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Asha Lancaster-Thomas
University of Birmingham
  1. Encountering Evil: The Evil-God Challenge From Religious Experience.Asha Lancaster-Thomas - unknown - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion:0-0.
    It is often thought that religious experiences provide support for the cumulative case for the existence of the God of classical monotheism. In this paper, I formulate an Evil-god challenge that invites classical monotheists to explain why, based on evidence from religious experience, the belief in an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent god is significantly more reasonable than the belief in an omnipotent, omniscient, evil god. I demonstrate that religious experiences substantiate the existence of Evil-god more so than they do the existence (...)
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    The Coherence of Naturalistic Personal Pantheism.Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (1):75.
    This paper examines the coherence of naturalistic personal pantheism in an attempt to reconcile pantheism, naturalism, and a personal concept of God. NPP proposes that i) God is identical with the universe, ii) the universe is entirely natural, and iii) God is personal. Several critics of accounts of a God such as this have voiced concerns about a natural — as opposed to a supernatural — God, since a natural God cannot be worship-worthy. In response, I propose a controversial premise (...)
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    The Possibility of an Evil-God: A Response to Ward.Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2019 - Think 18 (51):37-46.
    In his fairly recent article in this journal, ‘The Evil-god Challenge – A Response’, Keith Ward attempts to nullify Stephen Law's evil-god challenge by presenting several arguments intended to demonstrate that an omniscient, omnipotent being cannot conceivably be evil. In this article, I critically respond to each of Ward's arguments to reach the conclusion that an omnipotent, omniscient being could indeed be evil. To achieve this, I claim that neither perfect empathy nor rationality entails benevolence, that the desire for suffering (...)
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    The Evil‐God Challenge Part II: Objections and Responses.Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2018 - Philosophy Compass 13 (8):e12543.
    The Evil‐god challenge attempts to undermine classical monotheism by arguing that because the existence of an evil god is similar in reasonableness to the existence of a good god, the onus is on the theist to justify their belief in the latter over the former. In the Part I paper, I defined the Evil‐god challenge, distinguished between several types of Evil‐god challenge, and presented its history and recent developments. In this paper, I describe the merits of the challenge, outline and (...)
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    Fluctuating maximal God.Anne Jeffrey, Asha Lancaster-Thomas & Matyáš Moravec - forthcoming - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion:1-17.
    This paper explores a variety of perfect being theism that combines Yujin Nagasawa’s maximal God thesis with the view that God is not atemporal. We argue that the original maximal God thesis still implicitly relies on a “static” view of divine perfections. Instead, following the recent re-evaluation of divine immutability by analytic philosophers, we propose that thinking of divine great-making properties as fluctuating but nevertheless remaining maximal either for every time t or across all times strengthens the original maximal God (...)
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    How Effective is Philosophy for Children in Contributing to the Affective Engagement of Pupils in the Context of Secondary Religious Education?Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2017 - Journal of Philosophy in Schools 4 (1).
    This paper reports the findings of a predominantly qualitative study that explored the effects of the practice of Philosophy for Children on pupils’ affective engagement.[1] From its conception, the practice of P4C has been linked to the development of caring and collaborative thinking and the study aimed to closely consider that relationship. An appropriate self-designed P4C program was implemented with 75 Year 9 pupils of Religious Education at an independent secondary school in the United Kingdom. An interpretive research approach was (...)
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    Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce. [REVIEW]Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2017 - Metapsychology Online Reviews 21.
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    A God Torn to Pieces. The Nietzsche Case. [REVIEW]Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2017 - Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence 1.
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    Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. [REVIEW]Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2017 - Metapsychology Online Reviews 21.
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  10. Fornari, Giuseppe. A God Torn to Pieces. The Nietzsche Case.Asha Lancaster-Thomas - 2017 - Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence 1 (2).
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