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    Extending the Debate on the Argument from Reason
    Philosophia Christi 20 (2): 517-539. 2018.
    In our exchange in the book, C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con, edited by Gregory Bassham, David Kyle Johnson argued that four naturalistic views, property dualism, the identity theory, epiphenomenalism, and eliminative materialism, can all meet the challenge posed by a C. S. Lewis–style argument from reason. I maintain that his response fails to take into account what a consistent naturalism is committed to, and that his defenses of these positions fail to put those positions in …Read more
  • Physical Causes and Rational Belief: A Problem for Materialism?
    Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1989.
    This dissertation is an examination of the merits of an argument that naturalism is self-stultifying because it is incompatible with the possibility of rational inference. Since naturalists are committed not only to the view that nothing exists but nature, but are also to the truthfulness of the natural sciences, such an incompatibility, if shown to exist, would be very damaging. This argument has been put forward by various persons in this century; two versions in C. S. Lewis are my primary par…Read more
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    Miracles and the case for theism
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 25 (1). 1989.
    THIS PAPER IS A DISCUSSION OF MACKIE’S HUMEAN ARGUMENT THAT MIRACLES CANNOT PLAY A ROLE IN A CASE FOR THEISM. I ARGUE THAT MACKIE IS MISTAKEN IN CONTENDING THAT MIRACLES CANNOT FORM PART OF A CASE FOR THEISM. IF THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT CERTAIN EVENTS DEVIATE FROM THE ORDINARY COURSE OF NATURE, AND IF AFFIRMING THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WOULD RENDER THAT EVIDENCE MORE COMPREHENSIBLE THAN OTHERWISE, THEN IT MUST BE ADMITTED THAT EVIDENCE THAT THESE EVENTS HAVE OCCURRED IS EVIDENCE THAT GOD EXISTS
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    Ramsey on eliminativism and self‐refutation
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 (4): 499-508. 1991.
    No abstract
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    The Argument from Reason
    Philo 2 (1): 33-45. 1999.
    In this paper I argue that the existence of human reason gives us good reason to suppose that God exists. If the world were as the materialist supposes it is, then we would not be able to reason to the conclusion that this is so. This contention is often challenged by the claim that mental and physical explanations can be given for the same event. But a close examination of the question of explanatory compatibility reveals that the sort of explanation that would have to be given for the event of…Read more