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God, Reason and Theistic Proofs (Reason & Religion) (Reason and Religion) [Paperback]

Stephen T. Davis
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Table of Contents

1. What is a Theistic Proof?
I. Defining the concept
II. The goal of a theistic proof
III. Assumptions of theistic proofs
IV. What if a theistic proof were successful?
V. Do theistic proofs accomplish anything?
2. The Ontological Argument
I. Introduction
II. Anselm's argument
III. Gaunilo's criticisms of the OA
IV. Kant's criticism
V. Rowe's criticism
VI. Two brief `refutations' of the OA
3. Theistic Proofs and Religious Realism
I. Religious nonrealism
II. Anselm on `conceiving'
III. D. Z. Phillips' position
IV. Anselm against Phillips
V. Conclusion
4. The Cosmological Argument
I. Introduction: Aquinas' versions of the CA
II. The Third Way
III. Why is infinite regress impossible in a hierarchical series?
IV. Criticisms of the CA
5. Theistic Proofs and Foundationalism
I. Introduction
II. Reformed epistemology
III. Analysing Plantinga's argument
IV. Criticisms of foundationalism
6. The Design Argument
I. Introduction
II. Paley's version of the DA
III. Hume's objections
IV. Evolution as a criticism of the DA
V. Newer versions of the DA
VI. Criticisms of newer DAs
VII. Conclusion
VIII. Swinburne and Bayes' Theorem
7. Religious Experience
I. Introduction
II. Religious experience as a theistic proof
III. Swinburne's argument
IV. Objections to the argument
V. Conclusion
8. Other Theistic Proofs
I. Ontological argument number 2
II. A generic cosmological argument
III. The moral argument
IV. The Kalaam cosmological argument
9. Alternatives to Theistic Proofs
I. Introduction
II. Pascal's Wager
III. Criticisms of the Wager
IV. James' argument
V. Objections to James' argument
10. Conclusion
I. Introduction
II. How important is the existence of God?
III. Do theistic proofs prove the existence of God?
IV. The value of theistic proofs

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