On the Nature and Existence of God

On the Nature and Existence of God

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There has been in recent years a plethora of defences of theism from analytical philosophers: Richard Gale's important book is a critical response to these writings. New versions of cosmological, ontological, and religious experience arguments are critically evaluated, along with pragmatic arguments to justify faith on the grounds of its prudential or moral benefits. In considering arguments for and against the existence of God, Gale is able to clarify many important philosophical concepts including exploration, time, free will, personhood, actuality, and the objectivity of experience.show more

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'On the Nature and Existence of God is a remarkable book ... the book can hardly fail to be a rich source instruction, reflection, and - last, but not least - entertainment.' Dialogue ' ... a superb piece of philosophy of its kind (his arguments are ingenious and thorough beyond any telling there).' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research ' ... Gale's book is a treasure of contemporary philosophy of religion. Closely and cogently argued ...' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion ' ... clear, forceful, witty and provocative.' Religious Studiesshow more

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Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Atheological Arguments: 1. Atheology and the nature of God; 2. The creation - immutability argument; 3. The omniscience - immutability argument; 4. The deductive argument from evil; 5. The argument from world-relative actuality; Part II. Theological Arguments: 6. Ontological arguments; 7. Cosmological arguments; 8. Religious-experience arguments; 9. Pragmatic arguments; Notes; Index.show more

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