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    Revisiting the ‘Reformed Objection’ to Natural Theology
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (2): 37-62. 2009.
    In the present paper I address two significant and prevalent errors concerning to natural theology within the Reformed theological tradition. First, contrary to Alvin Plantinga, I argue that the idea of properly basic theistic belief has not motivated or otherwise grounded opposition to natural theology within the Reformed tradition. There is, in fact, a Reformed endorsement of natural theology grounded in the notion that theistic belief can be properly basic. Secondly, I argue that late ni…Read more
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    Reformed epistemology and Christian apologetics
    Religious Studies 39 (3): 299-321. 2003.
    It is a widely held viewpoint in Christian apologetics that in addition to defending Christian theism against objections (negative apologetics), apologists should also present arguments in support of the truth of theism and Christianity (positive apologetics). In contemporary philosophy of religion, the Reformed epistemology movement has often been criticized on the grounds that it falls considerably short of satisfying the positive side of this two-tiered approach to Christian apologetics. Refo…Read more
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    Can Religious Unbelief Be Proper Function Rational?
    Faith and Philosophy 16 (3): 297-314. 1999.
    This paper presents a critical analysis of Alvin Plantinga’s recent contention, developed in Warranted Christian Belief (forthcoming), that if theism is true, then it is unlikely that religious unbelief is the product of properly functioning, truth-aimed cognitive faculties. More specifically, Plantinga argues that, given his own model of properly basic theistic belief, religious unbelief would always depend on cognitive malfunction somewhere in a person’s noetic establishment. I argue that this…Read more
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    Signs of Reincarnation: Exploring Beliefs, Cases, and Theory by James Matlock
    Journal of Scientific Exploration 35 (1). 2021.
    James Matlock’s Signs of Reincarnation discusses important issues related to the belief in reincarnation. These include the historical and social prominence of this belief in various cultures around the world, especially its place in spiritual and religious communities. Matlock also explores data seemly suggestive of reincarnation and attempts to develop a theory of reincarnation that can account for the data collected by parapsychological investigators and researchers. In this way, Matlock aims…Read more
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    Super-Psi and the Survivalist Interpretation of Mediumship
    Journal of Scientific Exploration 23 (2). 2010.
    According to the survivalist interpretation of mediumship, the existence of discarnate persons provides the best explanation for the data associated with physical and mental mediumship. Others—advocates of what is often called the “super-psi hypothesis”—maintain that the data of mediumship may be at least equally explained in terms of living agent psi. Many defenders of the survivalist interpretation of mediumship attempt to defl ate the alleged explanatory virtues of the super-psi hypothesis by…Read more
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    A Critical Response to David Lund's Argument for Postmortem Survival
    Journal of Scientific Exploration 27 (2). 2013.
    In Persons, Souls and Death, David Lund presents a cumulative case argument for postmortem survival based on the ostensible explanatory power of survival in relation to data drawn from psychical research. In this paper I argue that the survival hypothesis does not satisfy at least two necessary explanatory criteria accepted and deployed by Lund. First, the data that the survival hypothesis ostensibly explains are not otherwise improbable, as much if not all of the data may be adequately accounte…Read more
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    Book Reviews (review)
    with Robert Epstein, Etzel Cardeña, Tana Dineen, Greg Ealick, Richard Conn Henry, C. Richard Desper, Barry Greenwood, John Alexander, Michael Grosso, Deborah Blum, and Jeffrey Long
    Journal of Scientific Exploration 23 (3). 2010.
    359 The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing, by Richard Kradin - Robert Epstein 363 Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, by Russell T. Hurlburt and Eric Schwitzgebel - Etzel Cardeña 365 Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, by Christopher Lane - Tana Dineen 369 Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, by Alva Noë - Greg Ealick 371 Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understa…Read more
  • John Calvin
    In Graham Robert Oppy & Nick Trakakis (eds.), Medieval Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2, Oxford University Press. pp. 3--47. 2009.