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    The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8 103-107. 2006.
    In this paper, I reconstruct the problem of evil as an argument to the conclusion, "No one can claim to be a theist without abandoning the ethics of belief that would ordinarily be required for a civil way of life." Most theistic replies to this argument reduce theism to a "Sunday truth," i.e., a sincere belief that has no direct relevance to ordinary life. Bishop Butler's position - that this world is best understood as a probationary state - is presented and defended. Nevertheless, Butler's ar…Read more
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    Joseph Butler was an Anglican priest and later a bishop who wrote about ethics, religion, and other philosophical themes. He is not well known today. During his lifetime and into the early part of the twentieth century he was better known especially for his major work the Analogy of Religion (1736). Today he is known mostly for his sermons which are interpreted as essays on ethics and for his essay on identity. Butler had a profound effect on J. H. Newman, Matthew Arnold, and W. E. Gladstone a…Read more
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    Slippery slope arguments
    Metaphilosophy 16 (2‐3): 206-213. 1985.
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    Evil, Probation and the "Sunday Truth" of Theism
    The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8 103-107. 2006.
    In this paper, I reconstruct the problem of evil as an argument to the conclusion, "No one can claim to be a theist without abandoning the ethics of belief that would ordinarily be required for a civil way of life." Most theistic replies to this argument reduce theism to a "Sunday truth," i.e., a sincere belief that has no direct relevance to ordinary life. Bishop Butler's position - that this world is best understood as a probationary state - is presented and defended. Nevertheless, Butler's ar…Read more
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    Butler
    Faith and Philosophy 5 (3): 328-330. 1988.
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    The Piratical Philosophy of Freedom
    Philosophy Now 64 50-52. 2007.
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    In lieu of an abstract, here is the chapter's first paragraph: MOST OF BERTRAND RUSSELL'S BIOGRAPHERS do not even mention Horace Liveright, yet Liveright was a key player in the development of Russell as a popular philosopher and public intellectual. In particular, it was on a commission from Liveright that Russell wrote three of his best-selling books, books that are still in print and that many people have found helpful.
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    Joseph Butler
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2001.
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    John Humphrey Noyes
    Philosophy Now 70 14-16. 2008.
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    Ian Ramsey: To Speak Responsibly of God
    with Jerry H. Gill
    Philosophical Review 87 (1): 134. 1978.
  • Stephen T. Davis, God, Reason and Theistic Proofs (review)
    Philosophy in Review 19 89-90. 1999.