):199-215.
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  34. God and Eternal Boredom.Vuko Andric & Attila Tanyi - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):51-70.
    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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    The Imitation Game: Becoming Imitators of Christ.Joshua Cockayne - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):3-24.
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  36. The Power of Humility in Sceptical Religion: Why Ietsism is Preferable to J. L. Schellenberg's Ultimism.James Elliott - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):97-116.
    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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    The Power of Humility in Sceptical Religion: Why Ietsism is Preferable to J. L. Schellenberg's Ultimism.James Elliott - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):97-116.
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    The Mystery of Atonement and Swinburne's Reparation Theory.Alexander Hyun - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):133-141.
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    The Incarnation, Soul-Free: Physicalism, Kind Membership, and the Incarnation.Kevin W. Sharpe - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):117-131.
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    A Critique of Heidegger's Critique of Christian Philosophy in the Introduction to Metaphysics.Joseph G. Trabbic - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):71-86.
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    T. J. Mawson God and the Meanings of Life. . Pp. 229. £50.00 , £16.99 , £16.99 . ISBN 978 1 4742 1254 0.Nicholas Waghorn - 2017 - Religious Studies 53 (1):143-150.
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    Dropping the Debt: A New Conundrum in Kant's Rational Religion.Stewart Clem - 2017 - Religious Studies:1-15.
    In this article, I argue that Immanuel Kant fails to provide a satisfactory account of ‘moral debt’ in Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason. More precisely, he fails to answer the question of why we should assume that a debt exists in the first place. In light of recent scholarship on this area of his thought, I sketch some possible readings of Kant on the nature of moral transformation that suggest how he might account for this debt. I then (...)
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