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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 2, 2009

Religious Diversity: A Dialogue

Richard Davis
Pages 437-443

Oppy and Modal Theistic Proofs

I argue that Graham Oppy’s attempt to redefend his charge that all modal theistic arguments “must be question-begging” is unsuccessful. Oppy’s attempt to show that theism and modal concretism are compatible is not only tangential for his purposes, it is marred by a misunderstanding of theism, and vulnerable to a counterexample that actually demonstrates incompatibility. Moreover, the notion of begging the question employed by Oppy against the theist is seen to be far too permissive.

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