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71. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Ryan West, Adam C. Pelser, Perceiving God through Natural Beauty
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In Perceiving God, William Alston briefly suggests the possibility of perceiving God indirectly through the perception of another object. Following recent work by C. Stephen Evans, we argue that Thomas Reid’s notion of “natural signs” helpfully illuminates how people can perceive God indirectly through natural beauty. First, we explain how some natural signs enable what Alston labels “indirect perception.” Second, we explore how certain emotions make it possible to see both beauty and the excellence of the minds behind beauty. Finally, we explain how aesthetic emotions can involve indirect perception of God via the natural sign of natural beauty.
72. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Daniel Speak, Domination and the Free Will Defense: A Reply to Pruss
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Few arguments have enjoyed as strong a reputation for philosophical success as Alvin Plantinga’s free will defense (FWD). Despite the striking reputation for decisiveness, however, concerns about the success of the FWD have begun to trickle into the philosophical literature. In a recent article in this journal, Alexander Pruss has contributed to this flow with an intriguing argument that a proposition necessary to the success of Plantinga’s FWD is false. Specifically, Pruss has argued, contrary to the FWD, that, necessarily, God is able to actualize a world containing at least one significantly free creature who never does anything morally wrong. Thus, Pruss purports to demonstrate that it is not possible that every creaturely essence suffers from transworld depravity. Since the possibility of universal transworld depravity is essential to Plantinga’s defense, Pruss concludes that the defense in its Plantingian form ultimately fails. After presenting Pruss’s argument, I argue that the free will defender can resist it, in large part because the free will defender can quite reasonably reject the dominance principle on which the supposed counterexample depends.
73. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Myron A. Penner, Personal Anti-Theism and the Meaningful Life Argument
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In a recent paper, Guy Kahane asks whether God’s existence is something we should want to be true. Expanding on some cryptic remarks from Thomas Nagel, Kahane’s informative and wide-ranging piece eventually addresses whether personal anti-theism is justified, where personal anti-theism is the view that God’s existence would make things worse overall for oneself. In what follows, I develop, defend, but ultimately reject the Meaningful Life Argument, according to which if God’s existence precludes the realization of certain goods that seem to an agent to constitute a meaningful life, it is rational for an agent both to believe that personal anti-theism is true and to prefer that God not exist.
book reviews
74. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Civil Disagreement: Personal Integrity in a Pluralistic Society, by Edward Langerak
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75. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Douglas J. Schuurman, Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, by John Stackhouse, Jr.
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76. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Douglas V. Henry, Socrates and the Gods: How to Read Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, by Nalin Ranasinghe
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77. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Veronika Weidner, Evolutionary Religion, by J. L. Schellenberg
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78. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
James D. Madden, The Knower and the Known: Physicalism, Dualism, and the Nature of Intelligibility, by Stephen Parrish
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79. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Kyle David Bennett, Moral Emotions: Reclaiming the Evidence of the Heart, by Anthony J. Steinbock
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80. Faith and Philosophy: Volume > 32 > Issue: 3
Joshua R. Farris, God, Mind and Knowledge, ed. Andrew Moore
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