The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God. The Miracle of Theism By J. L. Mackie Clarendon Press, , Pp., £, £ . The late John L. Mackie, formerly of University College, Oxford. The Miracle of Theism. Arguments For and Against the Existence of God. John L. Mackie. Publication Date – January ISBN: pages.

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This creation of supervenient value, as Mackie terms it, is indistinguishable from the creation of supervenient value undertaken by many oof and monarchs down through human history, imposing their own codes of conduct onto their subjects.

The Miracle of Theism – Paperback – J. L. Mackie – Oxford University Press

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His book is tbeism the same genre as Smith’s Atheism: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Mackie comes down on the side of atheism, and he clearly explains why in this work. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

February 23,In: It is also highly recommended because Mackie also tries to examine the marginal arguments for Theism made by Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, William James, and Pascal. A lot more boring than I had hoped.

The Miracle of Theism – Paperback – John L. Mackie – Oxford University Press

Instead of wasting your time reading “God Delusion”, “Letters to the Christian Nation”, “God is not great”, or any of that new Atheist nonesense that is only good for simple-minded Atheists who want an easy argument against obviously horrible formulated arguments for Theism, it is muracle MUST to read this book to find yourself reading critiques against the more rebust or more interesting or eccentric arguments for the existence of God made by Plantinga, Swineburne, and others.


Sean Strnad rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Ships from and sold by Amazon. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Philosophers and theologians have debated this question for centuries, offering arguments and counter-arguments taking many different forms. Mackie is thorough, but not so thorough as to make Mr Mackie does an above average job of introducing arguments for the existence of god. Still, well mirzcle two millennia later, and in spite of a bounty of examples of religiously-inspired violence, we find the question persists.

Don’t have a Kindle? While it is true that Mackie does not cover many other arguments, he does cover many of the notable and rebust arguments that Theism has made, and unlike other cheap Atheist books he doesn’t select the more vulnerable arguments, but rather he tackles the well-respected arguments that was made during his time before his unfortunate demise.

This is not an easy read, by any measure — unless, of course, you are a philosopher by trade miraclle are accustomed to wading through dense philosophical material and deciphering the language of complex reasoning.

Chapter seven addresses the argument from consciousness, noting how theism takes the physical connection between intentions and their fulfillment i.

I think that this was an excellent book to read and helpful if you are looking for atheists makcie have truly thought through atheism and theism and reasoned to atheism. Instead, we have created a government where multiple people are elected from different areas and different walks of life, and they are held accountable by us in an effort to ensure that our interests are better represented in legal decisions.


While the New Atheist will simply ridicule theism, Mackie takes Theism so seriously that he thwism the most of his intellectual resources to show why Theism is such an ironically miraclous claim.

The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God

Mackie claims that god, by any reasonable definition, has power over causal laws. Patrick Loobuyck – – Heythrop Journal 51 2: The Miracle of Theism: If you are not up to date on their writings, again you will feel as though there are holes in your understanding and find it difficult to grasp the significance of Mackie’s objections to theism.

Ross – – Ethics 94 4: Stephen Puryear – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 4: Oxford University Press Parsons – – Prometheus Books. But now, many years later, I was referred to it once again by a reference in another work that piqued my interest, and purchased it for the second time in my life, and this time, sat down and read it within a week’s time.

But, unlike so many atheist treatises today, he is profoundly civil to the “enemy” and allows them to articulate their best arguments, even putting the best spin on them as he possibly can.

This is one of the most admirable literature of philosophy of religion that J. McBrayer – – Philosophy Compass 5 7:

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