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  1. Returning the Gift of Life.Robert Halliday, Rod Nicholls, Mark Wynn, Nick Trakakis, Yujin Nagasawa, Maarten Wisse, Peter Kügler & Igor Douven - 2004 - Ars Disputandi 4.
    The gift of life argument, the claim that suicide is immoral because our lives are not ours to dispose of as we are their guardians or stewards, is a persistent theme in debates about the morality of suicide, assisted-suicide, and euthanasia. I argue that this argument suffers from a fatal internal incoherence. The gift can either be interpreted literally or analogically. If it is interpreted literally there are serious problems in understanding who receives the gift. If it is understood analogically (...)
     
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    Renewing the Senses: A Study of the Philosophy and Theology of the Spiritual Life.Mark R. Wynn - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    A study of the philosophy and theology of the spiritual life that takes religious sensibility or the practice of religious life, rather simply creedal commitment, as a starting point.
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    Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding: Integrating Perception, Conception and Feeling.Mark Wynn - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book Mark Wynn argues that the landscape of philosophical theology looks rather different from the perspective of a re-conceived theory of emotion. In matters of religion, we do not need to opt for objective content over emotional form or vice versa. On the contrary, these strategies are mistaken at root, since form and content are not properly separable here - because 'inwardness' may contribute to 'thought-content', or because emotional feelings can themselves constitute thoughts; or because, to put the (...)
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  4. Faith in the Living God: A Dialogue.Mark Wynn - 2002 - Ars Disputandi 2 (1):25-28.
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    Renewing the Senses: Conversion Experience and the Phenomenology of the Spiritual Life. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 2012 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (3):211-226.
    In his discussion of conversion experience, in The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James draws attention to a variety of experience which has not been much investigated in the philosophy of religion literature, but which seems to be of some importance religiously—namely, an experience which consists in a re-vivification of the sensory world as a whole. In this paper, I develop four accounts of the nature of this kind of experience, and I show how the experience can inform our conception (...)
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    Towards a Broadening of the Concept of Religious Experience: Some Phenomenological Considerations: Mark Wynn.Mark Wynn - 2009 - Religious Studies 45 (2):147-166.
    The recent philosophical literature on religious experience has mostly been concerned with experiences which are taken by the subject of the experience to be directly of God or some other supernatural entity, or to involve some suspension of the subject–object structure of conventional experience. In this paper I consider a further kind of experience, where the sense of God is mediated by way of an appreciation of the existential meanings which are presented by a material context. In this way the (...)
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    God and Goodness: A Natural Theological Perspective.Mark Wynn - 1999 - Routledge.
    God and Goodness takes the experience of value as a starting point for natural theology. Mark Wynn argues that theism offers our best understanding of the goodness of the world, especially its beauty and openness to the development of richer and more complex material forms. We also see that the world's goodness calls for a moral response: commitment to the goodness of the world represents a natural extension of the trust to which we aspire in our dealings with human beings.
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    Religious Experience and Natural Theology.Mark Wynn - 2013 - In J. H. Brooke, F. Watts & R. R. Manning (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology. Oxford Up. pp. 325.
    This chapter begins with a review of recent philosophical literature on religious experience, which has generally been concerned with experiences that focus on God or some other supernatural ‘thing’, and then considers other kinds of religious experience which should be of some interest for natural theology. It suggests that these kinds of religious experience invite a certain conception of God, namely, as an overarching meaning, rather than as a supernatural ‘object’, and also a correlative epistemology, one which gives due acknowledgement (...)
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    Mystery, Humility and Religious Practice in the Thought of St John of the Cross.Mark Wynn - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (3):89--108.
    The ”dark night of the soul’ is a common motif in Christian spiritual writing; and the locus classicus for this motif is the work of John of the Cross, a Spanish Carmelite friar of the sixteenth century. My aim in this paper is to use John’s account of the ”night’ to consider how the themes of mystery, humility and religious practice may be subsumed, and related to one another, within a Christian conception of God and of human life lived out (...)
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    Musical Affects and the Life of Faith: Some Reflections on the Religious Potency of Music.Mark Wynn - 2004 - Faith and Philosophy 21 (1):25-44.
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    God, Pilgrimage, and Acknowledgement of Place.Mark Wynn - 2007 - Religious Studies 43 (2):145-163.
    The paper seeks to address three objections to pilgrimage practices -- they are tied to superstitious beliefs (except where they are seen as simply an aid to the imagination), imply a crude experiential or emotional understanding of the nature of faith, and rest upon a primitive conception of divine localizability. In responding to these objections, I argue that the religious significance of places is not reducible to their contribution to religious imagination, experience or understanding. In this sense, relationship to God (...)
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  12. God and Goodness.Mark Wynn - 2001 - Mind 110 (437):301-304.
     
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    Representing the Gods: The Role of Art and Feeling.Mark Wynn - 2000 - Religious Studies 36 (3):315-331.
    This paper argues that we can fruitfully consider some central issues in philosophy of religion through the lens provided by the literature in aesthetics. Specifically, I argue that Mikel Dufrenne's theory of representation in the arts can be usefully applied to representations of the sacred. The paper seeks to trace some of the implications of this view for our understanding of religious language and the epistemology of religious belief. It also aims to throw light on the religious power of art, (...)
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    Aesthetic Experience and Spiritual Well-Being: Locating the Role of Theological Commitments.Mark Wynn - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (4):397-409.
    ABSTRACTI discuss three accounts of the spiritual significance of aesthetic experience. Two of these perspectives I have taken from the recent literature in theological aesthetics, and the third I have constructed, building on Thomas Aquinas’s conception of the goods of the infused moral virtues. This broadly Thomistic approach occupies, I argue, a middle ground between the other two, on account of its distinctive understanding of the role of theological context in defining spiritually significant goods. These perspectives are not mutually exclusive, (...)
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    Some Reflections on Richard Swinburne's Argument From Design.Mark Wynn - 1993 - Religious Studies 29 (3):325 - 335.
    In his book The Existence of God , Professor Swinburne develops a cumulative case for theism. As part of this case, he presents two forms of the argument from design, one form taking as its premise the fact of spatial order, the other proceeding from the fact of temporal order. In this paper, I shall concern myself with the second of these arguments; that is, in Swinburne's terms, I shall concern myself with the argument from regularities of succession.
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    Simplicity, Personhood, and Divinity.Mark Wynn - 1997 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 41 (2):91-103.
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    The Moral Philosophy of Raimond Gaita and Some Questions of Method in the Philosophy of Religion.Mark Wynn - 2009 - New Blackfriars 90 (1030):639-651.
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    In Defence of “the Supernatural”: A Response to Peter Forrest.Mark Wynn - 1999 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 73 (3):477-495.
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    Mind, Metaphysics, and Value in the Thomistic and Analytical Traditions. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 2005 - Religious Studies 41 (1):120-124.
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    Knowledge of Place and Knowledge of God: Contemporary Philosophies of Place and Some Questions in Philosophical Theology.Mark Wynn - 2007 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 62 (3):149-169.
    The paper examines three themes from the recent philosophical literature on place: the status of places as “concrete universals”; the narratively mediated agency of places; and the various ways in which human identity proves to be relative to place. I argue that these themes throw into new relief a set of correlative issues in philosophical theology concerning, respectively, God’s supra-individuality, God’s status as a final cause, and the divine grounding of human identity. On this basis, the paper proposes that knowledge (...)
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    Can We Be Good Without God?: Biology, Behavior, and the Need to Believe. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (1):119-120.
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    Michael P. Levine. Pantheism. A Non-Theistic Concept of Deity. Pp. Xii + 388. . £45.00. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 1996 - Religious Studies 32 (2):285.
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    Peter Forrest. God Without the Supernatural. A Defense of Scientific Theism, Cornell Studies in Philosophy of Religion. (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1996.) Pp. 256. £31.50 Cloth. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 1998 - Religious Studies 34 (2):219-229.
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    Supererogation and the Relationship Between Religious and Secular Ethics: Some Perspectives Drawn From Thomas Aquinas and John of the Cross.Mark Wynn - 2015 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 77:163-183.
    In this paper, I consider the fruitfulness of the notion of supererogation for an understanding of the relationship between religious and secular ethics. I approach this theme in three ways. First, I note a contrast between the virtues of neighbour love and infused temperance, as they are represented in the work of Thomas Aquinas: in the first case, but not the second, appeal to religious context changes the status of an action, so that it is now obligatory when it would (...)
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    Trust-Relationships and the Moral Case for Religious Belief.Mark Wynn - 1997 - International Philosophical Quarterly 37 (2):179-188.
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    Beauty, Providence and the Biophilia Hypothesis.Mark Wynn - 1997 - Heythrop Journal 38 (3):283–299.
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    Harriet Harris (Ed.) God, Goodness and Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011). Pp. Xvii+257. £19.99 (Pbk). ISBN 978 1 4094 2852 7. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 2013 - Religious Studies 49 (4):591-595.
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    Naturalism and Religion.Mark Wynn - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (1):99-102.
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    Natural Theology In an Ecological Mode.Mark Wynn - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):27-42.
    The paper considers the possibility of an alliance between natural theologians and environmental ethicists in so far as both uphold the goodness of the natural world. Specifically, it examines whether the work of Holmes Rolston III can contribute towards the natural theologian’s treatment of two issues: the nature and extent of the world’s goodness, and the reasons why we may fail to register its goodness fully. The paper argues that the holism and non-anthropocentrism of Rolston’s work throw new light on (...)
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    Primal Religions and the Sacred Significance of Nature.Mark Wynn - 1997 - Sophia 36 (2):88-110.
    I would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the referees forSophia. Their comments have encouraged me to make more extended use of the anthropological literature, and helped me to make a number of other important improvements.
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    From World to God: Resemblance and Complementarity: Mark Wynn.Mark Wynn - 1996 - Religious Studies 32 (3):379-394.
    In this paper, I shall consider four approaches to the idea that the world points towards or represents God. I shall argue that the relation of resemblance may not offer the best initial way of expounding this idea, and that the relation of necessary complement may provide the basis of a more useful model. I begin by examining three accounts which draw primarily upon the notion of resemblance in order to explain the sense in which the world represents God. I (...)
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    Taking the Appearances Seriously: Architectural Experience and the Phenomenological Case for Religious Belief.Mark Wynn - 2011 - Religious Studies 47 (3):331 - 344.
    This paper explores some implications of the idea that religious thoughts can enter into the sensory appearances of things. I begin by clarifying this idea, using some examples drawn from Roger Scruton's discussion of the phenomenology of architectural experience. Then I consider the bearing of the idea on the case for religious belief in pragmatic and epistemic terms. More exactly, I explore how the idea of an internal relation between religious thought and the sensory appearances of things can be used (...)
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    A Response to Cordry on Design.Mark Wynn - 2006 - Religious Studies 42 (3):291-297.
    In his paper ‘Theism and the philosophy of nature’, Ben Cordry argues that theism's conception of nature has been falsified. In this response, I argue that the universe in many ways conforms to theistic expectations, and that there is no presumption that a divinely ordered world will take the form that Cordry proposes. (Published Online July 10 2006).
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    Problems in the Philosophy of Religion: Critical Studies of the Work of John Hick, Library of Philosophy and Religion, Ed. Hewitt Harold Jr, Macmillan, London, Pp. Xvi+246. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 1992 - Religious Studies 28 (4):581.
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    Saintliness and the Moral Life: Gaita as a Source for Christian Ethics.Mark Robert Wynn - 2003 - Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (3):463 - 486.
    Drawing on the work of Raimond Gaita, the paper considers the role that may be played by the lives of the saints, both in alerting us to the moral standing of other human beings, and in helping us to articulate the concept of "humanity" understood in a morally rich sense. The paper considers whether Gaita's treatment of these themes presents something like a natural law ethic, in the sense of supplying arguments which favour broadly Christian conclusions without depending upon explicitly (...)
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    Beauty, Providence and the Biophilia Hypothesis.Mark Wynn - 1997 - Heythrop Journal 38 (3):283-299.
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    From World to God: Resemblance and Complementarity.Mark Wynn - 1996 - Religious Studies 32 (3):379 - 394.
    The paper surveys a number of approaches to the idea that the world represents God, drawing on the work of Aquinas, Alston, and Teilhard de Chardin. After noting some of the difficulties which these accounts may pose, a further model is advanced for consideration. The paper argues for the view that the world represents God not so much by resembling God, but rather by pointing towards the divine reality as the pre-requisite of its completion in aesthetic and other terms.
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    A Priori Judgments and the Argument From Design.Mark Wynn - 1996 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 39 (3):169 - 185.
    At the outset of this discussion, I undertook to present an argument from design which would follow Swinburne's example in making use of a priori judgments, while avoiding some of the objections which have been posed in response to his treatment of these issues. So we need to ask: how does this approach to the question of design compare with Swinburne's?Swinburne argues that a chaotic world is a priori more likely than an ordered world: this consideration provides one central reason, (...)
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    Prendre au sérieux les apparences.Mark Wynn - 2012 - ThéoRèmes 2 (1).
    Ce texte explore certaines implications de l'idée selon laquelle des pensées religieuses peuvent faire partie de l'apparence sensorielle des choses. Je commence par clarifier cette idée en utilisant des exemples exposés par Roger Scruton qui discute la phénoménologie de l'expérience architecturale. Ensuite, je considère, d'un point de vue pragmatique et épistémique, l'apport de cette idée pour l'argument pour les croyances religieuses. Plus précisément, j'explore comment l'idée d'une relation interne entre la pensée religieuse et les apparences sensorielles des choses peut être (...)
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    Evil and Opportunity Cost.Mark Wynn - 1996 - Heythrop Journal 37 (2):139-154.
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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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    Emergent Phenomena and Theistic Explanation.Mark Wynn - 1999 - International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (2):141-55.
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    The Epistemology of Religious Experience.Mark Wynn - 1995 - International Philosophical Quarterly 35 (3):363-364.
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    Saintliness and the Moral Life.Mark Robert Wynn - 2003 - Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (3):463-485.
    ABSTRACTDrawing on the work of Raimond Gaita, the paper considers the role that may be played by the lives of the saints, both in alerting us to the moral standing of other human beings, and in helping us to articulate the concept of “humanity” understood in a morally rich sense. The paper considers whether Gaita's treatment of these themes presents something like a natural law ethic, in the sense of supplying arguments which favour broadly Christian conclusions without depending upon explicitly (...)
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    The Relationship of Religion and Ethics: A Comparison of Newman and Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.Mark Wynn - 2005 - Heythrop Journal 46 (4):435–449.
    John Henry Newman's An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent is a commonly cited source for the idea that religion and ethics are in some fashion mutually implicated, and specifically the idea that religious belief can be grounded in our moral experience.1 In this paper I aim to do two things. First of all, I shall try to show that Newman's account of the relationship between religious and ethical understanding, as expounded in the Grammar, is more richly nuanced (...)
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    Garth L. Hallett A Middle Way to God. . Pp. Xi+162. £28·50 . ISBN 0 19 513268 8.Mark Wynn - 2001 - Religious Studies 37 (4).
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    Michael J. Murray (Ed.) Reason for the Hope Within. (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 1999). Pp. XVI+429. $16.99 Pbk.Mark Wynn - 2000 - Religious Studies 36 (2):227-245.
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    Garth L. Hallett a Middle Way to God. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). Pp. XI+162. £28·50 (Hbk). ISBN 0 19 513268. [REVIEW]Mark Wynn - 2001 - Religious Studies 37 (4):491-499.
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    Phenomenology of Religion.Mark Wynn - 2009 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    The Relationship of Religion and Ethics: A Comparison of Newman and Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.Mark Wynn - 2005 - Heythrop Journal 46 (4):435-449.
    John Henry Newman's An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent is a commonly cited source for the idea that religion and ethics are in some fashion mutually implicated, and specifically the idea that religious belief can be grounded in our moral experience.1 In this paper I aim to do two things. First of all, I shall try to show that Newman's account of the relationship between religious and ethical understanding, as expounded in the Grammar, is more richly nuanced (...)
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