Cambridge University
Faculty of Divinity, Queens' College
PhD, 1995
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Religion
Areas of Interest
Philosophy of Religion
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    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 (3): 1-10. 2019.
    I presume that an abstract is not required for an Editorial.
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    Continental Philosophy of Religion
    Cambridge University Press. 2018.
    This Element presents key features from the writings on religion of twelve philosophers working in or influenced by the continental tradition. It argues for a hybrid methodology which enables transformational religious responses to the problems associated with human existence to be supported both by reasoned argument and by revelation, narrative philosophy, and experiential verification.
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    How to prove the existence of God: an argument for conjoined panentheism
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (1): 5-21. 2019.
    This article offers an argument for a form of panentheism in which the divine is conceived as both ‘God the World’ and ‘God the Good’. ‘God the World’ captures the notion that the totality of everything which exists is ‘in’ God, while acknowledging that, given evil and suffering, not everything is ‘of’ God. ‘God the Good’ encompasses the idea that God is also the universal concept of Goodness, akin to Plato’s Form of the Good as developed by Iris Murdoch, which is inextricably conjoined with God…Read more
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    What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including God as personal, divine omnipotence, divine omniscience, the problem of evil, religious diversity, cosmological arguments, design arguments, moral arguments, and ontological arguments. In addition to the in-depth coverage of the key themes within the subject area Elizabeth Burns explores the topics from the perspectives of the five main world religions…Read more
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    Brian Davies: The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil (review)
    Religious Studies 44 (1): 118-123. 2008.
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    Classical and revisionary theism on the divine as personal: a rapprochement?
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (2): 151-165. 2015.
    To claim that the divine is a person or personal is, according to Swinburne, ‘the most elementary claim of theism’. I argue that, whether the classical theist’s concept of the divine as a person or personal is construed as an analogy or a metaphor, or a combination of the two, analysis necessitates qualification of that concept such that any differences between the classical theist’s concept of the divine as a person or personal and revisionary interpretations of that concept are merely superfic…Read more
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    In this paper I argue that, although Alvin Plantinga’s Felix Culpa theodicy appears on only two pages of his recent book Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism (2011) (i.e. 58-59), it is of pivotal importance for the book as a whole. Plantinga argues that there is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and monotheism, and that there is superficial concord but deep conflict between science and naturalism. I contend that the weakness of the Felix Culpa theo…Read more
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    Michael Martin on divine omniscience (2)
    Think 4 (10): 75-78. 2005.
    A response to the preceding article by Tom Wanchick
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    Must theists believe in a personal God?
    Think 8 (23): 77-86. 2009.
    The claim that God is a person or personal is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental claims which religious believers make about God. In Hinduism, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are represented in person-like form. In the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament God walks in the Garden of Eden , experiences emotions , and converses with human beings . In the New Testament, God communicates with his people, usually by means of angels or visions , and retains the ability to speak audibly, as he does to Paul on the Dam…Read more
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    Mark Johnston: Saving God: Religion After Idolatry (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 47 (47): 110-111. 2009.
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    Dombrowski and Murdoch offer versions of the ontological argument which aim to avoid two types of objection – those concerned with the nature of the divine, and those concerned with the move from an abstract concept to a mind-independent reality. For both, the nature of the concept of God/Good entails its instantiation, and both supply a supporting argument from experience. It is only Murdoch who successfully negotiates the transition from an abstract concept to the instantiation of that concept…Read more
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    Art plays a significant role in Iris Murdoch’s moral philosophy, a major part of which may be interpreted as a proposal for the revision of religious belief. In this paper, I identify within Murdoch’s philosophical writings five distinct but related ways in which great art can assist moral/religious belief and practice: art can reveal to us “the world as we were never able so clearly to see it before”; this revelatory capacity provides us with evidence for the existence of the Good, a metaphor f…Read more
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    Is There a Distinctively Feminist Philosophy of Religion?
    Philosophy Compass 7 (6): 422-435. 2012.
    Feminist philosophers of religion such as Grace Jantzen and Pamela Sue Anderson have endeavoured, firstly, to identify masculine bias in the concepts of God found in the scriptures of the world’s religions and in the philosophical writings in which religious beliefs are assessed and proposed and, secondly, to transform the philosophy of religion, and thereby the lives of women, by recommending new or expanded epistemologies and using these to revision a concept of the divine which will inspire b…Read more