Nelson Pike's Contribution to the Philosophy of Religion

Philosophia 39 (3):409-431 (2011)
Garrett Pendergraft
Pepperdine University
In this paper I attempt to capture the essence of Nelson Pike’s contribution to the philosophy of religion. My summary of his insights will revolve around three general topics: omniscience (and in particular its relation to human freedom), omnipotence (and in particular its relation to the existence of human suffering), and mysticism (with a focus on the question of whether and in what sense mystic visions can be sources of knowledge). Although the details vary in interesting ways, his work on these topics largely consists of recognizing an important challenge to the viability of the relevant doctrine or framework, sharpening that challenge by presenting it in a more forceful way, and then offering and assessing potential responses. Pike’s writings are characterized by exemplary rigor and relentless clarity, and together they constitute a rich (and under-appreciated) source of insight
Keywords Nelson Pike  Free will  Foreknowledge  Omniscience  Omnipotence  Problem of Evil  Mysticism
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-011-9310-0
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