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    Replies to Leidenhag and Trakakis
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (2): 195-206. 2021.
    In this essay, I reply to the comments of Joanna Leidenhag and Nick Trakakis on my book Religion After Science: The Cultural Consequences of Religious Immaturity.
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    On Religious Skepticism
    International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 10 (3-4): 268-282. 2020.
    I seek to promote a fuller understanding of religious skepticism by defending five theses. These concern, respectively: its breadth, discussed in relation to theism on the one hand and naturalism on the other; why it should be distinguished from a general metaphysical skepticism; how it is supported by the consequences of recent cultural evolution, which at the same time enable new and stronger arguments for atheism; the relations it bears to non-doxastic religious faith; and, finally, its curio…Read more
  • Monotheism and the Rise of Science
    Cambridge University Press. 2020.
    This Element traces the effects of science's rise on the cultural status of monotheism. Starting in the past, it shows how monotheism contributed to science's rise, and how, returning the favour, science provided aid and support, until fairly recently, for the continuing success of monotheism in the west. Turning to the present, the Element explores reasons for supposing that explanatorily, and even on an existential level, science is taking over monotheism's traditional roles in western culture…Read more
  • The Evolutionary Answer to the Problem of Faith and Reason
    Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 2 (1). 2010.
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    Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion
    Cornell University Press. 2005.
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    A New Logical Problem of Evil Revisited in advance
    Faith and Philosophy. forthcoming.
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    Truth-triggered religious commitments
    Religious Studies 1-17. forthcoming.
  • In this provocative work, J. L. Schellenberg addresses those who, influenced by science, take a negative view of religion, thinking of it as outmoded if not decadent. He promotes the view that transcendently oriented religion is developmentally immature, showing the consilience of scientific thinking about deep time with his view. From this unique perspective, he responds to a number of influential cultural factors commonly thought to spell ill for religion, showing the changes – changes favorab…Read more
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    The Epistemology of Modest Atheism
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (1): 51--69. 2015.
    Distinguishing between the old atheism, the new atheism, and modest atheism, and also between belief and acceptance, and belief and acceptance tokens and types, I defend the disjunctive view that either modest atheistic belief or modest atheistic acceptance, construed as type, is today epistemically justified in the context of philosophical inquiry. Central to my defence is a deductive version of the hiddenness argument and an emphasis on the early stage of philosophical inquiry that we presentl…Read more
  •  204
    The atheist’s free will offence
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 56 (1): 1-15. 2004.
    This paper criticizes the assumption, omnipresent in contemporary philosophy of religion, that a perfectly good and loving God would wish to confer on finite persons free will. An alternative mode of Divine-human relationship is introduced and shown to be as conducive to the realization of value as one involving free will. Certain implications of this result are then revealed, to wit, that the theist's free will defence against the problem of evil is unsuccessful, and what is more, that free wil…Read more
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    Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason
    Philosophical Review 104 (1): 153. 1995.
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    Review of Michael Martin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (6). 2007.
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    How to Make Faith a Virtue
    In Timothy O'Connor Laura Goins (ed.), Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue, Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Index
    In The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion, Cornell University Press. pp. 263-268. 2009.
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    Evolutionary Religion
    Oxford University Press. 2013.
    Prologue: Deep Time Religion -- Half a Revolution -- First Among Unequals? -- Evolutionary Skepticism -- The New Pessimism -- The New Optimism 6. Imagination is Key -- The "Chief Objections" -- Religion for Pioneers -- Epilogue: Darwin's Door and Hegel's Hinge.
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    In many places and times, and for many people, God's existence has been rather less than a clear fact. According to the hiddenness argument, this is actually a reason to suppose that it is not a fact at all. The hiddenness argument is a new argument for atheism that has come to prominence in philosophy over the past two decades. J. L. Schellenberg first developed the argument in 1993, and this book offers a short and vigorous statement of its central claims and ideas. Logically sharp but so clea…Read more
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    In this paper I argue that moral virtue is sometimes causally necessary both for theistic belief and for nonbelief. I then argue for some further connectionsbetween these results and the Calvinist view, recently revived in the philosophy of religion, according to which theistic belief is typically warranted and all those who dissent from such belief persist in their nonbelief because of sin. Specifically, I maintain that the virtue of belief militates against its being warranted, and that the vi…Read more
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    The sounds of silence stilled: a reply to jordan
    God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence. 2008.
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    On reasonable nonbelief and perfect love: Replies to Henry and Lehe
    Faith and Philosophy 22 (3): 330-342. 2005.
    Some Christian philosophers wonder whether a God really would oppose reasonable nonbelief. Others think the answer to the problem of reasonable nonbelief is that there isn’t any. Between them, Douglas V. Henry and Robert T. Lehe cover all of this ground in their recent responses to my work on Divine hiddenness. Here I give my answers to their arguments
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    How to be an atheist and a sceptic too: Response to Mccreary
    Religious Studies 46 (2): 227-232. 2010.
    Mark McCreary has argued that I cannot consistently advance both the hiddenness argument and certain arguments for religious scepticism found in my book The Wisdom to Doubt (WD). This reaction was expected, and in WD I explained its shortsightedness in that context. First, I noted how in Part III of WD, where theism is addressed, my principal aim is not to prove atheism but to show theists that they are not immune from the scepticism defended in Parts I and II. To the success of this aim, McCrea…Read more
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    The Wisdom to Doubt is a major contribution to the contemporary literature on the epistemology of religious belief.
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    This paper begins by surveying some of the problems facing Swinburne 's general approach, finding unfortunate the absence from his tetralogy of a strategy that might have helped to alleviate them, namely an attempt to show that a traditional Christian creed is more probable than the creed of any other religion. It then discusses certain particular arguments of the tetralogy – arguments offered in defence of the traditional Christian doctrine of the Atonement – which are central to the detailed w…Read more
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    The Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Response
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 26 455-462. 1996.