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    The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion.Jeffrey Schloss & Michael J. Murray (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections (...)
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    Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - In Michael J. Murray & Jeffrey Schloss (eds.), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press. pp. 168.
    Accession Number: ATLA0001788486; Hosting Book Page Citation: p 168-178.; Language(s): English; Issued by ATLA: 20130825; Publication Type: Essay.
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  3. Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (3):173-177.
     
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  4. Spontaneity and Freedom in Leibniz.Michael J. Murray - 2005 - In Donald Rutherford & J. A. Cover (eds.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press. pp. 194--216.
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    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.Michael J. Murray & Michael C. Rea - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion provides a broad overview of the topics which are at the forefront of discussion in contemporary philosophy of religion. Prominent views and arguments from both historical and contemporary authors are discussed and analyzed. The book treats all of the central topics in the field, including the coherence of the divine attributes, theistic and atheistic arguments, faith and reason, religion and ethics, miracles, human freedom and divine providence, science and religion, and immortality. In addition (...)
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    Coercion and the Hiddenness of God.Michael J. Murray - 1993 - American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (1):27 - 38.
  7. Four Arguments That the Cognitive Psychology of Religion Undermines the Justification of Religious Belief.Michael J. Murray - manuscript
    Over the last decade a handful of cognitive models of religious belief have begun to coalesce in the literature. Attempts to offer “scientific explanations of religious belief ” are nothing new, stretching back at least as far as David Hume, and perhaps as far back as Cicero. What is also not new is a belief that scientific explanations of religious belief serve in some way to undermine the justification for those beliefs.
     
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  8. Deus absconditus.Michael J. Murray - 2002 - In Daniel Howard-Snyder & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. pp. 63.
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    Ask and It Will Be Given to You: Michael J. Murray and Kurt Meyers.Michael J. Murray - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (3):311-330.
    Consider the following situation. It is the first day of school, and the new third-grade students file into the classroom to be shown to their seats for the coming year. As they enter, the third-grade teacher notices one small boy who is particularly unkempt. He looks to be in desperate need of bathing, and his clothes are dirty, torn and tight-fitting. During recess, the teacher pulls aside the boy's previous teacher and asks about his wretched condition. The other teacher informs (...)
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  10. Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions.Eleanore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.) - 1999 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Trent Dougherty, The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small.Michael J. Murray - 2015 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (1):137-141.
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    Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity.Michael J. Murray - 2004 - The Leibniz Review 14:1-28.
    The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient (...)
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  13. Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):75-108.
    The Prevolitional Condition: The subjunctive conditionals of human freedom known by God must have their truth value prior to any free decree of God, i.e., be known prevolitionally.
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    Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away.Michael J. Murray - 2010 - In Science and Religion in Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 472--478.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * Notes * References.
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    Ask and It Will Be Given to You.Michael J. Murray & Kurt Meyers - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (3):311 - 330.
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  16. Coercion and the Hiddennessofgod.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - In Kevin Timpe (ed.), Arguing About Religion. Routledge. pp. 282.
     
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  17. Dissertation on Predestination and Grace.Michael J. Murray (ed.) - 2011 - Yale University Press.
    In this book G. W. Leibniz presents not only his reflections on predestination and election but also a more detailed account of the problem of evil than is found in any of his other works apart from the _Theodicy_. Surprisingly, his _Dissertation on Predestination and Grace_ has never before been published in any form. Michael J. Murray's project of translating, editing, and providing commentary for the volume will therefore attract great interest among scholars and students of Leibniz's philosophy and theology. (...)
     
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    Natural Providence: Reply to Dembski.Michael J. Murray - 2006 - Faith and Philosophy 23 (3):337-341.
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    Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity.Michael J. Murray - 2004 - The Leibniz Review 14:1-28.
    The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient (...)
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    Leibniz’s Proposal for Theological Reconciliation Among the Protestants.Michael J. Murray - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (4):623-646.
    Between 1701 and 1705 Leibniz focused on the task of securing theological reunion between Lutherans and Calvinists, the two major Protestant sects at the time. Doing so, he believed, required reconciliation on two key topics, namely, the doctrine of the Eucharist, and the doctrine of election. To bring unity on the second issue, Leibniz composed a lengthy treatise based on a commentary on the Thirty-nine articles of the Church of England. This treatise stakes out a position springing from Leibniz’s own (...)
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    Intellect, Will, and Freedom in Leibniz.Michael J. Murray - 1994 - The Leibniz Review 4:11-12.
    In this paper I claim that there are three primary dimensions to the issue of freedom in Leibniz’s work. The first, and most widely discussed, is the logical dimension. When discussing this dimension, Leibniz is concerned primarily about the relationship between freedom and modality: what does it mean for choice to be contingent? The second dimension is the theological one. When discussing this dimension, Leibniz is interested in considering such issues as the relationships between divine knowledge or providence and human (...)
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    Critical Review of Cover and Hawthorne on Leibnizian Modality.Michael J. Murray - 2000 - The Leibniz Review 10:73-86.
    In the introduction to Substance and Individuation in Leibniz, Jan Cover and John Hawthorne inform us that the aim of the book is to “grasp more clearly the metaphysical problems of individuation by taking seriously how these are played out in the hands of one influential philosopher standing as the important mediary between scholastic and modern philosophers.” Were the book to succeed in this modest aim it would be a significant achievement. In fact, it achieves this aim and a good (...)
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    Theodicy.Michael J. Murray - 2008 - In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.
    From Leibniz's time until the mid-1970s, the word ‘theodicy’ was used to describe attempts to explain God's permission of evil. Since the mid-1970s, however, it has taken on a more refined sense among philosophers of religion – a change that can be attributed to Alvin Plantinga's book God, Freedom and Evil. In this work, Plantinga distinguishes between two types of explanations of evil that theists might construct. The first type is offered in response to arguments that the coexistence of God (...)
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    Are Coerced Acts Free?Michael J. Murray & David F. Dudrick - 1995 - American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2):109 - 123.
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    The Evolution of Religion: Adaptationist Accounts.Michael J. Murray - 2010 - In Science and Religion in Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 437--457.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * I Introduction * II One Preliminary * III Adaptationist Theories * IV Punishment Theories * V Commitment Signaling * VI Group Selection * V Conclusion * Notes * References.
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    Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz.Michael J. Murray - 1994 - The Leibniz Review 4:2-5.
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    The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy.Michael J. Murray - 2002 - The Leibniz Review 12:103-106.
    In recent years historians of modern philosophy have begun to pay much more attention to the theological thought of both major and minor figures in the period. These theological views are interesting and important in their own right, but they also provide substantial insights into the interconnections between, and the motivations for, many philosophical positions these figures advocate. This volume continues this recent tradition by providing an engaging look at the ways in which key figures in the modern period addressed (...)
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    Leibniz and His Correspondents.Michael J. Murray - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:105-112.
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    Three Versions of Universalism.Michael J. Murray - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):55-68.
    In recent years a number of sophisticated versions of soteriological universalism have appeared in the literature. In this essay I offer some critical retlections them. In particular, I argue that universalism offers no explanation for the fact that God puts human creatures through the earthly life, and that if there is no such reason then the earthly life and the evil it contains are both gratuitous. Finally, I argue that universalists are obliged to deny that human beings have a centrally (...)
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    Introduction.Michael J. Murray - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):515-520.
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1992 - The Leibniz Review 2:18-19.
    Despite Russell’s protestations to the contrary, it has become evident that Leibniz had more than a passing interest in a number of the problems plaguing seventeenth century philosophical theology. In published work, correspondence, and private notes, Leibniz spends significant energy sorting through numerous solutions to the standard problems. Not least among these was the perennial problem of how to reconcile divine foreknowledge and providence and human freedom. In this essay I discuss how Leibniz understands this problem against the background of (...)
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1992 - The Leibniz Review 2:18-19.
    Despite Russell’s protestations to the contrary, it has become evident that Leibniz had more than a passing interest in a number of the problems plaguing seventeenth century philosophical theology. In published work, correspondence, and private notes, Leibniz spends significant energy sorting through numerous solutions to the standard problems. Not least among these was the perennial problem of how to reconcile divine foreknowledge and providence and human freedom. In this essay I discuss how Leibniz understands this problem against the background of (...)
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    Christia Mercer on the Early Leibniz: A Review Essay on Leibniz’s Metaphysics.Michael J. Murray - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (1):189-198.
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    ``Three Versions of Universalism&Quot.Michael J. Murray - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):55--68.
    In recent years a number of sophisticated versions of soteriological universalism have appeared in the literature. In this essay I offer some critical retlections them. In particular, I argue that universalism offers no explanation for the fact that God puts human creatures through the earthly life, and that if there is no such reason then the earthly life and the evil it contains are both gratuitous. Finally, I argue that universalists are obliged to deny that human beings have a centrally (...)
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    Natural Providence (Or Design Trouble).Michael J. Murray - 2003 - Faith and Philosophy 20 (3):307-327.
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    Non-Intentional Actions, DAVID K. CHAN.Are Coerced Acts Free & Michael J. Murray - 1995 - American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2).
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  37. Alternative Perspectives.Michael J. Murray - 1999 - In Eleonore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions. Blackwell. pp. 6--241.
     
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):75-108.
    The Prevolitional Condition: The subjunctive conditionals of human freedom known by God must have their truth value prior to any free decree of God, i.e., be known prevolitionally.
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    Intellect, Will, and Freedom in Leibniz.Michael J. Murray - 1994 - The Leibniz Review 4:11-12.
    In this paper I claim that there are three primary dimensions to the issue of freedom in Leibniz’s work. The first, and most widely discussed, is the logical dimension. When discussing this dimension, Leibniz is concerned primarily about the relationship between freedom and modality: what does it mean for choice to be contingent? The second dimension is the theological one. When discussing this dimension, Leibniz is interested in considering such issues as the relationships between divine knowledge or providence and human (...)
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    You Can't Always Get What You Want: Evolution and True Beliefs.Jeffrey P. Schloss & Michael J. Murray - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):533-534.
    McKay & Dennett (M&D) convincingly argue against many proposals for adaptively functioning misbelief, but the conclusion that true beliefs are generally adaptive does not follow. Adaptive misbeliefs may be few in kind but many in number; maladaptive misbeliefs may routinely elude selective pruning; reproductively neutral misbeliefs may abound; and adaptively grounded beliefs may reliably covary with but not truthfully represent reality.
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    Elizabeth A. Johnson, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.Michael J. Murray - 2016 - Journal of Analytic Theology 4:440-446.
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    Leibniz and His Correspondents. [REVIEW]Michael J. Murray - 2006 - The Leibniz Review 16:105-112.
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    Leibniz: Determinist, Theist, Idealist.Michael J. Murray - 1996 - Faith and Philosophy 13 (3):426-435.
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    Review of Peter Geach, Truth and Hope: The Furst Franz Josef Und Furstin Gina Lectures Delivered at the International Academy of Philosophy, 1998[REVIEW]Michael J. Murray - 2002 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002 (2).
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    Leibniz - by Nicholas Jolley.Michael J. Murray - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (1):50-52.
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    Leibniz’s Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development.Michael J. Murray - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (2):270-273.
    Late in his life Leibniz famously recounted his philosophical conversion, at the young age of fifteen, from scholasticism to mechanism. Most Leibniz scholars have accepted Leibniz’s claim in this regard and have read his early works in philosophy and physics as various attempts to work out some variant of the mechanist position. However, Leibniz also makes it clear that he later came to realize the inadequacy of mechanism and, most would argue, this realization led him to reintroduce substantial form into (...)
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    Leibniz’s Metaphysics.Michael J. Murray - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (2):270-273.
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    Leibniz- By Nicholas Jolley.Michael J. Murray - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (4):375-376.
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    Natural Providence.Michael J. Murray - 2003 - Faith and Philosophy 20 (3):307-327.
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    Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz: The Concept of Substance in Seventeenth Century Metaphysics. [REVIEW]Michael J. Murray - 1994 - The Leibniz Review 4:2-5.
    While a significant amount of work has been done in recent years on the notion of substance in the seventeenth century, much of this work is narrow in focus and addresses itself only to specialists in the field. With this text, Roger Woolhouse has remedied this deficiency. The book, aimed at an audience at the advanced undergraduate level, provides a clear, comprehensive, and appropriately compact study of the doctrine of substance as it is developed by Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz.
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