University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1974
Rochester, New York, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Interest
  •  17
    In Charles Taliaferro & Philip L. Quinn (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Wiley-blackwell. 1997.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Works cited.
  •  5
    “Review of Divine Providence by Thomas Flint” (review)
    Philosophia Christi 3 (1): 262-265. 2001.
  •  64
    Book reviews (review)
    with Edward L. Schoen, William Hasker, Alan R. Drengson, Frank B. Dilley, Frank J. Hoffman, and John Elrod
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 34 (2): 115-129. 1993.
  •  108
    The Nature of God explores a perennial problem in the philosophy of religion.
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    Portraying Analogy
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 46 (4): 692-696. 1986.
  •  39
    The Nature of God explores a perennial problem in the philosophy of religion. Drawing upon developments in philosophy, most notably those in philosophical logic, Edward R. Wierenga examines the traditional divine attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, eternity, timelessness, immutability, and goodness. His philosophically defensible formulations of the nature of God are in accord with the views of classical theists. The author provides an account of each of the divine attributes by stating in c…Read more
  •  42
    The Skepticism of Skeptical Theism
    Journal of Philosophical Theological Research 21 (3): 27-42. 2019.
    Skeptical theism is a type of reply to arguments from evil against God’s existence. The skeptical theist declines to accept a premiss of some such argument, professing ignorance, for example, about whether God is justified in permitting certain evils or about the conditional probability that the world contains as much evil as it does, or evils of a particular sort, on the hypothesis that God exists. Skeptical theists are thus not supposed to be skeptical about theism; rather, they are theists wh…Read more
  •  280
    The Ontological Argument and Objects of Thought
    Philosophic Exchange 42 (1): 82-103. 2011.
    Is there anything new to be said about Anselm's ontological argument? Recent work by Lynne Baker and Gareth Matthews raises some interesting and important questions about the argument. First, Anselm's argument is set in the context of a prayer to God, whose existence Anselm seeks to prove. Is that peculiar or paradoxical? Does it imply that Anselm's prayer is insincere? Baker and Matthews have offered a novel interpretation of Anselm's argument, designed to solve a crucial problem with it. Does …Read more
  •  417
    I propose some arguments suggested by Descartes' text for the conclusion that we are not identical to our bodies. I suggest that a natural extension of those arguments leads to Plantinga's Replacement Argument. I conclude that even if such an argument is plausible, its conclusion does not establish the further claim that we can exist without a body.
  • "Portraying Analogy" by James F. Ross (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 46 (4): 692. 1986.
  •  535
    The Fall and Hypertime, by Hud Hudson (review)
    Faith and Philosophy 34 (3): 370-377. 2017.
  •  15
    Three Theories of Events
    Dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. 1974.
  •  40
    Denotation and Eliminative Materialism
    with Rew A. Godow
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 36 (3). 1976.
  •  46
    Alvin Plantinga (review)
    Faith and Philosophy 5 (2): 214-219. 1988.
  •  21
    Reply to Harold Moore
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (4): 246. 1978.
  •  11
    Omniscience and Knowledge De Se Et De Praesenti
    In D. F. Austin (ed.), Philosophical Analysis, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 251--258. 1988.
  •  59
    Identity Conditions and Events
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 11 (1). 1981.
    According to Myles Brand, ‘[t]he key to advocating a particularist account of events -or any account of events - is to provide adequate identity conditions’. He thinks that the function of an identity condition is ‘to specify the nature of’ events.To state an identity condition for events is to provide a way to complete the formula: The mere fact that a proposed completion of is true does not imply that it is an informative identity condition for events or that it plays any role in specifying th…Read more
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    The Openness of God (review)
    Faith and Philosophy 14 (2): 248-252. 1997.
  •  210
    Prophecy, freedom, and the necessity of the past
    Philosophical Perspectives 5 425-445. 1991.
    One of the strongest arguments for the incompatibility of divine foreknowledge and human free action appeals to the apparent fixity or necessity of the past. Two leading responses to the argument—Ockhamism, which denies a premiss of the argument, and the so-called “eternity solution”, which holds that strictly speaking God does not have foreknowledge—have both come under attack on similar grounds. Neither response, it is alleged, is adequate to the case of divine prophecy. In this paper I sha…Read more
  •  131
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2019.
  •  25
    Chisholm on states of affairs
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 54 (2). 1976.
    This Article does not have an abstract
  •  59
    Intrinsic Maxima and Omnibenevolence
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (1). 1979.
  •  93
    Anselm on Omnipresence
    New Scholasticism 62 (1): 30-41. 1988.
  •  35
    Taking someone's word for it
    Philosophical Studies 34 (2). 1978.
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  •  94
    In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford handbook of philosophical theology, Oxford University Press. 2008.
    Omniscience is the divine attribute of possessing complete or unlimited knowledge. This article examines motivations for taking such a property to be a divine attribute, attempts to define or analyse omniscience, possible limitations on the extent of divine knowledge, and, finally, objections either to the coherence of the concept or to its compatibility with other divine attributes or with widely accepted claims.
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    Confrontations with the Reaper (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 17 (1): 78-81. 1994.