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  1. Creatio Ex Pulchritudine.Paul Silas Peterson, Amos Yong, James Kraft, Edwin Koster, David Reiter & Nathanael Johnston - 2009 - Ars Disputandi 9:1566-5399.
    In the Enneads Plotinus articulates an account of ‘creation’ following in the tradition, albeit critically, of Plato’s Timaeus. This article compares Hart’s account of creation, as expressed in The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth , and other secondary literature, with that of Plotinus’s. Some significant differences and interesting parallels are highlighted.
     
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    Calvin’s “Sense of Divinity” and Externalist Knowledge of God.David Reiter - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):253-270.
    In this paper I explore and defend an interpretation of Calvin’s doctrine of the sense of divinity which implies the following claim: All sane cognizers know that God exists. I argue that externalism about knowledge comports well with claim CSD, and I explore various questions about the character of the theistic belief implied by CSD. For example, I argue that CSD implies that all sane cognizers possess functionally rational theistic belief. In the final sections of the paper, I respond to (...)
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    A Dilemma For The Proponent Of The Transcendental Argument For God’s Existence.David Reiter - 2009 - Philosophia Christi 11 (2):465-470.
    The transcendental argument for God’s existence claims that the existence of the Triune God is a metaphysically necessary precondition for the most basic features of human life and experience. Philosopher Sean Choi has recently argued that TAG is best understood as having the following argument pattern: p, Necessarily, if p, then G, and therefore G. In this note, I pose a dilemma argument for the proponent of the transcendental argument. My hope is that the dilemma argument will spur further development (...)
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    Rejoinder to James Anderson.David Reiter - 2011 - Philosophia Christi 13 (1):199 - 202.
    My original dilemma claimed that the transcendental argument for God’s existence is either superfluous (if the goal is to establish the actual existence of God) or inadequate (if the goal is to establish the necessary existence of God). In this rejoinder to James Anderson, I begin by noting some important points of agreement. I then clarify the differences between pattern-I, pattern-II, and pattern-III theistic arguments. I comment on each of Anderson’s three proposed lines of response and defend by original dilemma, (...)
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    Faith, Freedom, and Rationality: Philosophy of Religion Today. [REVIEW]David Reiter - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):119-121.
  6. Aquinas on the Eternality and Necessity of the World.David Reiter & Nathanael Johnston - 2009 - Ars Disputandi 9.
    In this note, we present a new observation of relevance to Aquinas’s third way. Scholars have noted that Aquinas recognizes the existence of a multiplicity of necessary beings, but it has not been recognized that Aquinas’s views concerning the eternality of the world commit him to the epistemic possibility that the world itself is a necessary being. We explain how Aquinas is committed to this possibility and explore its bearing on the success or failure of the third way as a (...)
     
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    Plantinga on the Epistemic Implications of Naturalism.David Reiter - 2000 - Journal of Philosophical Research 25:141-147.
    In the final chapter of Warrant and Proper Function, Alvin Planting a presents an “evolutionary argument against naturalism” (where naturalism is the claim that there are no supernatural beings). According to this argument, the conjunction of naturalism and evolution cannot be rationally believed by anyone who understands its epistemic implications. In this paper, I argue that if Plantinga’s evolutionary argument is sound, it follows that (what I call) perceptive naturalists have no propositional knowledge. Since it is plausible that perceptive naturalists (...)
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    Engel on Internalism & Externalism in Epistemology.David Reiter - 1998 - Erkenntnis 49 (2):175-184.
    Mylan Engel, Jr. has proposed a straightforward and attractive explanation of the internalism-externalism controversy (IEC) in contemporary epistemology. Engel's explanation posits that there are two distinct kinds of epistemic justification, and the IEC has arisen because epistemologists have inadvertently overlooked the fact that they are not all concerned with the same subject matter (internalists are concerned with one kind of epistemic justification while externalists are concerned with another kind). In this paper, I will explain two difficulties with Engel's proposed explanation. (...)
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    Rachels, Naturalism, and the Status of Human Beings.David Reiter - 2003 - Journal of Philosophical Research 28:403-414.
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    Divine Discourse.David Reiter - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (1):109-112.
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    Plantinga on the Epistemic Implications of Naturalism.David Reiter - 2000 - Journal of Philosophical Research 25:141-147.
    In the final chapter of Warrant and Proper Function, Alvin Planting a presents an “evolutionary argument against naturalism”. According to this argument, the conjunction of naturalism and evolution cannot be rationally believed by anyone who understands its epistemic implications. In this paper, I argue that if Plantinga’s evolutionary argument is sound, it follows that perceptive naturalists have no propositional knowledge. Since it is plausible that perceptive naturalists do have some propositional knowledge, I infer that the evolutionary argument is unsound. However, (...)
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    Rachels, Naturalism, and the Status of Human Beings.David Reiter - 2003 - Journal of Philosophical Research 28:403-414.
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